How to Disable Admin Tools in Joomla

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If you are accidentally locked out of his Joomla administrator by Admin Tools. Either by thestrict security feature in Admin Tools that denies you access, even though he was a super user or you forgot the ‘Administrator secret URL parameter’.

The error your will receive after several unsuccessful attempts will be :

You are a spammer, hacker or an otherwise bad person.

Two methods to resolve this :

  1. Rename Plugin Folder
  • Login through FTP
  • Go to the plugins/system/admintools/admintools folder
  • Rename main.php file to main-disable.php

Now login in the administrator area to confirm the fix is indeed working.

2.  Rename Plugin through PhpMyAdmin

  1. Login to Phpmyadmin
  2. Choose the database
  3. Find “prefix_extensions” table (where prefix is the unique value of your database tables)
  4. Filter rows with for plugin’s name: “System – Admin Tools”
  5. Edit the record from the results area
  6. Change the “enabled” value to 0
  7. Save Changes

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