How to reset/ clear all All In One WP Security And Firewall plugin

How to reset/ clear all All In One WP Security And Firewall plugin

How To Reset/ Clear all All In One WP Security And Firewall (AIOWPS) Plugin shows you how to remove all entries in the plugin using the reset addon and more.

AIOWPS plugin is very powerful and requires some testing and a bit of reading to make sure you don’t run into issues when enabling some of the security options. It has many options available to help protect your site from intruders and more. We have added a lot of documentation to help you further understand each option.

However many of you might run into issues while setting up AIOWPS plugin. I have written these instructions to help you reset the plugin and start from scratch.

These instructions are for those who have been blocked out from their site and have tried many different options to get back into their site as an administrators with no success. After you complete these steps you should be able to log back into your site as an administrator, enable the plugin and start configuring the settings from scratch.

What you need:

How To Reset AIOWPS Plugin

Step 1 ) Use cPanel file manager (or FTP) and temporarily rename this plugin’s folder.

Rename the plugins folder name from all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall to tmp-all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall, as illustrated in the following image. This process automatically disables the plugin in your site. (Note: If you still can’t log into your site, make sure you have cleared the plugins entries from the .htaccess file.)

Step 2 ) Log into your site using the standard login URL – ie, Then rename the folder back to its original name all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall.

Note: Make sure the name is correct, or else the plugin will not activate in your site.

Step 3 ) Go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins and deactivate All In One WP Security plugin and then activate All In One WP Security Reset Settings addon as illustrated in the image below.

Step 4 ) Then click on Settings -> AIOWPS Reset in the sidebar admin menu as illustrated in the image below.

Step 5 ) Click on Reset Settings button as illustrated in the image below. This will clear all the settings from AIOWPS plugin.

Step 6 ) Next go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins and deactivate All In One WP Security Reset Settings addon and activate All In One WP Security plugin as illustrated in the image below.

Step 7 ) Then click on No button in the message displayed when AIOWPS plugin is reactivated as illustrated in the image below. This will make sure that no settings are included in the plugin. Now you can start setting up the plugin from scratch.

Step 8 ) The above steps removes all the code and including the following tags added by AIOWPS plugin in your .htaccess file.

Tags Added To .htaccess File

  • # BEGIN All In One WP Security
  • # END All In One WP Security

Step 9 ) If the above steps don’t help you and you are still having issues with our plugin, click on the following link Remove All In One WP Security Database Tables to remove the plugin completely from your site and server.

Remove All In One WP Security Database Tables shows you how to search for the plugins tables in the corresponding database for your site.

These instructions shows you how to remove all tables and database entries with the name aiowps and or aio using phpMyAdmin.

These steps are important if you are having issues with our plugin and or you can’t log into your site anymore. These steps will totally remove aionwps entries from your sites database. This will allow you to reinstall a fresh new copy of the plugin and allow you to start all over setting up the plugin.

What you need:

  • All In One WP Security And Firewall
  • Access to your server’s phpMyAdmin. (Note: If you don’t have access or you don’t feel comfortable using phpMyAdmin, click the following link Remove AIOWPS From WP Database Tables And Options.)
  • (Alternative) You might only want to reset the plugin. If that is the case, click the following link How To Reset AIOWPS Plugin.

Remove All In One WP Security Database Tables

Important: Before you begin, create a database backup of your site. Just in case something goes wrong.

Step 1 ) These steps assume you have already deactivated and deleted the plugin from your site and removed all entries include the following tags from your .htaccess file. And now you want to make sure all tables are removed from your database.

# BEGIN All In One WP Security
# END All In One WP Security

However, if can’t log into your site to deactivate and delete the plugin, you will need to access to your site via FTP or cPanel file manager.

(Note: You can use this plugin wp-file-manager, if you don’t have access to your server and can log into your site. You can also use an FTP software like filezilla.)

Log Into Your Server

Step 2 ) Log into your server and run phpMyAdmin. Located the database for the site in question as illustrated below. In this example the database in question is word492.

Note: You might have more than one database running in your server. So make sure you select the correct database.

Step 3 ) When I click on word492 database, I can start searching for the plugins tables. In the following image, you can see straight away some plugin’s tables that are safe to delete with WordPress default database prefix wp_.

Note: WordPress default database prefix is wp_. In your site your database prefix might be different.

Tables Safe To Delete

  • aiowps_events
  • aiowps_failed_logins
  • aiowps_global_meta
  • aiowps_login_activity
  • aiowps_login_lockdown
  • aiowps_permanent_block

For the following two tables you need further investigation. In other words, don’t delete them. You need to search inside of them for any entries related to aiowps.

Investigate These Tables Further

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phpMyAdmin Search Options

Step 4 ) The following image shows you how to search your database for any entries that have the following word aiowps. Please make sure you carry out the following steps.

Searching Steps:

  • Enter the following word aiowps in the field as illustrated in the image below.
  • Under Find: select at lease one of the words. I find this to be the best option in this case.
  • Under Inside tables: Select Select all. Make sure all tables are selected in the database.
  • Finally click on Go button to begin the search.

phpMyAdmin Search Criteria Displayed

Step 5 ) The following image shows you 5 entries found in the following table wp_options. Click on Browse link to view all the entries found.

Note: In your case the search might show more than 5 entries found.

Step 6 ) The following image shows you the 5 entries found. If the options name have the following name values aio or aiowps, then you can safely delete them. Otherwise you need to edit and search for any entries with a the following values name aio or aiowps.

The following image shows you the Edit link you need to click on to begin searching. In this tutorial, the following option_name needed to be searched.

Search Inside

  1. _site_transient_update_plugins
  2. _transient_plugin_slugs
  3. aio_wp_security_configs
  4. aiowpsec_db_version
  5. You might also find the following entry aiowps_temp_configs, not showing in the image below.
  6. cron = For cron jobs, you might want to use one of the following plugins Manage WordPress Cron Jobs to delete the cron job from your site. This is much safer than working in phpMyAdmin.

Note: If you find more entries in options, please let me know and I will add them to the list above.

I hope the above tutorial helps you remove all aiowps entries from your database.

Click on the following link Troubleshooting to continue configuring the plugins settings.

Note: These steps will remove the plugins tables and entries from your WordPress database, the plugin from your site and remove the plugins settings. So make sure this is exactly what you want to do.


The above steps should help you remove all aiowps entries from your settings.

If you have any questions please let me know. I will be updating this post from time to time. So keep coming back for the latest.


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