Like many of you, I don't wish my images indexed and placed in some pic gallery for homepage builders to harvest. Alta Vista's "vscooter" is just such an image bot (imo). I found it does follow robots.txt disallows - but - the other AV website crawler "scooter" would also not index. This one I do want to get pages.
Solution: I removed "vscooter" from robots.txt and banned it in .htaccess without the starting anchor (^); due to the other preceeding UA stuff. The other "scooter" now does not see anything resembling the word "scooter" in robots.txt so it goes on and crawls my site.
Disclaimer - this is how I have successfully dealt with the issue. Others may have alternate approaches or not even have had the problem in the first place.
In your original setup, did you have separate and distinct "User-agent" lines for both scooter and vscooter, or were you relying on one of them to 'fall through' and hit a default "User-agent: *" record?
>>Like many of you, I don't wish my images indexed and placed in some pic gallery<<
Yea, I felt that way prior to the ‘update’. Now I want them indexed so that it is a few more places someone can find us. But what I did was I wrote in the images, in big letters and using a color that did not take away from interpreting the image, ‘Sample www.mydomain.com’ Sure they could remove it, but it probably isn’t worth their time. Just an alternative.