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Many visits come with the "PeoplePal" string in them ... for example (this is only an example of many variations):
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Media Center PC 5.0; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; PeoplePal 7.0) w:PACBHO60
Per [home.peoplepc.com...] PeoplePal is a helpful toolbar - by other accounts it is malware that should be removed.
(1) Is traffic that contains the "PeoplePal" user agent string coming from a "background" activity of some sort or is it the result of a surfer really coming to my site?
(2) Will ALL traffic from this browser to my site contain the "PeoplePal" user agent string or only traffic that comes from actually using the PeoplePal toolbar?
In short, I'm trying to figure out how to classify the many visits I get from a variety of "PeoplePal" user agent strings.
ADVthanksANCE for any guidance you can offer ... I've lurked here for years and it's been really helpful, but the "search" didn't turn up much on PeoplePal ...
It's probably a helpful tool to people, in the same way that Google Toolbar is.
It's probably malware (whatever that is), in the sense of collecting more information about a person's browsing than maybe they would like (a lot like Google Toolbar).
It may even skew search results display to its users, in favor of its partners. You could call that malware too I guess. Sorta like the Google toolbar.
But if your question is whether you should block these visitors, that would not be in your best interest. If you want to know whether to count them as real visitors, I think the answer is yes.
These toolbars come and go in the UA string. Six months ago it was something else.