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Have I been sprung?


han chung

5:33 am on Aug 5, 2000 (gmt 0)


I just recently had what looks like an AV spider visit my site (Mercator). Upon doing the DNS lookup, I got:

Name: crawler0-complaints-to-admin.webresearch.pa-x.dec.com

Has anyone seen this before? Does this mean someone's complained about my listing and AV has added me to their 'bad sites' list?



5:39 am on Aug 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

This has been talked about not long ago here, but you may have been unable to find it. In any case, the short story is that it is not anything to worry about.

Mercator and AV share IP's from similar blocks of addresses, they were once both owned by digital. The ominous looking host name is to advise you of how to contact them if you have complaints about their spider.

han chung

5:45 am on Aug 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

Phew! So it's just the garden variety AV spider then? Almost thought it was time to start investing in a new domain.




1:46 pm on Aug 27, 2000 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Is that to say that: ip number:

Host: crawler0-complaints-to-admin.webresearch.pa-x.dec.com

is an AV spider or just a close friend???



8:35 pm on Aug 27, 2000 (gmt 0)

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It is mercator. Run from the web research arm of Digital/Compaq/Altavista.