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7:21 am on Jun 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Reporting new (?) bot. Not quite sure what it's for. Looks like an url filter but why would an entry be made? Hit index.html and ignored robots.txt.

host2.webwasher.com (
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 4.0)

Referal looks like:

xx=("entry number")


10:24 am on June 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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WebWasher is a Personal Firewall, used to block ads. It filters, afaik, images that have the typical banner-ad size, but can also filter based on url (containing certain substrings..)

Now since rhe online advertising market is (as any market) constantly "evolving" they need a way to keep up to date (or how do you know that www.foo.com is an advertising company?)

I can well imagine that this keeping up to date is done by a fully-automated robot (or perhaps a directed one)