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

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 Jun 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)


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