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Sim Spider doesn't work

Getting abuse message

     
9:06 am on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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When I'm trying to log in to Search Engine World's Spider Simulator I am redirected to WW login page and get a weird message:

status: We require login from users from your ISP because of abuse. Please login and then back up to view.

Have anybody else had such a message before?

Note: I haven't abused that tool ever.

9:24 am on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Go here first then click on the sim spider link.
[searchengineworld.com...]

It looks like the only allowed referral URLs are from the domain that sim spider sits on. This is a good way to stop hotlinkers.

9:24 am on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I got that too but it seems to be working again.
9:38 am on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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sun818,

I tried that too. Not working.

Am I turning blackhatted abuser, hih?

12:00 pm on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My guess: you're surfing with a Norton security package or anything similar that eleminates/hides referers.

[webmasterworld.com...]

1:13 pm on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I disabled Norton with no success. However, there are other simulators like delorie.com. Only that I liked Sim_Spider ;-)

Could it be my WLAN connection?

12:58 pm on Nov 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Clear your cache, then go to the homepage at searchengineworld and it will be ok. You have to have a refferal string from there. It was getting seriously abused by bots and such.
9:31 am on Dec 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Your help was all correct, Norton privacy control must be turned off to show referer. Then to the searchengineworld root and SE tools.

Thanks to you all :-)

6:43 pm on Dec 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I see quite a lot of websites using this kind of hotlinking prevention these days. Sometimes, webmasters don't wnat you to pull images from their server directly and it works well.
1:29 pm on Dec 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hot linking to the util I could live with, but the bots running it, and then presenting the results as their own just wasn't going to fly.