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I notice many user agents showing those tools, but how do you know if the visitor just picked up the tool accidentally or installed it for a sinister purpose?
I wish there was a list of those tools that would alert a webmaster (red flag) for potential problems.
Hey, ho! Off to ban another google "bot".
I never bothered with transcoder before as it seemed innocuous. - dstiles
Why would you absolutely want to block the transcoder?
I'm not aware of all that it is used for but just last week I was checking out my website through my 1 x 1¼ inch Samsung mobile phone browser through Google mobile search. If I had blocked them I would not have been able to access my site as I did.
I have high word counts and large images to boot -- it displays perfectly on a tiny screen