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googlebotThis hack (and the related Firefox addon) is really incredible, I have go to tell you. But what left me  speechless is that it  works for real! But why would you like to disguise yourself  into a GoogleBot? Why would you like to cheat and trick websites, blogs and forums into thinking you are a GoogleBot spidering their web pages? Well, the most simple explanation is that in this way nobody will recognize you. Basically, apart from the IP address which will be left as it is, you won’t left any footprint on those websites logs because you will look like a regular, true Google robot! But, of course there is more at stake here. As you know, a lot of forums don’t allow you to see  and read their contents or whole threads unless you are a registered member. With this trick you will be able to bypass and skip registrations because all hidden content will be completely visible to you!

The hack involve the use of Firefox browser. Furthermore, the addon which automatically turns you into a GoogleBot is for Firefox only.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. In the Web address bar, type: about:config and press Enter.
  3. Click the I’ll be careful, I promise button.
  4. In the Search filter, type:  useragent and press Enter.
  5. Now, from the list of results, double click the general.useragent.extra.firefox key.
  6. Such key identifies the browser in front of blogs and websites as Firefox.
  7. Now, copy and paste: Googlebot/2.1; http://www.google.com/bot.html in the key field and click OK.
  8. Of course you can add anything else in order to mask and conceive yourself such as: iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us (this code will turn your browser into an iPhone)
  9. Test your changes by using this page: http://chrispederick.com/work/user-agent-switcher/features/test/
  10. Of course, our goal is to skip website registration, so only the Googlebot code will work in this example.

In case this hack is a little tricky for you, there is a nice Firefox addon available that will make the dirty job for you. The addon is called UserAgent Switcher and adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of a browser. Personally speaking I find the addon more effective than the hack I described above. In fact, UserAgent Switcher also allows you to change the Description as well as the User Agent making the whole thing more effective.

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One Comment to “Amazing Way to Trick Websites into Thinking That You Are GoogleBot and Skip Registrations!”

  1. Gregg DesElms Says:

    Ha! You were way ahead of me on this one. As I was reading the instruction steps (which are good, of course), I was thinking to myself that there’s an easier (and maybe even better, and certainly less dangerous) way…

    …that way being “User Agent Switcher.” But then, in the last paragraph, you mention that fine little tool (and, actually, anyone knowing about User Agent Switcher would notice that step 9 utilizes its test page).

    It’s actually safer to use User Agent Switcher. Going into (and especially changing anything in) the “confiig:” area is not for the faint of heart; and it’s a good way to goof-up the browser, but fast.

    Of course, the elephant in the room in this discussion is whether getting around registration by faking the web site into believing that the browser is a search robot is right, in the first place. User registration is there for a reason; and necessarily includes — and this is the key, at least from a legal standpoint — the use of a password. Usurping a password-protected system, in most cases (in fact, in some states, by definition), amounts to breaking- or hacking-in to it…

    …which is very illegal in a whole lotta’ places (my own state, California, for example, being one of them). And we’re not talkin’ about a little infraction or misdemeanor, here. We’re talkin’ prison time and a felony conviction record for the rest of one’s life, years of probation upon release (during which one will be prohibited from even being in the same room with, much less using, a computer), and the payment of fines and costs in an amount that will take YEARS — maybe a lifetime — to pay off.

    I would caution, then, anyone contemplating the use of this methodology to pause and think long and hard about it.

    Just a word to the wise.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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