Searchport? What?

Discussion in 'ten-forward' started by Checkout, Jun 26, 2003.

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  1. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    I typed "www.visualzone.com" - thinking it might ne the home of Visualzone - and got this[/b[:

    Attention your ip address has been blocked from seachport servers

    Policy: Automated Retrieval Program (Robot) Activity on the Searchport(s) site(s)

    The searchport.com web site serves the needs of a wide and varied customer base.
    In order to serve those needs most efficiently, we strongly urge that individuals and organizations
    refrain from using automated retrieval programs (or robots) against the searchport(s) site.

    If it is absolutely necessary to use an automated retrieval program or robot to retrieve this information,
    please contact bill@nospam.netvisibility.com ( remove the nospan. addition to continue with email notification)

    Send request to be unblocked from the searchport.com site(s)

    A:) Include reason why such robot activity is required
    B:) Company complete contact information companyname,address,phone,email address
    C:) Qualified reason to have ip address unbanded from the servers


    Does anyone know what this is all about?
     
  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

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    Hi Checkout,

    Well, that looks like one of those people or companies that registers a lot of domain names, and then points them all to their main page in an attempt to both get traffic to their site, (based on name recognition from all the different names), and also in hopes that someone will pay them lots of money to actually buy one of the domains from them.

    That is not VisualZone's site. I believe they are here:

    http://www.visualizesoftware.com/

    It's a common and unfortunate occurrence.

    As for the robot thing, either your address is in an IP range that they are blocking for some reason, or perhaps they are reading referrer or other browser info, and some privacy software you are running is triggering that response from their web server software.
     
  3. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    Tx LWM - I was slightly concerned my browser had been hijacked to a spyware search engine.

    Phew!
     
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