Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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There are 9 of them browsing my forum right now. It's annoying.
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Re: Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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A topic exists here with blocking rules: viewtopic.php?p=15957246#p15957246
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Re: Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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You can deny access via the .htaccess, look here: https://www.phpbb.de/community/viewtopic.php?t=246960
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But wouldn’t it be better stopped at source if that actually works as it appears to?
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Re: Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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canam800er wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:30 am You can deny access via the .htaccess, look here: https://www.phpbb.de/community/viewtopic.php?t=246960
Thanks! That appears to have done the trick. I added the lines

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RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} Bytespider [NC]
RewriteRule ^.*$ - [F,L]
to the bottom of .htaccess, and the number of "guests" started getting lower and lower. They're all gone now. I'll post back if they return. Thanks again. :D
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Re: Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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ssl wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 5:39 am A topic exists here with blocking rules: viewtopic.php?p=15957246#p15957246
That topic links to another one, viewtopic.php?t=2550501. The solution in this post has served my boards well to handle not only Bytespider but many other aggressive crawlers/scrapers/bots.

FWIW, https://www.phpbb.com/search/?q=bytespider reveals a number of previous discussions/solutions.
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Re: Anyone know if I can block Bytespiders?

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P_I wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 4:04 pm The solution in this post
Thanks. Just tried it. Will post back if there's any further trouble.

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