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When you search on Google, often you click on an applicable result – to find that you arrive at a registration page.

The reason is that there are some websites that allow Google to browse for content, but not you.

With this easy hack, you can disguise yourself as Google by changing your browser’s identity (named user agent) to Googlebot.

I will explain how to do this in the major two browsers: Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer – I am unsure of how to do this in Safari, Opera etc. Please send me a message if you know how to.

Firefox

  1. Type in about:config in the address bar.
  2. Scroll down to “general.useragent.extra.firefox“.
  3. Double click on it and type in “Googlebot 2.1“.
  4. This will change Firefox user agent to the google bot.
  5. When you are done, click Reset to restore the property to its default value.

Internet Explorer

  1. Download this zip file, and extract the .reg file.
  2. Now double-click the .reg file to merge it into Windows registry.
  3. When you are done, merge this reg file into the Windows registry. This will return the user agent to the default.

Have fun.



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16 thoughts on “Access Websites That Require You to Login [How To]”

  1. Wix TT says:

    Nice! It worked

  2. Wix TT says:

    Nice! It worked

  3. DJEJE991 says:

    This works for so many sites. I wonder how long it will work for…

  4. DJEJE991 says:

    This works for so many sites. I wonder how long it will work for…

  5. Emisias says:

    Good advice – many thanks

  6. Emisias says:

    Good advice – many thanks

  7. AKMA says:

    I believe the firefox method you mentioned, is the same concept used in this firefox add-on(which should make it more simple for users).

    Anyway, its still a good tip. Thank you for the info!!

  8. AKMA says:

    I believe the firefox method you mentioned, is the same concept used in this firefox add-on(which should make it more simple for users).

    Anyway, its still a good tip. Thank you for the info!!

  9. Rich says:

    Thanks AKMA :)

  10. Rich says:

    Thanks AKMA :)

  11. Federico Butler says:

    Good hack

  12. Federico Butler says:

    Good hack

  13. Marcela says:

    ohhhhhhhhhh good, thank you so much, it really works!

  14. Marcela says:

    ohhhhhhhhhh good, thank you so much, it really works!

  15. Mel says:

    Nice trick – of course there are many other tools that will enable you to do the same things but user agent switcher is a great tool.

  16. Mel says:

    Nice trick – of course there are many other tools that will enable you to do the same things but user agent switcher is a great tool.

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