Anyone have any idea why I'm suddenly seeing a large number of hits using a browser with the following UA string:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)

Only happened in the last few days too. Weird.

§479 · July 15, 2008 · Microsoft, Software, Technology, Web · Tags: , , · [Print]

3 Comments to “IE 5.5 Up-Tick?”

  1. Rob says:

    Could be a bot. Can you correlate them to IP addresses, a set of urls on your site or a referrer string?

  2. I looked at the URLs and they all seemed like my root page (not a specific page). No referrer string. The IP addresses seemed different, but I didn’t really look at that, maybe I’ll find some time tonight.

  3. hdh says:

    I have seen this UA too, first time in late June, it fetched just the /plos page. In early July it went another round, fetching everything linked on the /plos page except for the CSS, the feed, and the PNG. It also fetched the root and /style/ directories, I don’t know why.

    From then on, it just checks back on /plos. All in all is 7 IP addresses, 28 GETs, none with Referer.