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UserAgent Browser Identification

Some websites refuse connection except from specific browsers. You can generally convince your Mozilla browser to identify itself as something else by adding something like:

  user_pref("general.useragent.override", "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)");
to the appropriate
prefs.js file. For example, with firefox, the preferences file is something like /home/kayon/.firefox/default/xxxx.slt/prefs.js.

Plugins also exist to manage how the browser identifies itself to the server. The plugins will have names relating to user agent switching.


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