We might have come across many web forums which might require a membership to view forum topics. I have a trick for browsing forums without any log in or sign up. I also admit that you cannot post any new topic using this method. You are allowed only to view the thread using this method.
How this trick possible?
Forums usually blocks unregistered users or unknown users but they don’t block any bots of Google or Yahoo! So, by this way we can browse any forums. You would require Mozilla Firefox to perform this trick. By installing an add-on and modifying some options, you will get success in this trick.
1. Open your Firefox browser and install the add-on named User Agent Switcher. I will also provide you the download link here
2. Download, Install and Restart your browser. Now navigate to Tools > Default User Agent > User Agent Switcher > Options…
3. Now Click on New > New User Agent…
4. Now copy the below code in the Description field of the dialog box you get.
5. Copy the below code in the User Agent Field.
Now your dialog box will look like the screenshot below:
6. Now Click on OK button of Edit User Agent dialog box and again give an ‘OK’ to User Agent Switcher Options dialog box.
7. Almost completed. You need to enable your Agent now.
Just Go to Tools > Default User Agent > crawl-66-249-66-1.googlebot.com
By doing this, you have enabled your agent that you created.
That’s it. You’re done now. Happy browsing forums. 😀