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    FREE software to visit website automatically

    I am looking for some FREE software which will visit my website automatically to indicate l have had a visitor once a week. As l have a personal website which l have to visit once a week myself as otherwise it will shutdown, due to web hosts l am with. I cannot change hosts for various reasons also l don't want to submit site to search engines as it contains personal information.

    I don't think such a software package exists but l thought l would try anyway.

    I have tried searching in google, as what l am after is very specific.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Are you just trying to visit a page or do you need to perform a specific activity?

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Just visit a page, nothing else.

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Why not set your web browser's home page to your personal website?
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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Why not use the task scheduler to have a browser open to your web site on whatever schedule you need?

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Another way to take the manual aspect out is to do it with script and batch files

    ###VBS File###
    <pre>Option Explicit
    Dim IEA
    Set IEA = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
    IEA.Navigate "http://www.magicforest.co.uk"
    IEA.visible = true
    While IEA.Busy
    Wend
    IEA.Quit
    Set IEA = Nothing
    </pre>


    Save on the C: drive of the local PC as jezza.vbs

    ###BAT file###

    <pre>cscript.exe jezza.vbs</pre>


    Save on C:drive of the local PC as jezza.bat


    Now create a scheduled task that runs jezza.bat every 24 hours or when the PC is on
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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Hello,

    In your opinion which way is easiest and more reliable method to use your script or scheduled task?

    What program shall l use to create .vbs file if l decide to use that method?

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Is there any way to close the window down automatically after site has been opened , to save me closing it down myself? As l have in total 6 sites to visit.

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Yes

    the Line IEA.Quit in the vbs script does that for you
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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    If l want to visit 6 sites , do l amend the coding as follows (if say l wanted to visit google also would l add it to coding as per shown below?)

    ###VBS File###
    Option Explicit
    Dim IEA
    Set IEA = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
    IEA.NAVIGATE "HTTP://WWW.MAGICFOREST.CO.UK"
    IEA.NAVIGATE "HTTP://WWW.GOOGLE.CO.UK"
    IEA.VISIBLE = TRUE
    While IEA.Busy
    Wend
    IEA.Quit
    Set IEA = Nothing

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Yes <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Jezza,

    Script worked great, thanks for your help. But l did not see the website 'magic forest' come up on the screen, is this supposed to happen? i.e I am not supposed to see website?
    I would appreciate it if you could let me know, so l can implement script now l have tested it.

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    Jezza,

    Is there anyway to amend script so that website is not shown, as that would be ideal?
    If the website is not supposed to be shown up in the script you gave me that is perfect, many thanks once again for giving this to me.

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    If I'd come across this question earlier, I would have suggested using the well-known utility WGET (for WIndows) in a BATch file, to get something like INDEX.HTML from each website, and just ignore the contents.

    In a previous existence I used v1.5.3.1 of WGET to download AV updates from the Sophos website...
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    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

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    Re: FREE software to visit website automatically

    I have run across situations where sites/ providers were "clever" enough to be able to distinguish between an automated "visit" and an actual browser connection. I guess they looked at the protocols used and the way the program at the client end identified itself. Probably if it could masquerade as a browser it could get away with it e.g. I've seen options in browsers to ID themselves as IE6 etc. even if they're not. That said, I'm not sure if WGET can emulate this, or if it would be an issue with the particular sites involved.

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