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Web Robot. A generic term applied to any program which retrieves information from websites.

Common examples of web-bots include:

  • Search engines use web-bots (sometimes also called search-bots or simply bots) to gather (trawl) information from websites, which the search engine will then use to respond to search queries.
  • An email-harvester will use a web-bot to gather email addresses from web-pages or from newsgroup postings. These are then used by spammers who then spam the harvested email addresses.

A harvester-bot is used spammers to harvest e-mail addresses from web pages.

See also bot.