3 Ways to access ‘Must Sign Up to View’ Sites

Shankar Ganesh 12-03-2008

This happens many times to me: I search on Google for a problem I’m having with my computer, click on a search result, reach the site (most of the time, it’s a forum), and boom! I have to register in order to view the solution on the page. Or worse, on some occasions, they want me to pay them to view the page.


But instead I have tried ways to bypass such sign up forms. Here are a few tips for you:

1. Bug Me Not

Aibek previously covered How To Access 'must signup to read...' type Websites without Registering Read More Bug Me Not BugMeNot - Disposable Login Details Read More which is a wonderful service that provides disposable login details for most sites and forums. You could use those IDs and passwords to login – bypassing compulsory registrations. Most of the time this should suffice, especially for popular sites. There’s also a Firefox extension available.
But Bug Me Not obviously does not have login details for every site on the entire internet. Sometimes the login details provided for some of these sites don’t work anymore. In that case, you could try the following methods:

2. Google Cache

If the snippet near the result seemed to talk about the problem you’re having, there are high chances that Google Cache should have a copy of the website you landed on. One of the sites where it works quite well is ‘Experts Exchange’.

Using Google Cache to Bypass compulsory registrations

Instead of clicking on the tagect link, just click the ‘Cached’ link near the search result. View the page. Go till the end of it. You might end up finding the information there.


3. Be the Bot

In a rare case when you’re not able to view the solution even by accessing the Google Cache, you can use Be The Bot.


Be The Bot [Broken URL Removed] fools the site to thinking that Google Crawler Bot is accessing it. And hence, you’ll get a view of the ‘real’ site via Be The Bot.

What other ways can you think of to bypass compulsory registration forms in sites, especially forums?


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  1. HRH
    April 7, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Where can I find out how peopl are able to bypass a pay-to-view restriction on my partner's website which hosts my documents ?

    A lot of customers have been able to do so but, the company are trying to suggest the customer who told me about it is exaggerating.

    How would I be able to show them because, in the menatime, the prson who told me the numbers is a customer herself and I know she is telling me the truth about what she saw-

  2. hiiiiiii
    January 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    does this work for porn sites? :D

  3. tips photo
    February 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for all these great solutions to a problem that has always bugged me. I can definitely use these and let my friends know about these. They will be very grateful.

  4. sangram
    April 24, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for Expert Exchange trick.

  5. Mike
    March 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Wow nice websites. Thanks!

  6. Tyler
    March 14, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I never heard of "Be the Bot" before, gonna have to try that out, thanks.

  7. ben
    March 14, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Thanks now experts exchange will probably close that hole.


  8. hoodlum
    March 14, 2008 at 3:02 am

  9. subcorpus
    March 13, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    be the bit sounds good ...
    way back machine doesnt have images most of the time ...
    so IT related articles dont have screen caps ... :(

  10. dentalkid
    March 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm is wading through shark infested waters. i dont think google, as magnanimous and open minded as it seems to be, is going to take kindly to random sites forging its headers. expect, at the very least, legal action leading to a court order to shut it down very soon.

    • Tim McCormack
      March 13, 2008 at 6:15 pm

      I don't think you have to worry about Google suing

      After all, Internet Explorer (and it's not the only one) forges its headers to pretend to be a Mozilla browser.

      It's a fine tradition.

  11. Rich
    March 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Great tips, there are more like them here.

  12. Jon
    March 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    For Experts Exchange ... no fancy tricks are needed. The results at the top of the page are hidden, but the exact same answers are UNHIDDEN at the bottom of the page. Try scrolling down! It's because Google has strict rules about showing the googlebot a different page than regular users.

    Experts Exchange: Scroll Down!

    • Shankar Ganesh
      March 16, 2008 at 12:11 am

      Didn't know that when I wrote this :(

      But I still believe Google Cache might help you discover hidden info in a lot of other sites.

  13. Dave Drager
    March 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Be the bot.... great stuff!

  14. Sumesh
    March 13, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Good tips - I've been using another method that you missed. Why reveal now? I'll write a post on it on MUO.

  15. Patricia
    March 12, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you for that timely piece of info. Be the bot...nice touch!

  16. Georgios
    March 13, 2008 at 3:24 am

    You may also want to consider mailinator. When a site requires registration, enter your email address as:

    Mailinator ( will accept any incoming email and keep it for some days. You may then access it if you check for the address you used. Anybody else could theoretically also read it but should know the specific string you used as your address...

    • Shankar Ganesh
      March 16, 2008 at 12:10 am

      Good one. Thanks for sharing.

      I have tried mailinator before, and I really find these temporary email services very helpful.

  17. BKB
    March 13, 2008 at 12:32 am

    If you're using Firefox, you can also use the Firefox user agent switcher to pretend to be googlebot.

    You can also use this to pretend to be an iPhone, etc.

    • Shankar Ganesh
      March 16, 2008 at 12:09 am

      Thanks, I've tried this extension before, but I totally didn't remember this when writing this article.

  18. Sherri
    March 12, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for BeTheBot; I hadn't heard of that one. I also occasionally use the WayBack Machine at - I made a keyworded search for it.