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WebWhacker 3.2 for Windows 95/98/NT
Q: After installing and using WebWhacker, can I
access the Web without WebWhacker? Yes, you can. When WebWhacker quits, it changes
the proxy server information in your Web browser
back to the way it was before you started running
Q: Why can I not access the Web without WebWhacker?
A: One possible reason is that WebWhacker did not
have the opportunity to change the proxy server
information in your Web browser back to its
original state. To fix this problem, restart
WebWhacker then exit. If this did not fix your
problem, then make sure WebWhacker is not started
and either remove the proxy server information
from your Web browser or change it back to its
Q: When offline, why does it take a long time to
display a page when double-clicking on a URL in
A: This is probably because you have the "Allow
passthru on cache misses" selected. That option
should only be selected when you are online. To
fix this problem, select Tools / Preferences...,
and on the Proxy Server tab deselect this option.
Q: When online, why do I see a page with a yellow
face when I click on a link in my Web browser?
A: This is probably because you have the "Allow
passthru on cache misses" deselected. That option
should only be deselected when you are offline.
To fix this problem, select Tools /
Preferences..., and on the Proxy Server tab
select this option.
Q: Why does my Web browser start dialing the modem
when I double-click on a URL in WebWhacker while
A: When you double-click on a URL in WebWhacker, the
program sends the URL to your Web browser. Your
Web browser may be configured with a Winsock
program that automatically dials the modem when
it receives a URL. Therefore, the problem is
between your Web browser and Winsock, not with
The solution is to use a Winsock that allows you
to stop dialing. Some Winsock programs, like
Trumpet, do not allow you to cancel the dialing.
Q: Where do I enter 127.0.0.1 as the proxy server?
A: WebWhacker acts like a proxy server, and it
automatically reconfigures your Web browser to
use WebWhacker as the proxy server. The IP
address of 127.0.0.1 and Port number of 8080
tells the Web browser to look on your own
computer for the proxy server, and that's where
it will find the whacked data. If your computer
is behind a firewall, then the IP address and
Port number of the firewall will be automatically
transferred from your Web browser to WebWhacker
when you start WebWhacker.
Therefore, the only place where 127.0.0.1 should
be entered is in your Web browser. That IP
address is never to be entered into WebWhacker.
If 127.0.0.1 is entered into WebWhacker, it will
not work correctly.
Q: What do I enter in WebWhacker as the proxy server?
A: Every time WebWhacker is started, it sees how
your Web browser is configured for a proxy server
and transfers that information into WebWhacker.
Normally, you do not need to enter anything into
WebWhacker. If WebWhacker somehow loses this
proxy server information from your Web browser,
you can add it by selecting Tools /
Preferences... and adding it on the Proxy Server
Q: My Web browser has the name of a computer as a
proxy server instead of an IP address. Why does
WebWhacker not work correctly?
A: Some PC configurations require that WebWhacker
use the IP address of the proxy server instead of
the computer name. The solution is to add the IP
address of the proxy server to WebWhacker by
selecting Tools / Preferences... and entering it
on the Proxy Server tab. If you don't know the IP
address of the computer that is your proxy
server, ask your Network Administrator.
Q: What if my proxy server requires a username and
A: WebWhacker cannot be used if your firewall or
proxy server requires a username and password to
access the Internet.
Q: Why does WebWhacker still not work after I've
configured it for my proxy server?
A: WebWhacker only works with a CERN proxy server.
It does not work with SOCKS or other types of
proxy servers. If you don't know which type of
proxy server is being used at your location, ask
your Network Administrator
Q: I can see the page in my browser. Why can't
WebWhacker whack it?
A: WebWhacker maintains its own connection to the
Internet that is separate from your Web browser's
connection to the Internet. One possible problem
is that the proxy server information is not
correctly entered into WebWhacker. To view what
has been set, select Tools / Preferences..., and
click on the Proxy Server tab. If you are behind
a firewall, that proxy server's IP address and
Port number should be in the Remote Proxy fields
Q: When exporting files, why can't I see the images?
A: The Export function in WebWhacker is similar to
the File / Save As... function of your Web
browser, except that it adds the ability to
automatically save all images or other associated
files. The exported page file contains only raw
HTML – the information you see when you select
View / Source in your Web browser.
Unless the Web page creator used relative URLs to
reference embedded graphics, these exported pages
do not display images. However, the text file of
the Web page and the graphic files can be viewed
with any application that can deal with those
particular file types. For example, you can view
the HTML code with most text editor or word
processors such as WordPad, and you can view
image files with most photo-editing applications
(such as Photoshop™). You can also view the Web
page and images separately using your Web browser.
Q: When I try to do a scheduled whack, WebWhacker
displays a "Buffer is Invalid" error message. How
do I fix this problem?
A: This error message is displayed when you are
using a modem and a Dial-Up Networking connection
is not selected within WebWhacker. To fix this,
select Preferences from the Tools menu, then
click on the Phone tab. If you are using a modem,
make sure the Use Modem field is checked. Then
double-click on the desired Dial-Up Networking
connection to place it in the Phone Book Entry
Q: When do I fill in my User Name, Password and
Domain on the Phone tab of the Preferences dialog?
A: You need to add this information to WebWhacker
only when it is different than the information in
the Dial-Up Networking connection that is
selected in the Phone Book Entry field.
Q: I've configured WebWhacker for my Web browser and
have whacked successfully. Why can I not browse
A: In your Web browser, there could be extra
characters after the proxy server information in
the Preferences dialog. Make sure that there are
no other characters after the 127.0.0.1 in the
Proxy server field.
Q: Can WebWhacker ignore or filter out certain types
A: Yes, WebWhacker can ignore inline images, which
will make the whacking of pages faster. To do
this, select Preferences... from the Tools menu.
On the General tab, select Ignore Inline Images.