Using ProxyMesh with Visual Web Ripper

05 January 2013

Visual Web Ripper (aka VWR) is a visual tool for data extraction from the web. It allows you to scrape data from targeted web pages without writing a line of code. Though if you do want to write code, you can get full control of VWR using their .NET programming interface.

Using a http proxy server like ProxyMesh with VWR ensures your anonymity and protects your privacy. An anonymous proxy server that changes your IP address will help you avoid rate limits and reduce the chances of being blocked.

To use ProxyMesh with Visual Web Ripper, you must use IP authentication. Once you've subscribed to ProxyMesh, you can go into the account dashboard, and on the right side of the page there is a link to add IP addresses. This link will take you to a form for adding IP addresses (your current IP address is shown to the right of the form). Once you have saved your IP address(es) for authentication, you can configure the proxy settings in Visual Web Ripper or Internet Explorer to use the ProxyMesh proxy server hostname and port.

After IP authentication is setup and proxy settings are configured, you will be able to benefit from ProxyMesh's anonymous IP changer proxy, which rotates IP addresses for you. This will hide your IP address behind a fast anonymous proxy designed specifically for anonymous screen scraping.