Fix For FilesTube Mediafire Download Issues

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 22, 2012

And the fallout continues. The popular file hosting and sharing website Mediafire, which is one of the best file hosting sites on the Internet thanks to the straightforward system it uses, has started to block direct incoming links from the popular file indexing and search service FilesTube.

When you look at how Mediafire handles download pages on their site, you will notice that they have attributes assigned to them that asks search engines not to index those pages at all. While that does not work 100% of the time, which you can verify by searching on a search engine like Google or Bing for term, it is working for the majority of files hosted on the site.

Mediafire's issue here is that these attributes can be ignored quite easily, so that the files hosted by the service are indexed. While you won't find companies like Google or Bing doing this, third party services such as FilesTube do. I can't really say how Filestube indexes contents, if it is only user submitted, or if the site sends outs its own bots that is crawling the Internet for new links.

As a consequence, Mediafire is blocking all incoming direct download requests from FilesTube as of now. FilesTube users who click on a Mediafire link receive the following message instead of the download:

file blocked by violation

File Blocked for Violation

The file you requested has been blocked for a violation of our Terms of Service.

If you believe you have reached this page in error, please contact support.

Users who copy the link directly on the other hand and paste it into a browser tab can download the file from MediaFire just like they could before.

filestube copy to clipboard

The only workaround for now, is to copy the link and paste it manually into the web browser or a third party download program like JDownloader.

The main motivation to block direct links from FilesTube seems to go beyond  "not-honoring" the indexing attributes of the file hosting site. The indexer first and foremost maintains a large list of files that are hosted on Mediafire, which could draw unwanted attention to Mediafire. The second reason is the way FilesTube embeds those download requests in their own the site, which reduces Mediafire's advertising revenue as a consequence. (via TorrentFreak)


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  1. kuro said on August 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

    once you paste it to bar, can your download be tracked by the copynazis?

  2. Richard Steven Hack said on April 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Most people posting file links on index sites are using file name shorting services to disguise the source of the links (and no doubt in some cases to generate revenue). I imagine at some point all those links will be blocked by file hosting sites, although that may prove difficult justify.

    People also usually disguise the file name to make it harder for hosting services to see which are copyrighted files.

    Sooner or later everyone will either go back to private (S)FTP sites and Usenet or simply use foreign sites in low IP enforcement countries and proxies to get to them. It’s a totally losing battle for the IP enforcers.

    It’s not even clear they will manage to keep Megaupload down or convict them of anything, since the morons at the DoJ didn’t serve criminal charges against the company because it’s a foreign company.

  3. Krishna said on April 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Rapidshare has also been doing this for the past 15 days.

  4. c2c said on April 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    or use RefControl.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Right, modifying the referral fixes the issue as well.

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