• 27th October 2011 - By Invisible Yahoo Detector

    1. Usually the detector, or better said, the yahoo messenger detectors are working on the same identical principle and a mistake seldom appears, as they send specific packages in order to detect. One of the false results can be caused is the Yahoo server gives back a bad answer.

    2. The base of the detection is specific robots and ID-s. Another cause of a false result may be due to problems the interpretation robots might have in the exact moment in which the user is checking, case which is extremely rare.

    3. About the robots we have to mention that sometimes it happens that all of them can be disconnected from Yahoo, probably the result of someone restarting the server on which they were connected. The reason of this disconnection is quite ambiguous and it doesn’t depends on us. The idea is that when these rare moments happen all of them are disconnected or they get a sort of “temporary ban” and during this they will always receive an online Status for all IDs that they check.

    4. During in one of the last weeks, one of the servers on which the robots were working on has physically broke down, and we had been put into the situation to give back random results until the issue was solved. The situation had been dealt with in approximately 2 hours. It is good to know though that these cases are extremely rare.

    5. False StatusAnother cause, which happens as rarely as the physical brake down of a server is the moment when the design, or something in the structure of the website is changed. This is when the server becomes slightly unstable, which puts us into the situation where we have to suspend for a couple of minutes parts of our service, or sometimes the whole detection service, until the situation is dealt with. Although this happens also during the first days after major changes have been introduced into the application, especially during the testing period.

    6. Another problem could be the Yahoo Messenger client that you use. Not so long ago, the detector was working on any Yahoo Messenger version and other clients as well, like Pidgin, Trillian, Miranda, etc. Now the detector is working on a more limited range of clients and Yahoo Messenger versions. For example, the detector is working perfectly on versions including Yahoo Messenger 10.

    7. Since Yahoo has made changes regarding their web messenger and now it became a part of their Yahoo Mail service our detectors are still able to show also the real yahoo status of Web Messenger users’ as well.

    Unfortunately since other web messenger services like Meebo or Ebuddy are running on the old protocols detectors can’t function properly in those cases.

    8. The last cause of a false result that we shall mention is that simply your Yahoo Messenger client had connected to a server that doesn’t have the vulnerability with which the detectors are working. To completely understand this aspect, we recommend reading the article in which it is explained how the detectors are working.

  • 29 Comments to “Why does the detector sometime return false Yahoo status?”

    • Don on November 14, 2011

      Thank you for your timely and thorough reply. I appreciate it.

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on November 14, 2011

        You’re welcome.
        It’s part of our politics of being a better invisible detector.

    • Lynda on November 23, 2011

      When I checked on imvisible it showed the person I was checking as online but on messenger his light was off…it didnt say he was imvisible so why did his light show as off but imvisible shows as on?

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on November 30, 2011

        Read carefully the entire text especially #3

    • Joe on May 15, 2012

      idk,,, at 1st the checker worked, but when I changed my own ym status to invisible, chk’r result was I’m off line—wtf. OR,,, does it not work on ur own ym id ?? (running ym

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on May 17, 2012

        Try now, we fixed the issue

        • Joe on May 21, 2012

          idk,,, I just tried several times. 1st tried when I was logged on YM invisible / result NOT on line. I refreshed the invcker, same result. Next I logged on YM visible,,, DID show on line. Changed my status to invisible but said off line. I refreshed the invcker and still same result.
          Next I closed YM,, reopened, (invisible),, result was NOT on line.
          Sooo,,,, seems no change,,, issure NOT fixed

    • Bill on May 29, 2012

      The system is sending wrong messages in the last week. Repeatedly tells that a certain buddy logged in imvisible and the next message is that the buddy is offline. But I know positively that at least 2 of these buddies were offline because they are mine. It seems that yahoo is trying to fool your system. If this is not fixed I will not renew the service.

    • Kim on June 3, 2012

      And your buddy list backup is giving errors as well.. just saying…

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on June 4, 2012

        It’s odd cause sometime is working.
        We’ll fix asap.

    • Jim on July 4, 2012

      I have a friend who’s status constantly changes when they are online – displays Online 70% of the time, Offline 25% of the time and Invisible 5% of the time. I know they are not playing with their status. My friend is mostly using YM on their mobile. Does this constantly changing status indicate they are using web messenger on their mobile as opposed to the Android app? Any ideas..?

    • kaydence on November 1, 2012

      freind is log on line but, his ID is only one letter and it is a d and his email is different, and it shows him as off line always, and he will be online talking to me so I know he’s on line, why is he not showing up at all? I type in the the letter d and noithing comes up and I’ve tried his email address to, and noithing comes up either.

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on November 1, 2012

        This is only because “d” couldn’t be his ID. Please read Yahoo Help and convince yourself that an ID should have at least 4 characters long.

    • Mohd on January 30, 2013

      I am offline and I checked my status, sometimes it is invisible and sometimes offline. I tried to check my buddies’ status it gives unreliable results

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on January 31, 2013

        We worked in order to fix the detector. Now it’s working properly 100%, and we’re the only detector out there witch is working. Sorry for inconvenience.

    • mohd on April 13, 2013

      Detecting invisible is not functioning at this time, it gives that the yahoo id is offline while it is in fact invisible.

    • freda on June 13, 2013

      why does it say that people dont have a facebook account when they do . i even tried myself and it says i dont have i either and i do whats up wih that

    • Bubble on June 16, 2013

      The detector seem have a problem, i tried many time it say im invisible when im online but just 2 min after i try again it say i’m offline… its never show me i’m online. Is it working good actually ?

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on June 19, 2013

        It’s working but not with 100% precision anymore

        • Cathy on December 10, 2013

          And why is it not working with 100% precision anymore ? Do you know how many arguments this could cause ….Wow

          • Invisible Yahoo Detector on February 17, 2014

            Because we have a lot of traffic and we can’t update avatars too often because Yahoo could ban our IP’s

    • Meme on October 15, 2013

      So, if someone shows invisible, then offline, does that mean they have been invisible sometime recently? Or does it work at all anymore?

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on October 25, 2013

        It could be some errors from our detector bots

    • Mohd on October 25, 2013

      It still give unreliable results. I hope they will fix it soon

    • tory burch sale on November 28, 2013

      You can if you want to,that’s your choice.

    • George on January 20, 2014

      I keep getting false reports. First it says invisible, then it says offline and continues saying offline. Very unreliable. I used another service yahoo check invisible.com and get a very consistent answer that is correct. My YM client is This detector needs some work.

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on February 17, 2014

        I checked the website you suggest and it returns random result 🙂

    • Young Dude on July 18, 2014

      I am very big fan of our service. But from the past time its not giving even 1% accurate result. It shows online as online but not working for invisible IDs. Its showing offline to invisible. Kindly correct the service. I am from India…

      • Invisible Yahoo Detector on September 7, 2014

        We’ll check

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