Excluding the good BOTS from /images folder

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Excluding the "good" BOTS from /images folder

Excluding the good BOTS from /images folder
I had an issue way back with MSN trying to index my site from my /images/ folder due to the presence of an index.htm file. Since then I have excluded the MSN bot from the /images/ and VIOLA! My site is now being indexed properly!

Today I discovered that Google has my /images/index.htm page in a result for a keyword of mine. Mind you it's a pretty obscure keyword but nonetheless, it's been indexed. I see no evidence of Google trying to find my content within the /images/ folder as the MSN bot kept trying.

Question: Should I exclude the /images/ directory from all bots? If I do that then won't the cached pages stop showing the images? I tried to disable hot linking once and the cached pages looked awful! Would you exclude the /images/ folder or is there another way that I can stop the contents of said folder from being displayed when some snarky user wants to see the images in the directory?
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