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#1 bobreny

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Posted 03 July 2004 - 10:16 PM

I've got infected with this funwebproducts without EVER downloading thier product.

It is screwing up my system and stoping me fron Uninstalling Dream weaver.
I'm not asking for help her, just a warning about funwebproducts....



Fun web Products:scumware
Web masters started noticing a significant increase in server log

entries of user agent strings from Internet Explorer Web browsers

containing the text "FunWebProducts." For example: "Mozilla/4.0

(compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0; FunWebProducts)".

They put a User agent on your PC.
FunWebProducts (see links below) is an operation of a company called

IWon.They add a Web application - is essentially yet another piece of

adware.

FunWebProducts is notable because it acquired a large user population

with remarkable speed. Iwon is responsible for a series of notorious

adware products including IWon, iWon Co-Pilot, iWon Search Assistant,

and MySearch/MyWeb.

The apparent reason for the surge in popularity is that the

FunWebProducts code is built into a number of "free" products offered

by the same company. These products include Smiley Central, PopSwatter,

My Mail Signature, My Mail Stationery, My Mail Stamp, Cursor Mania -

all but the last tool (which is a cursor chooser) are "enhancements"

for e-mail. By dint of widespread advertising FunWebProducts has

managed to sucker thousands of naïve end users into running its

software.

What FunWebProducts actually does - as do a lot of other adware and

spyware products - is to make it difficult to uninstall the software as

well as hijack your browser by setting your home page to point to other

sites. Worse still, FunWebProducts attempts to reset the browser home

page should you dare to try to change it.

The consequences of adware and spyware in Windows systems are serious

and the more desktops you have to manage the worse it gets. These

programs can cause browsers to perform slowly, can degrade overall

system performance, and can damage Windows configurations. They can

also cause other applications to misbehave.

This kind of software is generally poorly designed and foisted on

unsophisticated users through advertising and promotion that is

effectively deceptive about the true nature of the product. In short,

it is shameful and deceitful.You have to admit there's a slickness to

the whole idea: Offer users gadgets that will amuse them and then

modify the way their systems operate for commercial advantage.

I strongly urge you to become familiar with these Web applications and

watch out for their appearance within your organization - they are a

support headache waiting to happen. You can find out more about removal

methods and software to do it for you in the links below.
http://www.nwfusion....3/1208web2.html





WHAT YOU HAVE AGREED TO:





BY CLICKING ON THE "SUBMIT", "DOWNLOAD", "I ACCEPT" OR SUCH SIMILAR

BUTTON OR LINK AS MAY BE DESIGNATED FOR PURPOSES OF INITIATING THE

DOWNLOAD OF THE APPLICABLE FUN WEB PRODUCT SOFTWARE PRODUCT (THE

"APPLICATION") AND USING THE APPLICATION YOU AGREE TO BE LEGALLY BOUND

BY THESE LICENSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THE APPLICATIONS INCLUDE

POPSWATTER™, MYMAILSTAMP™, SMILEYCENTRAL™, POPULARSCREENSAVERS™,

CURSORMANIA™ AND MY MAIL SIGNATURE™ SOFTWARE PROGRAMS, EACH OF WHICH IS

COVERED BY THIS AGEEMENT.
( I live alone and have never downloaded their products but I have

there spy ware on my pc, and can't get rid of it.)



Fun Web Products and its parents and subsidiary companies, (so there

are other cos. not listed here!)



You understand and agree that by using an Application, you may be

exposed to Content that may be offensive, indecent or objectionable in

your community. You agree to accept all risks associated with the use

of any Content,( so you could get busted for there obscene pop ups?)



All of the Applications are exposed to various security issues, and

should be regarded as unsecure.( ther software may make available

backdoors to your system? They say you are exposed to security

issues??)




By accepting this Agreement, you indicate that you understand,

acknowledge and agree that by using the Applications, you may be

subject to various risks, including the exposure of data
( They claim they don't use spy ware but do recorde your IP?? and that
you are risking your data!!!)




When you visit the Websites, we may place a small text file -- called a

"cookie" -- on your computer that allows us to identify your Web

browser. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service, and to

store your preferences and settings. Importantly, a cookie does not

allow us to obtain any personally identifiable information (such as

your real name and address) unless you have specifically provided such

information when using the Web Sites or any service of software

distributed from the Web Sites. (evidently they don't consider your Ip

personal info??)




We reserve the right to add additional features or functions to the

existing Applications. When installed on your computer, the Application

periodically communicates with our servers. (communicate what? add what

additional features??? They just got your OK to add spyware, after the download...)





This request is approximately 5k in size and includes only anonymous

data such as IP address, browser type, and information...and is used

only for purposes of delivering search services and content in

accordance with your preferences and providing us with data on an

aggregated basis relating to retention, usage, and monetization...
(monetization selling your info, and they admit here they track your IP
adr.)




unique ID, and a code which identifies the distribution source of the

Application.....(more tracking data collected and reported)




you may be required to pay fees, accept additional terms and conditions

and/or, establish an account including an unique identification code

...( FEES?? unique Id code, thats tracking data)




No corporate address or info is provided on the web site,
why would they want to remain a SECRET company.

Though you should know what your agreeing to...
Just try and remove everything.

#2 Tuxedo Jack

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Posted 04 July 2004 - 12:28 AM

FWP/MWP/MWS/SmileyCentral have been regarded as baddies here for a long time.

The key lies in the EULA - caveat emptor, dear readers, caveat emptor.
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#3 Lilly47

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 02:58 PM

thank you so much for this thread.I've had the smiley central search bar on the PC for ages now, (yes,i'm a newbie to computers) and last night,after realising my spybot wasn't updating anymore,i upgraded it,let it run and it found 36 items,mainly funweb things.I fixed them all and today,found my curser had reverted back to an arrow (it was a cute little dog) and smiley central no longer worked.I couldn't work out what had happened till i saw this thread.Now,i,ll be trying to rid myself of the whole toolbar....once again,thank you.




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