Posted 03 July 2004 - 10:16 PM
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Posted 04 July 2004 - 12:28 AM
The key lies in the EULA - caveat emptor, dear readers, caveat emptor.
Posted 12 July 2004 - 02:58 PM
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