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By Colin Pearce

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Posted: 11 Mar 2004
 

Problem:

Users workstation is windows 2000 SP3, IE ver 6.0.2800.1106. (other versions would also be affected). Whenever accessing the GroupWise WebAccess page, the page would display using the simple (Basic HTML) template (designed for PDA browsers) rather than the default frames (Standard HTML) template.

The user's Browser Agent details, from the "About Novell GroupWise" link from the WebAccess page, showed:

Browser Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; FunWebProducts)

The "FunWebProducts" part of the string was matching with the *WebPro* entry in the default Browser User Agents list, configured for the GroupWiseWebAccess eDir object.

Solution:

FunWebProducts are adware web applications that install the "My Web Search Toolbar".

Removal of the My Web Search Toolbar through Add/Remove programs made the problem go away.

More information about FunWebProducts can be found in the following article (amongst others) http://www.nwfusion.com/newsletters/web/2003/1208web2.html.

A colleague tells me that the My Search Toolbar is also installed by Morpheus (P2P file sharing program).

I am not sure where the Browser Agent string is read from (I tried changing all registry references to it to try and get my machine to misbehave without success) but I suspect that URLMON.DLL is replaced or modified by the FunWebProducts application. (the affected user had a different version to me, other relevant files were the same)

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