Annopying Prob with IE

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Admiral Michael, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Annoying Prob with IE

    Hey All!

    I've noticed this happening latelyt on some sites, and just now when I went to Vikrant's Site to take a look at the glassory.

    When I went to the site, the IE search bar opens, when I close it and navigate to another page on the site, it reopens.

    Any way to stop this?

    Thx!
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    It seems to be some new way of advertising on Tripod. Opened it in Firefox, didn't notice anything...then opened it in IE, and found that it opened the search sidebar as well.
     
  3. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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  4. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Good call, SpeedY_B. By the way, both Firefox and IE variants are unaffected by the bar from what I can see.
     
  5. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Just visited the page and noted that it calls:

    Code:
    launchSidebar('sidebar.tripod.com', 'ranimukherji');
    if (!displayAd()) document.write("<!" + "--");
    //-->
    </script>
    And the function itself is:

    Code:
    function launchSidebar(sbserver, kw) {
        var random_num = Math.round((Math.random()*999999));
    	
        document.cookie = "sidebarurl=" + window.location + "; path=/; domain=.tripod.com";
        if(GetCookie("sbo") == 1)
        {
           var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_existingpane.gif?rand=" + random_num;
           return;
        } 
    
        if(GetCookie("nosidebar") == 1)
        {
    	var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_brokenpane.gif?rand=" + random_num;
    	return;
        }		
    
    
        if (window.name == 'comments') {
           var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_blogcomments.gif?rand=" + random_num;
           return;
        }
    
        // change < 100 to control dialdown	
        if((kw != '') && (kw != '(none)') && (Math.random() * 100) < 100)
        {
            if((navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE") != -1) && (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSN") == -1) && (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("AOL") == -1) && (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Mac") == -1) && (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Opera") == -1) && (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("NetCaptor") == -1) && (!window.sidebar))
            {
               open('http://' + sbserver + '/bin/sidebar.cgi?site=' + window.location + "&kwcookie=" + kw, '_search');
    	   var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_opensidepane.gif?rand=" + random_num;
    	   return;
            }
        }
    
        var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_nosidepane.gif?rand=" + random_num;
        return;
    }
    From that, I gather another possible solution to stop it would be to change (or plain remove) your User Agent string in IE. (edit: Info on how to change the UA-String here)

    Quite surprised that it can actually be called to open with simple javascript actually, hopefully something that Microsoft will consider fixing, if they don't class it as a "feature" that is.
     
  6. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    interesting...it doesn't happen on my internet explorer...even with pop up blocker disabled
     
  7. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    this photo is with all pop up blockers off
     

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  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    :rolleyes: You need to visit a tripod site, not the tripod site.
     
  9. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    Wow, thats really crap and annoying. But if you change your UA string, other sites may not work properly if they don't detect your browser correctly
     
  10. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Bugger, didn't think of that. The only other solution is to disable javascript, although that would mess up a lot more sites than the UA-String. I find not visiting tripod site's works best :p :D
     
  11. Perris Calderon

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    post a link please
     
  12. Lee

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    Norton IS 2004 blocks the ads. :)
     
  13. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    ah..got to vikrant's site

    my adsheild did the trick, but ya, without it, I get the side bar also