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Annopying Prob with IE

Admiral Michael

Michaelsoft Systems CEO
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?

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.


I may actually be insane.
Just visited the page and noted that it calls:

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

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;

    if(GetCookie("nosidebar") == 1)
	var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_brokenpane.gif?rand=" + random_num;

    if (window.name == 'comments') {
       var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_blogcomments.gif?rand=" + random_num;

    // 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;

    var adImg=d.createElement('IMG'); adImg.src="/adm/img/common/ot_nosidepane.gif?rand=" + random_num;
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.


I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
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


I may actually be insane.
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

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