Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Public Service Rant

One of my readers has adware/spyware installed on their computer. Spyware by the name of "FunWebProducts." The purpose of this little program is to hijack your home page and search results, and to show you pop-up advertisements. Fun, eh?

One of my readers, accessing the page from a Rogers Cable connection near Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to be precise.

To find out if you have the FunWebProducts spyware, copy and paste the following text into your address bar of your web browser and hit Enter:
If you see "FunWebProducts" anywhere in the text box that pops up, you're infected, for example:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; FunWebProducts)
You can read more about it here, here and here.

Oh, there's also someone in New Delhi, and someone in New York with the same malware installed, but the person in Ontario has been to my blog more than once in the past month, in fact they took a look at my photos from BSF, Rattlesnake Ledge, and Swing Dancing, so odds are they know me (or have some sick fascination with me, take your pick), so I'm betting they'll return.

Yes, that's right, I am Big Brother, I'm watching you, and it's for your own good.

People, please don't install cute little programs downloaded from the Internet onto your computer, no matter how many of your MySpace friends say it's "TOTALY AWESUM LOL!!!"

A good adware/spyware detector is LavaSoft's Ad-Aware. It's free for personal use. If you're worried about spyware, and adware slowing down your computer and showing you ads, you should install it. Yes, I did just tell you to download and install a program from the Internet, but remember, I'm Big Brother, and I know best.

You must comply.


  1. Ad-Aware makes me happy.

    So how do you know all these things? Amazing.

    BUT none of them were me! No spyware on my Apple. :-D

  2. Oh yeah, and I think that Kitchener, Ontario is an awesome place. I've always wanted to go there just because I like the name. Well, not always, but at least a few years.

  3. I have my sources.

    It really is too bad you can't install Ad-Aware on your Mac, since it makes you so happy `,-D

    I've never been to Kitchener either, at least not that I know of, but I know several families in that area, and I've stayed with them a couple of nights, so I might have, but I at least know I've been close. Anyway, the address I got is the address of the cable company's local hub in that area, not anyone's home address.

    I have the addresses of my friends there, maybe I should post satellite pictures of their houses.

  4. Well, I don't need Ad-Aware for my Mac because my Mac makes me happy without needing Ad-Aware. Ad-Aware mainly makes me happy when I'm on a PC owned by someone who is completely computer illiterate.

    Yes! Satellite photos! Fun!

  5. I download cute little programs all the time. And they work like they are supposed to and oh wait I have a Mac....