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FunWebProducts Spyware Detection and Removal
I noticed more and more users arriving on my server with FunWebProducts in the User Agent, log example below, so I decided to look into it. It appears to be a piece of Adware / Spyware which they deny. It hi-jacks your browser with little warning, and doesn't allow you to easily remove it or change the default settings it insists upon and it tracks your browsing habits. That in my book is spyware.
Spyware impairs users control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers; or collection, use and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information.
Amongst other things FunWebProducts may change your default search engine to MyWebSearch, and it may install a toolbar. You get a "Search Assistant" for when you mistype a URL. You can install it by "upgrading" your smileys in various messengers, cursors for windows, screensavers etc.
Please note I am NOT the author of FunWebProducts, nor am I involved in that company, this page is my attempt to help people who have become "infected" with it.
My Browser Security Advice
Use an alternative as your web browser and banish spyware!
Firefox is absolutely free and is widely considered to be the best and safest web browser.
Google have recently released Chrome, a bare bones browser based on Apple WebKit and Mozilla Firefox.
How to remove
First Your Browser - are you infected?
If you see FunWebProducts in the following text display of your HTTP User Agent, then you have their software on your machine.
Another way to check is to type the following in the navigation toolbar of your browser:
This will open a little dialogue box with the details above.
Removal & Prevention Tools
Looking into other browser hijackers I discovered a wonderful piece of software called "Hijack This log file analysis" that analysed a log and advised on what to remove.
If you are a web site developer you could insert some FunWebProducts detection code on you pages to help your visitors.
Example log entry from an infected visitor
This Account has been suspended.
Contact your hosting provider for more information.