SmileyCentral (FunWebProducts) Flagged as "Hijacker" by Pest Patrol
This AskJeeves Product Exposed by PestPatrol
November 24, 2005

We've been flagging FunWebProducts (SmileyCentral) as adware and SEM (Search Engine Manipulator) for a long time (See ). Most newsletters and anti-spyware sites dance around this issue. Why? We don't really now. Maybe it's because of the Ad-Aware decision. Ad-Aware decided quite a while ago that their company and their income is more important to them than your protection and telling the truth. Fear of litigation among anti-spyware sites and anti-spyware developers prevents them from informing you of the truth. Well, maybe we're stupid - but, we think you ought to know the truth. And the day someone can sue you for telling the truth is the day we're all in trouble.

On November 22, 2005, Computer Associates join a small group of anti-spyware vendors who flag SmileyCentral and FunWebProducts as undesirable software. According to Computer Associates' Pest Patrol Anti-Spyware, FunWebProducts (aka SmileyCentral, which is a product of AskJeeves (the once trusted search engine company) is adware and a search engine hijacker. Not only this but Pest Patrol also backs up our claim that installing FunWebProducts leaves an open door to your computer through which AskJeeves can install basically anything on your computer they want under the guise of "updates". Theses so-called "updates" are installed without the users' knowledge or permission. And updates can be anything from yet another hijacker/adware program from this company to real updates. Since FunWebProducts first came on the scene a few years ago they've expanded their suite of questionable products to a dozen or more. All of which are installed when you install any one of them. And, all of which, by default start with Windows, causing a serious drain on system resources.

The following information was posted on 22 November 2005 by Computer Associates' Pest Patrol at

<QUOTE> During Testing conducted on 11.22.2005: Based on eTrust PestPatrol® Spyware Scorecard v2.05.03, FunWebProducts violates the following criteria: '2. Installs itself or any other item without user permission or knowledge. at time of installation.' '4. Changes browser settings, for example the default search provider, home or error page(s) etc., without user permission at time of change.' MyWebSearch Toolbar is installed and changes browser settings. '11. Updates itself or any other item without user permission or notice at time of update.' FunWebProducts updates without, (a) informing the user of this during installation, (b) gaining the user's consent prior to the update, or (c) giving the user any configurable updating options.

Search Hijacker:  Any software that resets your browser's settings to point to other sites when you perform a search. Hijacks may reroute your info and address requests through an unseen site, capturing that info. In such hijacks, your browser may behave normally, but be slower. Search results when such a hijacker is running will sometimes differ from non-hijacked results.<END QUOTE>

MyWebSearch Toolbar · MyGlobalSearch Toolbar · SmileyCentral · MyEmailStationery · Popular Screen Savers, MyCursors, PopSwatter, etc. Are all part of "FunWebProducts".

"FunWebProducts" furtively advertises itself in your browser tags where you would not normally see it. However, every Web site you visit "sees" it and this information is stored in their server logs. Such behavior is reprehensible because there is no reason at all for FunWebProducts to insert anything into your browser tags. It appears to be a game of letting every Webmaster know how many people this outfit has duped into installing this questionable suite of products. Such behavior is not necessary and isn't befitting a huge conglomerate like InterActive Corp (AskJeeves). Would you like to check to see if your browser tags have been violated by this company? Visit . If you see "FunWebProducts" in your browser tags, we strongly urge you to run a good anti-spyware program and get it off your computer.

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