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    Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    I have recently been getting a script error caused by my Pop-Up Stopper. It supresses one of those crawling ads which suddenly started showing up on my Astronomy Picture of the Day homepage. In digging around, I noticed a set of Advanced checkboxes under the name Common Name. Never saw it before. The error message gives the Line and Character and also the message: "The callee (server(not server application)) is not available and disappeared; all connections are invalid. The call did not execute." [fine with me] "Code 0 "and finally the "URL :http://www.commonname/english/toolbar/popunder.asp?cc=USA."
    I suspect treachery on the part of some sleazy advertising entity. My question: I couldn't find or incorrectly searched for the script involved with this. What is CommonName? Is it "authorized" to be in IE or is it some kind of corrupting software? If so, how can I get rid of it? Ad-aware showed me nothing when I ran it to check for spyware. Do I need to re-install IE? I am on a 95 system, so I cannot go above IE5.5
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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    A quick search on Google returns some very interesting results on CommonName. It seems that it's installed by Gator, and definitely fits the bill as Spyware.

    Adaware should be taking care of it, but it seems like this is just poor scripting on the page you're visiting. You might be able to disable scripts on the page in question by using your security settings, aside from that, until they fix the script, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    Thanks. Other than it's a nuisance, I agree it could be ignored. But do you think it is imbedded in Explorer at this point? Would re-installing Explorer get rid of it? "poor scripting on the page" Can I see that in the View Source window? That site has been around since the beginning, and I would doubt it is involved. Isn't that coming from my PC?

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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    You could give it a try, but I doubt it would resolve the problem. Chances are, this message is a result of bad scripting on the page itself. When you access the page, it's likely spawning another window that contains bad code. If you're running the latest AdAware, it's not likely to be ingrained in Explorer itself, although stranger things have happened... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    If it came up on every page you visited, I would think that it got into I.E. somehow... but since it's only on the page you specified, I'd relate it to a server-side coding issue. Bad code to install spyware... <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> What's this world coming to? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    I get the same error message when running Pop-up Stopper, but nothing to do with CommonName. My guess is that the popup window manages to fire off a request to a web server (or a script tries to load a page in the pop-up window) before the popup is killed. When the server tries to respond the window (client) that made the request has been killed, so there's no one to accept the response. Under normal conditions, I'd expect the window to terminate any open connection to a server before closing, but with the external popup-killer, this wouldn't happen. Again, I'm just guessing - you'd need to watch the packets to see what was really happening.

    As for AdAware, are you using RefUpdate (2.01) to make sure you've got the latest reference file? The reference file shows on the UI when you start AdAware (24.09.2002 is the most recent). Also make sure you've got the latest AdAware engine (5.83 is now available).

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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    Isn't that URL missing the "top level domain"?? There is no ".com", ".net", or a country code (e.g., ".uk") after the domain name...

    URL :http://www.commonname/english/toolba...der.asp?cc=USA

    Is this the error? It looks bogus to me....

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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    .asp is a common script used by some if not most data-driven sites. The address looks good to me, but the scripting behind it likely contains an error somewhere.
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    Re: Common Name issue (IE 5.5.4134.0600)

    .asp means "active server page" -- but that has nothing to due with the domain name!

    That refers to a *page* on the server (just like an .html page on a server), but the actual web site *still* needs to have a top level domain -- regardless of whether the page is an .html page or an active server page (.asp)! You cannot have a web site on the Internet without a top level domian.

    It is www.microsoft.com and www.aol.com -- *not* www.microsoft and www.aol.

    Simply enter the "Uniform Resource Locator" in your address and hit Enter. If the address looks 'good' to you, it will NOT look 'good' to your address bar! ;-]

    Then, simply add a ".com" after "commonname" and do the same. ONLY after you add the correct top level domain does the URL actually work. Here is what you find AFTER you add the missing ".com":

    (html)
    (head)
    (script language="Javascript")
    var bnum=new Number(Math.floor(99999999 * Math.random())+1);
    document.write('(SCR'+'IPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript" ');
    document.write(' SRC="http://servedby.advertising.com/pops=1/site=62486/bnum='+bnum+'")');
    document.write('(/SCR');
    document.write('IPT)');
    (/script)
    (script language="Javascript")
    window.focus();
    (/script)
    (/head)
    (body bgcolor="menu" scroll="no" border="0" leftmargin="0" topmargin="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" oncontextmenu="return false")
    popunder
    (/body)
    (/html)

    THERE is the script that is SUPPOSED to be running....

    To see the pop-under scripted in its full glory, you should be able to just click the corrected link:

    http://www.commonname.com/english/toolbar/...nder.asp?cc=USA

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