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    IP Search Toolbar??

    The screenshot below is a URL for a freeware utility called IP Search. I read about it in Neat Net Tricks.

    Two things make me suspicious & I'm wondering if anyone has some insight. First, the URL has a percent sign in it. Now it may be that NNT gets points for directing traffic to the site (& I have no problem with that), but it makes me suspicious, as I know that it is a way some nefarious sites hide the true URL.

    Secondly, if you go to http://www.panix.com/, then IP Search isn't mentioned anywhere on their site. The same is true if you go up only one level to http://www.panix.com/~saint/, which is part of the link shown in Google.

    I was going to post this in the IE forum because my question has to do with URLs as much as the utility, but I thought I'd start here & see if anyone has heard of or used this utility.

    Additional: I just looked up some more terms on Google & found out that may be a utility developed by Paul Gerhart OR it is made to appear to be from him. Searching on the term "ipsearch" will bring up links to both sites & searching on "ip search" will bring up the toolbar site.
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    Re: IP Search Toolbar??

    What is it you're nervous about, Phil? Are you thinking about all the stuff about " @ " signs in URLs perhaps? You know that sometimes the percent sign and a number is an indication of a URL with an innocuous code like percent-20 indicates a "space" which HTML doesn't deal with well. Just for grins, I typed in the link in your graphic and it resolves to this address, which seems innocent enough, but I could be wrong: http://www.panix.com/~saint/ipsearch/

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    Re: IP Search Toolbar??

    Hi Al:
    Thanks for responding. Yes, I was thinking about the hidden links in URLs. But also, if you go up one level--to http://www.panix.com/~saint/--it doesn't seem to relate to ipsearch. Maybe I haven't browsed the internet enough--I spend most of my time here <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>-- but I thought that ~saint would be a page off the panix.com site & ipsearch a page linked off of ~saint.

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    Re: IP Search Toolbar??

    Another thought - perhaps they are doing what I do - putting a page on the site that has nothing to do with the 'Home' site - just an easy way to put something out on the web that gets some attention, but when they go up a node, like you did, something else altogether shows up. More of a confusion factor than anything else. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: IP Search Toolbar??

    Using a ~ (known as a tilde) at that point in a URL is common on Unix or linux systems that allow each user to maintain their own web pages. This probably just means that these pages were created by someone with a username of saint.

    It is of course very common for general users to have pages which are not linked to their home page. (I have some myself, people only find them if I point them to the correct URL).

    The ASCII value of the tilde character is 7e, which can be used with a leading percent sign in a URL. This is often done to avoid using characters other than A-Z, a-z, 0-9, % and a few others.

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    Re: IP Search Toolbar??

    Thanks, Stuart & Ed:

    I guess I hadn't come across that before (or didn't pay attention). I hadn't realized that the 7e was a tilde, but the % (percent sign) had bothered me. I thought that I had previously read that that is how a URL can be spoofed, but I can't find the article now, so maybe I had it wrong. I remember the advice was to copy a URL so you could see the domain, rather than click on a link.
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    Re: IP Search Toolbar??

    I think you are right to worry about % signs in URLs - but only if they occur in the hostname - between the http:// and the next /

    There was a nasty trick where you could include % 00 or % 01 in a hostname (I have used a space after % because the lounge suppresses it otherwise). Internet explorer would use (but not display) everything that appeared after the % 00. This could be used with some other esorteric stuff to cause a link to take you to one site whilst displaying the name of a different one. This was fixed in an internet explorer patch a few monthis ago.

    StuartR

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