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identification script

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 12:01 pm
by baby_face
Hi there,

I had some problems, and uninstalled Avant.

However, IE does not work properly, and the even after uninstalling, IE identifies it self as when the browser script is given.

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Avant Browser [avantbrowser.com])

Can you please tell me how to remove this.

Because of this, some sites like my bank don't work. They need IE

Re: identification script

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 7:19 pm
by batigolaso
as far as I know, there is no way to remove this. search for "agent id". This has been discussed in previous posts. It was also seen that other bank sites didn't work as well, but it wasn't related to Avant.

Re: identification script

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 8:20 pm
by Jay
According to Auroras (sometime back) this is what you have to do:
If you want to remove it then open REGEDIT and traverse to the following hive:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform


and delete the String Value:
Avant Browser [avantbrowser.com]


you will need to repeat this every time you upgrade/reinstall the browser as it is recreated each time  

I think you could probably also go to regedit and search for Avant and remove it.

Re: identification script

Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2003 6:30 am
by baby_face
as far as I know, there is no way to remove this. search for "agent id". This has been discussed in previous posts. It was also seen that other bank sites didn't work as well, but it wasn't related to Avant.
how can you say it wasn't related to avant? if the program wants to identify IE as avant to increase the popularity of the program, it is related to avant.

Thanks Jay.

This is not fair practice, replicating itself after uninstalling to gain popularity. just like something microsoft would do...

Re: identification script

Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2003 7:33 am
by batigolaso
first of all: no one ever said anything about avant doing that to gain popularity. You can say whatever you want, but other browsers do the same exact thing. It is standard practice for a browser to identify itself as what it is.

second: I agree that it should be removed automatically after uninstalling, but I have nothing to do with the coding of avant, so I can't do much there.

third: Avant does NOT add that key after you remove the program. Once you remove that key, and then uninstall, you're set. If you reinstall or install for the first time, then yes, that key is added.

Lastly, I'm sorry you did not like the product and are offended that Avant adds its identification marker. However, simply because a browser doesn't identify itself as Explorer does not make it incapable of dealing with a bank webpage. So perhaps you should call your bank and take that up with them. If that were the case, you wouldn't be able to access the webpage using mozilla, opera, netscape, etc...