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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by AXEMAN » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:20 am

When i get these emails and the name of the email looks like that i just delete them :)

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by mbrazil » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:47 pm

AXEMAN wrote:When i get these emails and the name of the email looks like that i just delete them :)
Nothing's wrong with the emails themselves. Everything in them looks normal. The samples I posted are what I see in Avant. Clicking the same link in the email another time loads the link properly.

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by AXEMAN » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:22 am

No not mine the whole thing even when opened is all like that random numbers that is why i delete them and it is my hotmail. :)

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by Jasmine » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:17 am

This problem yet remains to be resolved. The author is working on it while hasn't figured out the cause.
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by AXEMAN » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:34 am

If it were malware all you have to do is open poorly codded malware might get past some securities :think:

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by mbrazil » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:16 pm

AXEMAN wrote:If it were malware all you have to do is open poorly codded malware might get past some securities :think:
As sulpherdragon said, "Those strings are base64 encoded orders sent to Avant." Avant is occasionally failing to decode these properly, but this is not an indication of malware activity. In most cases, these are legitimate orders that Avant is not recognizing or is not interpreting properly.

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:10 am

Before realizing that the topic was already being discussed in this thread, yesterday I posted a similar question at http://forum.avantbrowser.com/viewtopic ... 83#p190183 (which, of course, I will now discontinue).

My observations are similar to those described earlier in this thread: I have Google search set as the default (dies it happen if another search is the default?). I'm running Avant Ultimate 2012 build 197 (will go to Avant 2013 eventually, after running into problems during initial testing). And 64-bit Windows 8 Pro (which I've managed to configure to look and operate 99 percent like Windows 7).

The bug happens sometimes (not all the time by any means) when I click on a valid URL link in Eudore mail client, and at other times when (say) I do a search from the Avant search bar. Rather puzzling, to say the least.
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:06 pm

As I mentioned at discussion thread http://forum.avantbrowser.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=32332 before Mike Brazil told me that it's being discussed in this thread, I've been getting this message A LOT over the last weeks or month or so (before which I would see it only occasionally).

In fact, it has moved past the point of being just an irritation to the stage where at times it disrupts my work slow and slows me down, so I'd regard it as a fairly serious problem. ... Almost to the point where -- for the first time in many years -- I'm even considering making Firefox my default browser. (I have FF running all the time in parallel with Avant and do certain types of tasks in FF in preference).

I recall that it would happen under Windows 7, before I upgraded to Windows 8, otherwise I might have blamed Windows 8 but I don't thank this would be the right thing to do.
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by mbrazil » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:45 pm

I see it happen somewhat frequently, and I'm running XP SP3, so I don't think it's at all related to the OS.

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by xiaobing » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:26 am

The google search engine you use now the is the default one or the one added by yourself?

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:20 am

xiaobing, it's the default one...
http://google.avantbrowser.com/Search.a ... UTF-8&q=%s

Why do you ask? Is there an issue using the above URL to access search inside Avant,?

Would it be better (or worse) to use a different URL to access Google? Why is the default using this URL with the Avant sub-domain (google.avantbrowser.com), how is this supposed to operate?

What would happen if I instead used http://www.google.com/search?q=%s do you think?
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by mbrazil » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:59 pm

Tony, I don't think it will make any difference. I use http://www.google.com/search?as_q=%s, and it happens to me too.

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:57 pm

xiaobing, this is really driving me crazy (crazier. to be more accurate!), and it's very time wasting. Is there an understanding of the problem yet? I wonder why it started happening relatively recently -- months ago, not years. Is there a solution yet?
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by xiaobing » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:31 am

I will record it again and remind our developer of this problem.

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:02 am

The following might be a possible solution (or at least a workaround), and probably should let the development team have something concrete to analyze.

A day or two ago, just out of curiosity, I disabled Auto-Complete, for both address bar and web pages. I don;t know if it was really necessary to disable both, but I did so anyway, (How does auto-complete work, what does it do under the covers, what is it supposed to do, and how might it be going wrong?)
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Since disabling auto-complete, for several days now I have not experienced any more occurrences of the weird string of characters in the URL. The expected target web page opens as it should (rather than a blank page).

Mike Brazil and others, can you reproduce this result in your environment, or not?
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by lefreak » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:45 am

Bug confirmed! It is an old bug I've seen for at least the last 15 Builds (beginning with Avant Browser 2012 Build ??)

I use Windows XP SP3, Avant Browser 2013 Build 23 (FF engine).

It happens in about 10 % of the cases when clicking on links in Thunderbird and bit more often even when using Trillian to login to my Hotmail-Accounts

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by xiaobing » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:56 am

As what notestracker said.Disabling the auto-complete feature of address bar and web page makes any difference?

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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:45 am

After testing for a few more days, I must say that turning off Auto-Complete suggestion of mine is at best only a partial solution, because I'm still getting instances of those weird URL strings.

I notice it typically when clicking links inside my e-mail client, but it that's not to say it isn't still happening in other circumstances (still cannot recognize a pattern). I have the impression (no more than that) that it happens in bursts, no occurrences for a while then several occurrences close together, such as two occurrences out of five e-mail links clicked a few minutes ago.

Another matter that might or might not shed some light on all of this is worth a mention, hoping that it's not a "red herring" causing thoughts to go off in the wrong direction. In late January this year I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (both 64-bit). Under Windows 7, when I clicked on a URL link in an e-mail document the associated web page generally would open inside an Avant Browser tab within a second or two, but under Windows 8 this same process is noticeably slower, typically taking around ten seconds. At the same time I notice the dwm.exe task (Desktop Windows Manager) using up more CPU than I ever noticed under Windows 7.

The weird URL strings also used to occur under Windows 7, however under Windows 8 and/or perhaps the more recent Avant Browser builds those weird URLs do seem to occur more frequently. I wonder why.


SOME WILD SPECULATION:
Let me bounce around a few stray thoughts...

When doing a web search, say entering the string "climate change" into the Avant Browser search bar, I wonder why ASP gets involved, as indicated by the "Search.aspx" in the resulting address bar result string:
http://google.avantbrowser.com/Search.a ... ate+change

Why is there any need for ASP to become involved? What cannot the search string be passed directly to Google (or whatever is your default search engine) without the involvement of the google.avantbrowser.com sub-domain (in this example)? As well as being a slowing-down overhead, might not this extra step in the web search process be somehow causing those weird URL strings?

What I'm trying to suggest is, would it not be faster and more direct to construct a simple Google search URL, in this example one such as: http://www.google.com/search?q=climate+change

Please remember, this is nothing more than speculation on my part.
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Re: Weird url when clicking link in email

Post by notestracker » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:30 am

Just a few minutes ago I performed an interesting test, on my 64-bit Windows 8 Pro system running Avant Ultimate 2012 build 197. I'm still unwilling to jump to Avant 2013 after major disruption and wasting of time when I tried it a few months ago. Admittedly, my results could be different with this newer Avant version, but...

The test was to make Firefox my default browser (the first time that Avant hasn't been the default for years and years). Then I clicked on a Facebook link inside an e-mail in my mail client, and the Facebook page opened with a few seconds. Then I made Avant the default browser again, and this time the Facebook page took 10 to 15 seconds to open, and the dwm.exe task (Desktop Window Manager) that I referred to the other day significantly increased its CPU usage while the Facebook page was being opened.

Surely this must be saying something important about the way that Avant operates while retrieving and rendering web pages in an inefficient way. Is the mechanism too convoluted, and could the mechanism be causing not just the slowdowns that I'm mentioning but perhaps also other things such as the weird URL strings being discussed in this thread, the opening of about:blank pages (rather than the actual web pages), and the "something went wrong with this web page" errors? ... Just some more wild speculation on my part!
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