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Windows Thread, Removing Sparklebox Toolbar in Technical; I know the guys a paedo, but I thought that teachers liked the work on his website. Just because you're ...
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    I know the guys a paedo, but I thought that teachers liked the work on his website.

    Just because you're using his stuff doesn't mean the kids will be snatched by a paedophile gang or that you'll suddenly become 'infected'!

    I just don't get this mass hysteria!
    ... or am I missing something?

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    ... or am I missing something?
    To my mind - its the thought of a convicted sex offender profitting (via advertising revenue) from people in primary education that does it for me.

    regards

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    That is a good point Si, but I still feel it's a little OTT

    isn't he in prison??

    perhaps someone should take over the website or the resources

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    There are other issues that have not yet been addresses. The lack of registration for data protection being one of them and links into un-moderated chat being another.

    CEOP have said that whilst the site is not a risk due to Mr Kinge it is now down to each RBC / LA. We are presently reviewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    There are other issues that have not yet been addresses. The lack of registration for data protection being one of them and links into un-moderated chat being another.

    CEOP have said that whilst the site is not a risk due to Mr Kinge it is now down to each RBC / LA. We are presently reviewing.
    Wasn't there an issue with an 'unknown payload' in the toolbar? Does anyone know if this is still the case, or found out what the payload was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight View Post
    Just because you're using his stuff doesn't mean the kids will be snatched by a paedophile gang or that you'll suddenly become 'infected'!
    There's the whole "fruit from the poisoned tree" angle as well as the aforementioned contribution to Kinge's bank balance. If the story about "a relative" taking over is true, do we really believe that Kinge won't be involved or getting a cut?

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    The move to a toolbar roused my suspicion especially after I contacted them to see if we could pay for a subscription instead of dodgy downloads and never got a reply. Blessing in disguise for me, shame tho because the resourcs were pretty decent.

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    @CHR1S

    Not sure your footnote 'blanket' suggestion is a good one. I tried but it went cold very quickly and all got a bit smelly...

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    Cheers for the tool, I dont suppose you fancy creating another with gets rid of the Sparklebox KS2 toolbar as well?

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    I dont suppose you fancy creating another with gets rid of the Sparklebox KS2 toolbar as well?
    If there are slight Toolbar variables I'll check it out. I presume then there's a KS1, KS2 and possibly even a KS3 version too?

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    Thumbs up KS1 and KS2 Sparklebox Remover

    Hello all,

    In addition to the KS1 Sparklebox Remover, I have also created a KS2 Sparklebox Remover!

    Facts (KS1) -
    - Tested on XP SP3 with IE8 installed
    - Comes in MSI format
    - The contents of C:\Program Files\Sparklebox will be deleted. Only the folder Sparklebox will remain
    - Sparklebox Toolbar entry within Add or Remove Programs will remain. When highlighted manually you'll be prompted to remove it from the list
    - The IE Add-ons will be deleted
    - Google will be set as the hompage when done!

    Facts (KS2) -
    - Tested on XP SP3 with IE8 installed
    - Comes in MSI format
    - The contents of C:\Program Files\Sparklebox_KS2 will be deleted. Only the folder Sparklebox_KS2 will remain
    - Sparklebox KS2 Toolbar entry within Add or Remove Programs will remain. When highlighted manually you'll be prompted to remove it from the list
    - The IE Add-ons will be deleted
    - Google will be set as the hompage when done!

    Download both versions here

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    Just a heads up for anyone who didnt know this.

    I recently found out that if you use Sopho Enterprise Manager 3.0 to manage your antivirus, within there there is an application blocker section. Within this you can block toolbars which your staff members may install without your authorisation.

    If you add them into the global list. If anyone installs the toolbar (most common we have is google/yahoo toolbar), Sophos will prevent it running.

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    Sparklebox doc

    A film on Mr Kinge is due to run on the BBC's Inside Out programme in the West and West Midlands on Monday, 25th January, at 7.30pm.

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