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Norton Internet Security 2003 and JavaScript

NIS 2003 is placing unwanted JavaScript in my pages

     
2:01 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am very frustrated with Norton Internet Security 2003, I'm learning JavaScript and want my browser to be able to notify me that I have an error with my JavaScripts. I could not understand why my scripts were not working for like half a week and not throwing up an error if the syntax was wrong or I called for a undefined object for example. Being new I relied on the error notifying.

Well I've recently realised the cause of all this. NIS 2003 adds this script to any page that has JS in it. I am so pissed with them, I mean who do they think they are. Although now that I know what it is this that is destroying my debugging process I can't find anything on their site to disable this intrusive script from being placed in the pages with JS in them. This has really mucked up my debugging.

Anyone got any idea how I can disable this. I've looked everywhere in this product and in the help. I must of overlooked something, any ideas?

<script language="JavaScript">
<!--

function SymError()
{
return true;
}

window.onerror = SymError;

//-->
</script>

Thanks for any help with this

2:04 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Oh, I forgot to say that if I disable NIS 2003 this script is no longer placed in the pages with JS. However this is no good as I am developing at the same time as surfing the net much of the time.
2:13 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I haven't heard of a way to kill the feature. Many have seen crazy problems with javascripts, and the cause has be NIS. I don't think they see it as a problem. You should email the support and let us know if they at least aknowledge the problem.
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I'll email them and try and find out what they are up to and whether is a way to disable this.
2:33 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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neoBinary -

Gee, you're right, I never noticed this before, great catch. Do you know at what point NIS inserts the code? Is it when a page is created on your machine or when a page is downloaded from the net via normal surfing?

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The script is always placed just before the first script tags that are on a page.

This happens at to every single page that is surfed, whether created by myself or by another, whether online or off line. The page only needs the script tags with either linked javascript or inline. The intrusive script will appear above them every time, unless I disable the NIS 2003.

I'm on their site now going through the online support they have at the moment.

Sure wish I could find a way to sort this out now.

3:22 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Ok, I've just completed a lengthy procedure to ask a question at Symantec's site.

Here's where I'm at so far:

"Thank you. Your question has been submitted successfully to Symantec Technical Support. We will send an email confirmation to the address you provided; this will acknowledge the receipt of your question and provide you with a tracking number for future reference."

Has anyone had any answer from Symantec regarding this issue. It'll be very interesting to know what response you got or if you were given a solution. I've even asked for a patch if there's not a way to turn off this feature whist debugging JavaScripts.

This I feel is a serious issue for JavaScript developers using this product of theirs as it disable the debugging process we need.

I'll update all the responses I get from Symantec here.

4:47 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I hope you get an answer. I went over this with Symantec a few months back and they "were aware of the issue and were looking into it."

The issue for me was that I get an error when I use Opera's built in validation to submit these pages to the W3C ... because Symantec uses the deprecated "language" attribute in their script tag.

7:09 pm on Oct 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have had various problems before with their system blocking or affecting my site. It has usually been solved by adding the IP address 127.0.0.1 and the webserver(s) to the 'Trusted computers' section.

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4:14 pm on Nov 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone heard back from Symantec as of late?
I have just released a site in production only to find that Norton parses through HTML to find its own JS routines. If the HTML tag is missing, it throws a js error stating so, and won't allow users to open any js invoked popup.

Our site was built with CF, which is very forgiving in that it puts HTML tags in for you if missing, and the site ran fine in both IE and Netscape when tested without NIS installed.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Theresa Temple

 

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