What is "Backweb Warning"?

Question

When the PC is turned on, after everything is ready to go, I get a small box that says:

"Backweb Warning", with a "!" in a yellow triangle. The message in the box says: "Item 'Trigger' tried to perform an action not authorized by the channel's security settings and has been stopped". What is this telling me, and what do I need to do to correct it?

Answer

This question was answered on November 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Backweb is a generic, background downloading tool that software vendors can incorporate into their product to download data (e.g product updates) to the user's PC Its operation depends on the instructions given to it by the individual software vendor who bundles it While this software has been neither exhonorated nor convicted of malice, some aspects of its installation and operation appear suspect Additionally, some users have associated it with the appearance of unwanted advertising windows.

It is a small program whose purpose is to download software or other content from the Internet It is often bundled as part of a 3rd-party software package for the purpose of automatically downloading product updates, but others have included it for the purpose of downloading unsolicited advertising or installing unwanted software (foistware) What the Backweb client downloads is entirely dependent on what the 3rd-party developer tells it to download; it does not do its own bidding.

Removal:

If you did not knowingly install Backweb, or are noticing unwanted advertisements appearing on your computer, you might try disabling or removing this product Backweb (or more specifically, the one installed with the Western Digital products) does not appear to come with an uninstall option

The easiest way to disable the program is to rename it, e.g from backweb.exe to backweb.ex_ Note that if the program is used for a legitimate or wanted purpose (such as automatic software updating or displaying news, etc.), these will no longer happen automatically.

If you are sure you don't need it for anything, find and delete the BackWeb folder, normally in C:\Program Files.

Other Options:

Try uninstalling the backweb program Go to "My Computer"/ "add or remove programs"/ click on "backweb", then click remove.

If "backwebagent" is not shown in the list of add/remove programs you can try this to prevent it from startup:

Go to "Start"-->"Run"-->type "msconfig" in the box.

Select the tab "Start-up" and uncheck the mark at the program BackWeb.

Restart your computer Although the program is still on the computer when you do this, at least it doesn't start when you boot up your computer

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Posted by Henry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 23, 2004