| 12:26 pm on Aug 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
You are "the product"..
| 3:23 pm on Aug 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
This may be a new twist but it's been going on for quite some time [webmasterworld.com].(Note that thread is NOT about FireFox, see encyclo's post, thanks encyclo.) It's maddening.
| 3:41 pm on Aug 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Ya, RoadRunner have been doing it for a while.
You can change your preferences to disable the redirect.
| 6:42 pm on Aug 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
The links provided in the responses refer to DNS Hijacking - something that has been around for a while.
Engine's post refers to the hijacking of actual SEARCH queries meant for the SE's. This is a whole different animal. I'm surprised that the leaders of these companies think it's ok to do this.
List of ISPs that are redirecting some search queries
Wide Open West
Charter and Iowa Telecom were observed to be redirecting search terms, but have since ceased doing so. Iowa Telecom stopped its redirection between July and September 2010, and Charter stopped in March 2011.
| 7:07 pm on Aug 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|Engine's post refers to the hijacking of actual SEARCH queries meant for the SE's. This is a whole different animal. |
Doh! Thank you for the clarification.
| 12:50 am on Aug 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Telstra Bigpond has been doing it in Australia for some time too. Redirecting ANY web wide "not found" pages to their own search engine (sensis).
Quite annoying realy.
| 1:02 am on Aug 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|Redirecting ANY web wide "not found" pages to their own search engine |
That has been going on for years ..in many countries ..with many ISPs..we had a long thread about it ( in foo I think ) in about 2004 or 2005 or thereabouts...My ISP at that time ( Tiscali ) did it with all non registered domain names that were typed into the address bar.
ISPs redirecting specific search terms to sites ( when sites exist which would have returned results without that redirection ) in order to make money for themselves via aff deals or whatever is hi-jacking ..
| 7:15 am on Aug 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Ya, RoadRunner have been doing it for a while. - pageoneresults
As has Cox Cable.
Cox will hijack your search right from Google to their own default 404 page laden will service ads.
| 7:34 am on Aug 9, 2011 (gmt 0)|
That applies when a service is free and doesn't make money by selling directly a product, like Facebook or Google. At least it's limited to their web sites. But people pay these ISP and they expect non-interference when browsing the web. It's very sleazy and shouldn't be allowed.