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Microsoft's latest unethical marketing?
adding to Favorites without asking
Purple Martin

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 4:26 am on Aug 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I just spotted a new Favorite linked to Microsoft's bCentral on my XP-IE6 box. It wasn't there yesterday, and I didn't add it or give permission for it to be added. Needless to say I'm not happy.

I know that *ahem* certain unscrupulous sites do this, but I wasn't expecting anything so blatent from a major corporation (even M$).

Are they actually allowed to do this?

 

thewebboy

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 4:40 am on Aug 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah it is annoying, there are are few javascripts that do that automaticly.

jimmykav

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 8:02 am on Aug 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have just visited the bCentral home page and a couple of pages off that and none of them have added anything to my favourites.

Are you sure you did'nt hit a keyboard shortcut to add the page by mistake? I sometime hid CTRL+D instead of CTRL+F when i want to find something on a page.

Please check out what you are saying before making statements about unethical marketing. MS gets enough bad press as it is without adding stuff that isnt true.

Purple Martin

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 10:30 pm on Aug 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

jimmykav, the keyboard error is a good point, and you're right that I should be careful to check that what I say is true before slinging mud (at anyone, not just Microsoft).

BUT I've never been to the bCentral site, so I couldn't have accidentally used the keyboard shortcut. How did the site get added to my Favorites without me ever going there?

jimmykav

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 7:36 am on Aug 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Purple Martin

That is a good question.

In my experience M$ has never added anything to my favourites without prompting. They are however, in a habit of recreating the "Links" folder in Favourites no matter how many times I delete it!

My guess is that you visited one of the many sites that makes use of bCentrals services.

lasko

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 10:38 am on Aug 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

A few things have happened to me with out my permission and most was caused by Spy Ware.

You may not realise that you could have deep in your directories some small programs that where placed their after installing some downloaded scripts or free software.

If your getting pop ups or things added to your browser with out your permission then I would seariously take a look at the Spy Ware issue.

Their are many JS's as well that will add a site to your favorites but a pop up message usually appear, however the message may say nothing about adding the page to your favorites, it could just disguise it self as an advert then you click ok to close which gives the command to write to your favorites folder.

Just a few things that I believe could have happened but the Spy Ware is the most common and should be checked out.

Ryan8720

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 9:40 pm on Aug 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just use Opera or Mozilla (Firebird) and you won't have to worry about it. Only MS is stupid enough to allow people to add things to the favorites.

bcolflesh

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3243 posted 9:49 pm on Aug 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Only MS is stupid enough to allow people to add things to the favorites.

Is this really how you meant to phrase this?

;)

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