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Did AskJeeves break the rules?

 1:45 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ask Jeeves didn't ask before installing a search tool on millions of Web browsers




 1:59 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

You bet they did!

it takes my browser on a detour to one of its advertisement-filled pages.

Not only did "they" install this unwanted search box in his browser without his knowledge, but if he mistakenly uses the "wrong" box, he is taken somewhere he didn't want to go!

This sort of invasion of private property (your computer) is unforgiveable and I am getting really fed up with this sort of crap! Thanks for the heads up.

I positively despise the way some companies think they have a right to change things in your computer. I treat this sort of thing the exact same way as sites which disable my back button. Never go there again!

christopher w

 2:25 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I treat this sort of thing the exact same way as sites which disable my back button.

Didn't realize that this sentence had implicit meaning until I was done with the article and tried to make my way back here. Shame on your msnbc/newsweek/whomever...


 2:38 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

> disable my back button

In this case since WW opens links in new windows, the back button will not work.


 3:56 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

WW opens links in new windows

Not for me it doesn't. And the back button was disabled.


 4:18 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Their excuse is akin to "Oh, it was an intern that did it," which has become the standard catch-all explaination anytime someone is caught doing something unsavary on the net.

One of these days someone is going to collect a lot of money by hauling these bums into court.


 6:47 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Might be one good reason to change the name I guess...

Diller says AskJeeves will probably be renamed


christopher w

 6:52 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

In this case since WW opens links in new windows

It opened in the same window for me and back was disabled...


 9:29 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ya know, this whole issue really burns my butt! I don't get riled up about a lot of things, but when somebody sees fit to invade my computer and plant unwanted crap on my toolbar (which is akin to invading your home and planting a bug in your house) ... I really get ticked off!

They claim the internet is "the wild west" ... but we are not all cowboys and some of us do have ethics, believe in personal privacy and personal freedoms!

Why hasn't the government stepped in and done something about this "no holds barred" scummy behaviour perpetrated by large and seemingly responsible businesses?

I would gladly pay for a browser which only I can control and nobody can invade ... at least not legally!

I would like to control or ban all pop ups if I so choose ... and I do!

I would also like to keep a list of "do not return" sites which piss me off by disabling my back button or which are just so bad that I don't ever want to go back.

There are many things I would like in my personal browser which isn't controlled by the very companies which also happen to build or own search engines. Opera is one choice I suppose, but I don't really care for it.

Even in Safari (which I do like), Google has taken control of my search box and instead of delivering me to the Google page I have preset as my home page ... they force me to some spanish speaking Google if I use the search box at the top right of the browser. Its ridiculous!

I had to change my search box to Yahoo so I could search in English ... and I don't like Yahoo, but I hate being force to a Spanish Google even more!

Stop controlling my browser and forcing crap down my throat! You are really starting to piss me off!

I am the "queen" of my castle ... not you!


 10:59 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah, it was on the front page of WebmasterWorld last month, and on my blog in January.

Is Ask Jeeves AdWare?

Jeeves tries to pass the blame on their partners for surreptitious downloads, and never mentions anything about their Smiley Central and MySearch's reported bad behavior that has been likened to a virus and a browser hijacker.

Their diversion works because the article was focused on driveby downloads, and the issue of Smiley Central never comes up. The issue of having your browser involuntarily taken to ad filled websites was lightly touched upon.

Their products, particularly Smiley Central, smelled bad to Cnet.com according to their official blog, and they questioned why adware companies receive so much funding.

AJ's Smiley Central, associated with the mysearch family of products, is no longer available from download.com, the webs most important download website, ever since download.com announced a zero tolerance policy to adware and spyware.

This article has a lot of breast beating but misses the target on the real issues of substance. It's not the involuntary download that is the issue, it's the software itself.

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