Msg#: 4419492 posted 9:17 am on Feb 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
note: I do not have a preferred browser set, never have. typing in about:config and visiting keyword.URL shows that the url is indeed blank and keyword.enabled is set to false... but yet typing a keyword as url leads me to Google instead of an error page (which is what I want, and had)
Msg#: 4419492 posted 5:45 pm on Feb 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
(in both firefox and IE).
Phranque has it exactly right -ISP's are monetizing user typos by hosting their own searches, or partnering with larger search engines. Happens all the time on our ISP. Since your request goes over their bandwidth, I'm not sure anything short of a class action suit would stop it. I'm sure there's some lawyerly loophole someone would find that could tie it into invasion of privacy.