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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!
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!
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.