Advertisers taking over browsers

By Phantasm66
Apr 4, 2002
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  1. Oh, you have GOT to be joking! Its bad enough that those pop up windows can appear all over the place, maximum themselves so that they cover all of your desktop, etc....

    But you would you feel like a website could apply a skin to your browser at its own command????

    Read on.... For this nasty little shocker is comming:

    source: http://www.msnbc.com/news/732865.asp?cp1=1#BODY
  2. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,245

    You know, there should be a law against stuff like that. Thats like invading my privacy.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 6,504

    Personally, I am of the opinion that all this spam e-mail, adware, spyware, pop-up windows stuff is just verging on going too far.

    Perhaps I will start a pressure group. I am sure that you would all join.
  4. lokem

    lokem Newcomer, in training Posts: 773

    Geez.. Those big corps really know how to "diversify" their business and revenue stream. Don't they have enough already!!!??

    Hopefully they won't mutate other browsers as well; namely Mozilla, Opera and perhaps even Konqueror and Galeon.

    If this gets implemented, it's like watching ads on TV; except in this case, you can't escape the ads... Argh...
  5. XYZ359

    XYZ359 Newcomer, in training Posts: 123

    That's going way over the edge for us.

    The creators of the internet probably wouldn't want this.

    But, seriously, if a law isn't implemented soon, then say goodbye to Internet Explorer. Most people aren't going to put up with it. They'll either switch to another browser or even hack IE. It's bad enough that we see the ads on the websites. I basically still don't click them (I don't), so what's the point of putting ads on my actual browser? My point is, I'm still not going to click it.

    Keep it simple, it's not effective advertising.

    It's just annoying us very much!!!
  6. uncleel

    uncleel Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,145

    Die Pop-Up, Die

    Pop-Ups are the Spawn of Hades :evil:

    This is the lastest gimmick because revenue has fallen from the traditional banner ads. Guess they took a page out of AOL's playbook, which makes you click No Thanks, get outta my face ½ a dozen times just to get to the browser.

    You can fight back by clicking on our sponsors "traditional" ads, & never click on a pop-up

    It's so bad now that my host file isn't even working from all the new additions. You might want to try the free version of Pop-Up Stopper www.panicware.com but it also prevents opening multiple browser windows. So I find I deactivate it quite often. Here's the traditional Host File http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/
  7. lokem

    lokem Newcomer, in training Posts: 773

    Thanks for the links Unc. I'm glad that Mozilla's able to disable any JavaScript popups. I guess those pple will never know when to stop selling their products..
  8. XYZ359

    XYZ359 Newcomer, in training Posts: 123

    I hope it doesn't turn out to be this.

    :(

    It'll just take longer to load pages and mess up your internet surfing experience.
    These "traditional" ad banners and pop-ups are of enough annoyance already.
  9. uncleel

    uncleel Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,145

    It's good to have the ad revenue, so please click so they have enough hits to know that ads placed here are worthwhile.

  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    They should all burnt and run through a giant paper shredder :evil:

    I really wish they would knock it off. I've visited sites where one pop-up after another comes up, an endless chain of them. I click "cancel" and another pops up. Cancel again. Another popup.

    For those of you using the GAIN DivX pack, I had it installed (read: had) Every once in a while a bar would appear in the corner of my screen, right above the time, and an advertisement would scroll up out of it. I played around a little in my registry, but it turned out I only deleted ONE of the different kinds of ads. Now I use ad-aware every once in a while, which seems to have stopped it. But since I use KaZaA I get popups every once in a while on my screen, advertising this, or that. Of course, I've never clicked on one (well, I have, but only the box with the X in it in the corner)
    But god I wish they would just stop. It gets so annoying...
    Several companies have been subjecting to hate mail, their tech support address, admin address, comments & suggestions address...everything. Then, with a few, I've actually loaded HDKP (hard drive killer pro :haha: ) into my emails, the automatic execute kind. So if they opened it, which I doubt, their hard drive was low-level formatted in a matter of a few seconds....
    I just got one from consumerinfo.com...thank god for alt+f4
  11. uncleel

    uncleel Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,145


    discussing ANTI Pop-Up Software on this thread-->
    Pop-Ups are the Spawn of Hades
     
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 6,504

    I've already posted this in Uncleel's Pop up thread, but this is so cool I thought it had to be here as well......

    Great story here! Its just sue the SOBs and get rich on them!

    Seattle man has telemarketer's number: he gets apology and $500

    Tuesday, April 9, 2002


    source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/65795_collect09.shtml
  13. Sheariah

    Sheariah Newcomer, in training

    This really should be illegal!

    As I understand it, what United Virtualities is doing is giving advertisers an easy way to hijack browsers and take control of users' computers without ther permission or knowledge, as well as prevent the computer owners from changing or deleting these controls! And then they're so smug & condescending to say the average user is not smart enough to know how to handle cookies. Hey advertisers, if you want to loose customers, just call them stupid to their faces. If any advertiser wants to buy me a computer and pay the monthly internet access charges, then they can install whatever they want on it. But when I paid for the computer and I pay the monthly internet fees, then I should have the say-so about what it is used for and what gets put on it. Yes, I like to shop online, but I don't want someone following me home and spying on me in hopes to find out what I bought from other places and guessing what they think I might buy. If they want to know, all they have to do is ask me. Why don't all the walk-in stores install cameras & microphones all over the stores and on the shopping carts to record everything the shoppers do and waste they're precious shopping time annoying them with sales pitches for stuff they are not interested in? How much would you buy in a store if a sales clerk jumped in behind you and followed you everywhere looking over your shoulder and contantly suggesting all sorts of unrelated things for you to buy from the time you walk through the door until you leave. But what United Virtualities is doing with it's Ooqa Ooqa is kind of like a "virtual" extreme home make-over that replaces your home with a store like the one you are shopping in while you're "out" shopping, so that when you try to return "home", you're back in the store! I don't think that was ever intended by the old cliche: "You can never go home again".
  14. a1nerd

    a1nerd Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Spyware isnt illegal? For something so damaging to your computer i'm surprised theres no laws against it.
  15. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    People, before you answer to any post, please look at the DATE.
    This thread was last used in April 2002, three years ago!
    You been asleep al that time?
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