Posted on | February 22, 2008 | 15 Comments
Was trying to go to a website and saw that I was redirected to a Road Runner (RoadRunner) search page. Seems that they are now “hijacking” and trying to profit off of typos and sites and that just don’t exist. Normally you’d get a “Page Not Found” error, but now you get redirected to this damned search page.
Here’s a live example of the search page
Picture of the “hijacked” Road Runner redirect page:
Extremely annoying. Maybe it’s just the fact that I hate that these guys are trying to profit off of their paying customers? Eh. Whatever. Everyone has to try and make money, right? Notice that Verizon Internet Provider is also doing something similar. I’m thinking that a majority of ISPs are going to follow in mistyped domain search engine redirect practice. What’s basically done is that there is a DNS (Domain Name Server) redirect that gets the mistyped domains to the search engine results page.
Invasion of private in a weird and awkward way? I’d say yes. BUT…
At the bottom right hand corner what do you see? “Opt in or Out of this service”
When clicked you can disable
Web Address Error Redirect Service (This preference allows you to opt in or out of Road Runner’s non-existing domain landing service.)
Typo Correction Service (This preference allows you to opt in or out of the Typo Correction Service. This service will automatically fix many common typos in web addresses [for example: ww to www and .cmo to .com]. If you enter a non-existent web address, and this service is able to typo-correct your domain to a valid web address, you will be taken there automatically.)
Safe Search Filter (This preference allows you to restrict adult-oriented content from search results on the non-existing domain landing service.).
Yep. I disabled the SOB.
“Note: Preference Updates to Web Address Error Redirect Service may take 15 minutes to take effect.”
Take that, Road Runner!
Road Runner ISP Hijacking Mistyped typo domain URLs.
Road Runner is from Time Warner Cable Internet Service Provider.