• http://david.ulevitch.com/ David Ulevitch

    Wow, this is an even better write-up than mine. You know much more about the history of it than I do.

    I’m going to link to it in the post.

    Thanks!

  • http://searchengineland.com Danny Sullivan

    Thanks, David — but same back at you. You had a great story about this!

  • http://www.jakeludington.com jludington

    It’s worth noting that the instructions provided in the “What’s This” link do not provide a solution for removing this URL redirect on all systems. On my Dell D620 laptop with Windows Vista, I had to turn off a browser add-on to get the “feature” to stop working. I provide a list of the removal steps for anyone interested in getting rid of this junk.

  • http://www.naffziger.net/blog Dave N

    I thought this was a particular good review of the Dell error redirects. However, I think it is worth noting that the set of organizations making money off of typos is far more widespread than any one (or two) companies.

    ISPs, Web browsers, web hosting companies, PC manufacturers and Google/Yahoo are all complicit in the business.

    Even OpenDNS makes all its money from typos (I find this particularly disingenuous, since they are very vocal about how they ‘fix’ this problem).

    I wrote a more detailed note here for those interested:

    http://www.naffziger.net/blog/2007/05/23/domain-typos-everyone-has-a-hand-in-it/

  • http://www.smoblog.com/ mblair

    Dave N – Isn’t there a pretty substantial difference in intentions between Dell/Google and OpenDNS here? OpenDNS is opt-in and, as I understand it, they try to redirect the typo first if they can decipher it.

  • Ilgaz

    Not just that, there are some very gray area software (lets not use the term) advertised on your Microsoft “search” page via Google ads.

    They are also founding member of stopbadware.org too.

  • Ilgaz

    I forgot something. When you put something to “control panel add remove programs” right with OS/Vendor installation, the general audience end user will be afraid of removing it since “it came with their system”.

    Ask any antivirus vendor for example. You can code the best antivirus on Earth and provide it for free and yet they will keep running the pre-installed trial antivirus regardless of its bugs or price.

  • http://michaelzimmer.org michaelzimmer

    Have you experienced this first-hand on a Dell machine? I’m curious as to whether a Google cookies get placed if a user is pointed to one of these “error pages”.