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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:22 pm 
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In the last year I've learnt a huge amount but there's still a lot I don't understand. For example how come when you type in an address sometimes you end up at a different site. Recently when I was experimenting with videos I typed in the address of a site holding my video. It worked but when I clicked on the same site (link) on a scheduled auction I always ended up at some random music store?


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Mistyping a URL will often lead you to a site that someone else has set up hoping that you mistype the original URL. It's almost always a deliberate act by spammers who have nefarious plans for the unwary browser.

An example of this phenomenon is http://www.google.com. As they are an extremely popular site, there are many who try to capitalize on misspellings and will attempt to redirect you to their own biased sites. Try typing in http://www.googgle.com, for example. Just don't use their search engine. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:21 am 
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It would help to see the auction you're talking about. If it's your own auction then it's ok to link to it here even before it has ended.


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The auction is one that hasn't started yet. It was a couple of weeks ago and to be honest I forget which video upload site I was using (I tried several). I had the URL stored in my favourites and it worked fine. When I used the same link on the auction however instead of going to that URL I immediately found myself at one particular music site. The URL in the address bar had completely changed from my link. I double checked everything but it continued until I got fed up with it, removed the link and settled with Google video. I don't think it is adware as in my experience that opens up a new window which you can simply close. It's not huge problem or anything but I just wondered what was going on. BTW I have never had trouble with links on scheduled auctions before.


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Hmm, it does sound strange. Not the redirection itself, that's standard, try for example this link (You automatically get forwarded to speedcubing.com):
http://tinyurl.com/4c62c
But I don't see why they'd sometimes forward you somewhere else and sometimes not...


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 Post subject: surfing
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:11 pm 
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Tony Fisher wrote:
The auction is one that hasn't started yet. It was a couple of weeks ago and to be honest I forget which video upload site I was using (I tried several). I had the URL stored in my favourites and it worked fine. When I used the same link on the auction however instead of going to that URL I immediately found myself at one particular music site. The URL in the address bar had completely changed from my link. I double checked everything but it continued until I got fed up with it, removed the link and settled with Google video. I don't think it is adware as in my experience that opens up a new window which you can simply close. It's not huge problem or anything but I just wondered what was going on. BTW I have never had trouble with links on scheduled auctions before.


If there is an error in the link, or you mistype something, sometimes you can end up at a site which owns that URL. If that particular URL is not in use, they'll sometimes send you to another URL they own which *is* in use.

David J


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