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Submission + - Charter Communications Hijacks Windows Live Search

Tony Bradley writes: "Charter Communications introduced a new "service". Some might call it browser hijacking. The new "feature" from Charter will intercept traffic to your default search engine and redirect you to their Charter-branded, 'powered by Yahoo!' search engine. Charter calls the new feature an opt-in service, however they opted everyone in by default with no notice and force you to allow a cookie to be installed if you wish to stay opted out. They provide a link to visit if you wish to change your settings, but the link is dead. There is no such site. Oh! Charter also feels that only users of Windows Live Search need the benefit of their new feature. Searches aimed at Google, Yahoo or AOL are not redirected, but searches directed to Microsoft's search engine are hijacked unless you have the opt-out cookie. You can get more details, along with screen shots, in this article on About.com: http://netsecurity.about.com/od/webbrowsersecurity /ss/charterhijack.htm"

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