I was actually a bit disturbed when I read the whole article (which is long)… here’s the short version:
“Google and Dell have teamed up to install some software on Dell computers that borders on being spyware. I say spyware because it’s hard to figure out what it is and is even harder to remove.”
“The screenshot below shows what the Dell-branded Google search results page looks like when you make a typo in your address bar. You can’t even see the search results in the picture (800×600 resolution) because the entire top of the page and right side are plastered with ads.
This page isn’t being shown to Dell owners just because they have the Google Toolbar. In fact, uninstalling the Google Toolbar won’t get rid of it. Dell and Google are now installing a second program on computers that intercepts all sorts of queries (requests / questions) that the browser would normally try to resolve (answer). This program has no clear name and is very hard to uninstall. In some circles, people would call this spyware.”
“In order for a user to get rid of this brokenness the person has to remove a piece of software called “Browser Address Error Redirector”? ”
“Would your Mom uninstall something with a name like that? I don’t think so.
Not only that, but due to some support inquiries we’ve gotten it seems like this software is being installed on older Dell computers that use some sort of automatic update service from Dell. Is this thing spreading? Ugh. How bad is it?”
Google… what’s happened to you? Did you get psychopathic bug from Microsoft? Cause I’d expect this from them… not from you.