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    ISP Injecting Ads, What would you do?

    Now new complaints in our forums say Mediacom has started using Javascript to inject their own advertisements onto the top of websites -- including the normally stark Google main page. For illustration we've got screenshots of the Google and Apple websites after Mediacom is done with them.
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/M...ebsites-112918

    If you saw that an ISP was injecting there own ads on to your website, what would you do?
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    pretty crazy. what kind of technology are they using to do that?
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    I would send a bill to them every month. If they do not pay after 3 months, send them to collections, then court. They are making money from your website, you are entitled to a percentage.

    Doesn't that sound correct?
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    Find another ISP

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    I don't know what I'd do if it were my site. I guess I'd try to figure out a way to beat it. If it were MY ISP injecting ads into sites that i was visiting, I can guarantee you I'd find another provider, though.

    Our Linksys router, after a firmware upgrade, started redirecting 404s to a sponsored search page. We dropped it that day and went with a different brand.

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    Theres nothing they can do about BLOCKING ADS!!!!!!

    Just continue to do what you do now: BLOCK ALL SPAM ADS!





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    Yep I'd block thier ads.

    Use a hosts file and redirect thier 404s (usually a custom domain and a page with portal links) to your own custom local one or a cool site you like instead. I do that. My ISP has the custom 404 pages as well sometimes (like 10% of the time instead of the usual browser message)
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    We have them in Cedar Rapids and I've yet to be bombarded with ads of any sort. Must be in target markets only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatScriptGuy View Post
    Our Linksys router, after a firmware upgrade, started redirecting 404s to a sponsored search page. We dropped it that day and went with a different brand.
    Quote Originally Posted by ninkynonk View Post
    Use a hosts file and redirect thier 404s (usually a custom domain and a page with portal links) to your own custom local one or a cool site you like instead. I do that. My ISP has the custom 404 pages as well sometimes (like 10% of the time instead of the usual browser message)
    That's simple to stop. Don't use your ISP's DNS! Heck, Google even offers free DNS service - 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4

    ThatScriptGuy - You may have forgotten to set your custom DNS in the new router?
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    cool I may try the custom DNS trick. Thanks.
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    Two words: Switch ISPs.

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    @GORF - What I'm talking about could not be stopped without installing a modified firmware to the router. Trust me, I tried. We use OpenDNS servers here, and any time we should have gotten a 404 page, we got a Linksys branded search results page that didn't even work properly. Apparently it could be turned off on other models of routers, but not ours. But the solution was easy. We bought a buffalo and haven't looked back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Two words: Switch ISPs.

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    not easy here for home use we got crappy dsl or mediocre cable here. LOL. I'd rather have mediocre cable. the DSL speeds round here max at 7 while at the low-end my cable co is 10Mbps. most areas got at least 6 home providers to chose from my area has 3. the third is a smaller cable co that filters websites and has a lower b/w cap. plus they are 10 bucks more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GORF
    That's simple to stop. Don't use your ISP's DNS! Heck, Google even offers free DNS service - 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4
    I dont know if i would trust anything google!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shannara
    I would send a bill to them every month...
    Heh i wonder if they would pay??





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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatScriptGuy View Post
    @GORF - What I'm talking about could not be stopped without installing a modified firmware to the router. Trust me, I tried. We use OpenDNS servers here, and any time we should have gotten a 404 page, we got a Linksys branded search results page that didn't even work properly. Apparently it could be turned off on other models of routers, but not ours. But the solution was easy. We bought a buffalo and haven't looked back.
    It was just a thought. In that case, I would have done the same thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavix View Post
    We have them in Cedar Rapids and I've yet to be bombarded with ads of any sort. Must be in target markets only.
    Ah, good ol' CR. Still smells like oatmeal on 380?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomLittleHost View Post
    Find another ISP
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    Doing stuff like that is so petty... You need to think what that one marketing guy or exec was smoking. I guess they assume all of their customers don't know what's going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlewis23 View Post
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/M...ebsites-112918

    If you saw that an ISP was injecting there own ads on to your website, what would you do?
    I would be pretty pissed off although if they were a quality ISP i'd just have to tolerate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techy View Post
    I would be pretty pissed off although if they were a quality ISP i'd just have to tolerate it.
    they're AT&T
    e: hmm, not anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by GORF View Post
    That's simple to stop. Don't use your ISP's DNS! Heck, Google even offers free DNS service - 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4

    ThatScriptGuy - You may have forgotten to set your custom DNS in the new router?
    http://www.perftech.com/ad_insertion.html
    It's not ISP dns or NXDOMAIN hits, they are doing DPI on all non SSL pages and inserting their own code.
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    Damn. It that considered legal advertising?

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    Thats one way to half your client base
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    Greedy Morons shouldn't even be running an isp if they cannot afford to provide ad free internet service.

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