[SATLUG] Verizon feeding ads on URL errors

John Choate jdchoate at gmail.com
Mon Jun 2 10:33:55 CDT 2008

On Monday 02 June 2008 12:24:14 Don Crowder wrote:
> When I make an error in typing a URL into the browser address bar I get
> a page of garbage from Verizon instead of an ordinary "page not found"
> page.  For example, here's a screenshot of the page I get if I manually
> type in the URL for google but leave out the 'dot' before the 'com':
> http://www.don-guitar.com/photos/vz-url-error.png
> I'm really annoyed about this but I'm also aware than I haven't enough
> education to understand the full implications of what's taking place so
> I'd greatly appreciate a newbie-friendly analysis with an explanation of
> the ramifications.
> Yes, in case you're wondering, I'm trying to take advantage of your IT
> knowledge and experience (since I have almost none) but if I use the
> information in my ezine or a blog rant I'll give you due credit.  :)

That screenshot shows a normal Verizon/Yahoo search error, saying "Sorry, 
www.googlecom does not exist or is not available."
No garbage is visible in the screenshot, so we can't see what is being 
displayed to you.

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