Today, I’ve twice run into a script called Explorer Destroyer.Â Deployed on web sites (like this one, and this one), it puts up a pop-up delivering a pitch to download Firefox (and a Google download referral button) before permitting you to access the content on the page.Â This is what you see:
And, because the script is stupid, it reloads every time you return to the page.Â Don’t you guys know about cookies?
Now, I sometimes use Firefox, but most of the time my browser of choice is IE.Â It’s familiar, and a little more useable than Firefox, in my opinion.Â It’s my choice!
Anyway, I reported both the offending sites, and Explorer Destroyer to Google’s Ad-Sense Abuse team.Â Specifically, this system coerces users into clicking the Firefox button, and expects Google to pay $1 for each referral.Â That’s fraud.
Interesting commentary from LockerGnome, and Slashdot on this technology, as well as aÂ debateÂ on Spread FirefoxÂ show that even within theÂ FirefoxÂ CommunityÂ thisÂ tactic isÂ considered dubious.Â Â
I’ll use whatever browser I damn well please.Â It’s my choice.