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02|15|2010 01:56 pm EDT

PCWorld Recommends to Block

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

IDG’s PCWorld just published an article by Jared Newman about 15 Internet Annoyances and how to fix them. Of course the author thinks that parked domains are one of them, even if they may actually get the user to where they want to go. So Newman recommends all domains that involve framed parking on the owned domain:

13. This Web Site is Bogus

Sometimes when you mistype a URL or click an old, abandoned link, you’ll come upon these junky Web sites filled with useless links, a search bar that returns who-knows-what and a deliciously ironic slogan, “What you need, when you need it.” This is the work of cybersquatters, who occupy Web sites in hopes that you’ll click on those links and make them some money.

The Fix: Firefox users can once again use BlockSite to turn one major cybersquatter’s Web sites into blank pages–just add “*” to your restricted list. This will foil one major cybersquatter whos sites always refer back to that domain, but unfortunately the same trick doesn’t work in Internet Explorer’s list of restricted sites. No matter what browser you’re in, never give squatters the satisfaction of clicking on anything.

Of course the article also calls anyone who would re-register and park a previously registered and expired domain a cybersquatter, forgetting that the term implies an actual infringement on someones trademark. Maybe we should add journalists who do not do proper research to the list? I guess I could post that as a comment on his article, but then again, that would require registration on the site, which also is one of the annoyances he lists.

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February 15, 2010 @ 2:25 pm EDT

Now that is some disgustingly oblivious reporting by PC World when they don’t even do the research and label every domain investor a cybersquatter.

Hey PC World ….. how about hiring some real reporters that look up definitions? At the least, why don’t you post a retraction regarding this giant oversight? That at least would help maintain your reputation a bit.

Sheesh! Talk about stupidity.


February 15, 2010 @ 2:28 pm EDT

I’ve always felt that thing was a big mistake. Too easy to block! Wonder how long before they change that now.

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February 15, 2010 @ 3:54 pm EDT

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February 15, 2010 @ 4:18 pm EDT

No worries. The person who spends the time to block isn’t going to click on an ad anyway.

Stephen Douglas

February 17, 2010 @ 7:13 am EDT

Don’t worry, boys. I’ll go in there and post a “my grandma is smarter than you” comment. Gotta speak your mind! Don’t be timid like the US Senate!

Yay Bubbles

March 17, 2014 @ 12:58 pm EDT

“Of course the article also calls anyone who would re-register and park a
previously registered and expired domain a cybersquatter”

GOOD! Perhaps the cybersquatter will consider this now as a huge risk! Right now there is zero risk to filling up the domain with garbage link farms and scam artist advertisements, like Intelius.

Now, placing such rubbish will carry the risk of devaluing its resale value.

It’s like buying a house where a murder has occured. In most states, real estate agents must disclose this information prior to sale, because it has the potential to permanently affect resale value.

“forgetting that the term implies an actual infringement on someones trademark.”

This term does not imply actual infringement. Like many Internet terms, it is fairly new and its meaning subjective.


December 13, 2015 @ 3:47 pm EDT

Pissed Off Mofo Hey thanks for genittg the word out on this. I am SOOOOO sick of people squatting on domains. There was one day a while back I typed in 20 random domains that had useful names and would have been useful sites. But EVERY one of them was a what you need when you need it B.S. useless site. It should be forbidden to buy a domain unless you have a previously-existing verifiable business associated with it. Squatter sites should be considered Browsing Spam and should be shut down. As far as I’m concerned, the whole internet has become a toilet thanks to greedy people (and No, a site of ad links is not the least bit useful, anyone trying to defend such a site probably owns one). I am middle aged and have never had a mission or life purpose . But cleaning this crap off the face of the earth shall be mine, henceforth.

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