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ONLamp: Firefox versus AdSubtract: How Not to Compete with Open Source

Jan 30, 2005, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc Hedlund)

"Recently I sat down at one of my old desktop machines, on which I'd been running Internet Explorer with Windows 2000 (for no good reason other than intertia and infrequent use). The browser was set up to use AdSubtract, a cookie manager and ad and pop-up blocker I had used for many years on Windows. AdSubtract was a great little product, and it always took a while to readjust to the web without it when I was using Safari or another browser.

"On this day, I fired up Internet Explorer and immediately saw a pop-up ad. 'Huh? What happened to AdSubtract?' I thought. Then I looked at the ad, and realized that it was from AdSubtract--the product had used its upgrade notification function to place an ad on my machine. 'Wait--didn't I buy this thing to block ads?' I thought..."

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