In the last two days, while surfing the web, I’ve noticed random words double underlined with a black and yellow stripe. When I roll over the words, the info window in my browser identifies it as a “TopText link”. I click on it and it takes me to, guess what, an ad. For instance, if I type “TopText links are a big cluster fuck” it links the word “cluster” to an ad for some internet clustering hardware. Plus, it screws up my typing by inserting a space after the linked word.
These links are not put in by the author of the webpage, because they’re unrelated to the context of the linking web page. So where in hell do they come from? How do I disable it?
And before some wiseass comes in and says, “Just don’t click on the links, butthole”, that does not address the problem of something you put on the web being linked to an ad for something you find morally offensive. For example, say you post a web page about abortion rights only to find that every time you use the word “abortion” it’s linked to an ad for Operation Rescue. This bullshit must be stopped!