I have just seen that BT have implemented this :-
*without* customer knowledge or setting it as initially opted out.
Why are you doing this ? Do you realise this can affect a wide range of applications expecting a certain browser response ?, and providing paid adverts ?
You did a similar thing with the Business community a few months back when you added an "advert".
Turn this off now.
A little help needed on this one. You written "opted out". Should that be opted in?
From the link you provided, I chose the first link, then preferences link and mine states that
"BT Web Address Help suggests relevant, helpful search results when a web address can't be found.
This service is currently enabled. You can update your settings using the buttons below:"
Does that mean that I need to disable it and click on save settings?
Well I've just tried and I'm not happy
(using XP sp3)
The same results for Win7!!
I've just tried typing some bogus URLs into IE8 and Firefox, and both give the errors I would have expected.
Many I suggest that you are not using the BT DNS servers allocated to you and have perhaps set specific ones ?
I suppose it may differ based on the allocated DNS servers ......
I usually set the Google ones, but occasionally change to allow them to be allocated by BT in order to test stuff. E.g. the posts of a few weeks ago when various users couldn't access some sites. In these cases, it's likely that BT will supply the "advert" page indicating that the initial website has gone - and hence offer others.
This is advertising by the backdoor.
For me (using Firefox plus various add ons) it appears to choose a keyword.
Try "www.and.any.combination.gives.me.an.advert.page.com" and see which keyword it selects.
edit. The disable and save works. You MUST restart your browser though (I missed that bit in the text so panic did set in for a moment).
This is not cool, I have turned it off. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Having chosen to opt in/enable this 'service', I can confirm that it does appear to be turned off.
I have however disabled it yet again, just in case this does happen again in the future.
BT have restarted DNS hijacking aka "Web Address Help" aka Barefruit redirect. It is time to opt-out as it looks like it is here to stay.
I've put the details up of the starting/stopping/starting at http://reversemidastouch.blogspot.com (opens in new window).
Hope this helps,