Moz. Firefox Defaulting to Microsoft.com?

by Steve Mallett

Related link: http://http://google.com



If you click the following malformed link with firefox are you directed to microsoft.com too?

http://http://google.com

26 Comments

Chirael
2004-08-18 19:00:36
It's not Firefox, it's Google
I used the LiveHTTPHeaders extension (see http://extensionroom.mozdev.org) and figured out that trying to go to http://http://google.com actually does a "I feel lucky" search on "http" at Google. For some reason, Google's top hit on http is Microsoft.com. Go figure!


My LiveHTTPHeaders capture:


http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=http


GET /search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=http HTTP/1.1
Host: www.google.com
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.8
Accept: application/x-shockwave-flash,text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,video/x-mng,image/png,image/jpeg,image/gif;q=0.2,*/*;q=0.1
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Cookie: PREF=ID=4cd48e166b4cb30a:TM=1033197184:LM=1033197184:S=OtfkNjUi7R3h3DuC; en_US


HTTP/1.x 302 Found
Location: http://www.microsoft.com/
Content-Type: text/html
Server: GWS/2.1
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Encoding: gzip
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 01:57:05 GMT
Cache-Control: private, x-gzip-ok=""

Chirael
2004-08-18 19:02:53
It's not Firefox, it's Google
Incidentally, you can use this hack to do an "I'm feeling lucky" search from your address bar. For example: http://kumquat/google.com
paco@taco.net
2004-08-18 19:21:37
yea, it does
Firefox does a google search on "http" and for whatever reason, google returns microsoft.com as the first result. We all know that microsoft invented HTTP.
clamprecht
2004-08-18 20:50:31
Yep, Here's what LiveHTTPHeaders says happens:
Interesting. I tried it with Firefox running the LiveHTTPHeaders plugin, and here's what it says is happening:


Request:
http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=http
GET /search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=http HTTP/1.1
Response:
HTTP/1.x 302 Found
Location: http://www.microsoft.com/


Request:
http://www.microsoft.com/
GET / HTTP/1.1
Response:
HTTP/1.x 200 OK


Looks like it's searching Google (my default search engine) for "http" with the "I'm Feeling Lucky" option. Interestingly, the first result in this query is www.microsoft.com.


RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

Music
2004-08-18 21:10:00
No
I got a page not found. However, I do remember that Internic/Network Solutions was adding "." domain queries to their top level routers. This would lead all unresolved names to their site. Not very good. I don't know if Microsoft has bought up most of Google's stock, but Google has become an advertising search engine, i.e., there is no more informative content, just sales, sales, and more sales.


That's why I've switched search engines. I have to do this every time one goes public or gets bought up. I do this because I'm not interested in trying to buy domain names or firewalls or antivirus programs when I'm looking for information on solving problems.


Anyone who would pay $2 Billion for Google is an idiot.


Right now, Dogpile.com is ruling the search engines. It provides lots of information, but it still has some commercial spam. And that's what nearly all of Google is, commercial spam.


Spam is useless and will affect Google stock. I suspect that the Wall Street insiders have targeted Google stock as their next big fraud scheme on the Internet. It's really not worth anywhere near $100.00 a share. It has no product and it's income is highly questionable. Maybe they're using one of Enron's "Big Six" accounting firms. They are, after all, from the same state and area, California, that gave everyone Enron.


How do you pay $2 Billion for a company that makes no money? Is there an NYSE Black Hole Stock Portfolio from which not even the big investor's money can escape?


I can't find out how to post a new topic on O'Reilly. So that explains my posting here.


Mr. O'Reilly certainly has built up this site, I'll say that.

Music
2004-08-18 21:11:36
No
I got a page not found. However, I do remember that Internic/Network Solutions was adding "." domain queries to their top level routers. This would lead all unresolved names to their site. Not very good. I don't know if Microsoft has bought up most of Google's stock, but Google has become an advertising search engine, i.e., there is no more informative content, just sales, sales, and more sales.


That's why I've switched search engines. I have to do this every time one goes public or gets bought up. I do this because I'm not interested in trying to buy domain names or firewalls or antivirus programs when I'm looking for information on solving problems.


Anyone who would pay $2 Billion for Google is an idiot.


Right now, Dogpile.com is ruling the search engines. It provides lots of information, but it still has some commercial spam. And that's what nearly all of Google is, commercial spam.


Spam is useless and will affect Google stock. I suspect that the Wall Street insiders have targeted Google stock as their next big fraud scheme on the Internet. It's really not worth anywhere near $100.00 a share. It has no product and it's income is highly questionable. Maybe they're using one of Enron's "Big Six" accounting firms. They are, after all, from the same state and area, California, that gave everyone Enron.


How do you pay $2 Billion for a company that makes no money? Is there an NYSE Black Hole Stock Portfolio from which not even the big investor's money can escape?


I can't find out how to post a new topic on O'Reilly. So that explains my posting here.


Mr. O'Reilly certainly has built up this site, I'll say that.

Music
2004-08-18 21:12:12
No
I got a page not found. However, I do remember that Internic/Network Solutions was adding "." domain queries to their top level routers. This would lead all unresolved names to their site. Not very good. I don't know if Microsoft has bought up most of Google's stock, but Google has become an advertising search engine, i.e., there is no more informative content, just sales, sales, and more sales.


That's why I've switched search engines. I have to do this every time one goes public or gets bought up. I do this because I'm not interested in trying to buy domain names or firewalls or antivirus programs when I'm looking for information on solving problems.


Anyone who would pay $2 Billion for Google is an idiot.


Right now, Dogpile.com is ruling the search engines. It provides lots of information, but it still has some commercial spam. And that's what nearly all of Google is, commercial spam.


Spam is useless and will affect Google stock. I suspect that the Wall Street insiders have targeted Google stock as their next big fraud scheme on the Internet. It's really not worth anywhere near $100.00 a share. It has no product and it's income is highly questionable. Maybe they're using one of Enron's "Big Six" accounting firms. They are, after all, from the same state and area, California, that gave everyone Enron.


How do you pay $2 Billion for a company that makes no money? Is there an NYSE Black Hole Stock Portfolio from which not even the big investor's money can escape?


I can't find out how to post a new topic on O'Reilly. So that explains my posting here.


Mr. O'Reilly certainly has built up this site, I'll say that.

ianb
2004-08-18 23:10:11
Yes
Yes, I do. How odd. This is Debian Firefox 0.9.3 as well. The same result if I type "http" into the location field, or "http://http". But http.com is another site entirely.


I guess it is because Microsoft is the first search result on Google for "http":

aristotle
2004-08-18 23:35:20
Strange.
Nothing happens if I try that link, but it does say "Waiting for www.microsoft.com" in the status line.
aristotle
2004-08-18 23:39:38
No
Err, are you dense?


FYI, Google produces 100% topical, 100% spam-free results any time I look for information on solving some problem on Linux or FreeBSD.

jwenting
2004-08-19 02:00:33
No
Almost every single link you get in the first hundred or so on a typical Google search is paid for (mileage may vary, depending on the search query of course).
Other search engines may inject a few "sponsored link"s but clearly mark them as such, Google typically does not.


Maybe you got lucky and your queries are so specific that no adwords match them...

caseydk
2004-08-19 04:47:20
Yes


I've noticed this when I had my test phpBB site incorrectly set where it was adding the http twice.

linuxactivist
2004-08-19 08:07:47
Yes
I get the same result and your theory IS correct.


When I typed ftp into the search field on Google's page,the first hit for for FTP Explorer from ftpx.com.


So If I type http://ftp://google.com It takes me to FTPX's site at http://www.ftpx.com.


Nothing nefarious, but interesting.


Similar results can be had with:

xeroply
2004-08-19 09:22:34
No, you
"Almost every single link you get in the first hundred or so on a typical Google search is paid for"


I have an extremely hard time believing this, especially given the 0 pieces of evidence you present in support.


Somehow I doubt, for example, that Microsoft has paid to have the KB articles documenting all their bugs come up in the first few results when I search on a Windows error.

sumanmanandhar
2004-08-19 09:23:56
http//http//
Firefox on Windows and Mac have same results. You can put as many http// as you like and any site name will work. Example,
http//http//http//http//http//http//http//http//xt.net


Strange indeed.


On Safari it doesn't work. So anybody trying to text search on Mozilla code?

tomaszstochmal
2004-08-19 11:10:06
micro$oft
Yes, I also was redirecting to MS
Dark plot ?
tomaszstochmal
2004-08-19 11:15:18
Google not Dogpile.com rules !
I get 80% of traffic to my website from Google
GolfProRM
2004-08-19 20:21:08
It's not Firefox, it's Google
It's not really a hack... You can type any generic terms into your firefox address bar and it will do a Google "I'm feeling lucky" search. This is the default intended behavior of Firefox.


Just time kumquat into your address bar and that's you'd get the same thing as what you posted above.


If you add
// Change to normal Google search:
user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=");

to your user.js file, FF will do a standard Google search from the address bar.

Kuklad
2008-06-11 18:55:13
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Kalomyal
2008-06-12 18:59:47
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Olsajer
2008-06-14 18:41:15
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Olsajer
2008-06-14 18:41:55
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2008-06-14 18:42:31
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2008-06-14 18:42:37
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2008-06-15 16:53:34
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aekkessi
2008-07-27 09:28:42
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