questionshas anyone noticed the trend in web sites to useā€¦

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Yes, and I despise it with a burning passion. I've gotten to the point that I use the back/pull down feature to see the page I actually WANT.

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upvote for the use of the word 'obviate'.

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I find this so annoying. If possible, I'll just leave the site so they don't benefit from my pageviews. It's as close to "you don't get my business" that I can muster for webpages!

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@lavikinga: I do the same thing. That's how I know I'm 10+ referrals deep after clicking...
@90mcg112: An elaborate ruse?

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If you suspect a link will do that, (for windows at least) hold the control key when clicking on the link. Then you just have to close the newly opened tab instead of the back button history dropdown.

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The worst is when you use that back/pulldown feature and the number of redirects exceeds the number of items in that list, basically rendering you stuck

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You really should use NoScript or whatever the equivalent for your browser would be. It gets rid of most of the various annoying/dirty tricks websites use. Of course blocking scripting everywhere would break lots of functionality, so its best to use the option to just block individual sites that abuse your trust.

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I've just gotten used to making my scroll wheel into a third button that opens in a new tab, every link I read in a new tab so it's easily closed and gone (and I use chrome, dunno if that matters).
But yes, if they're so determined on keeping me on their site, I most likely won't be buying that product unless it's the only option.

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@smallbigtall: chrome has a neat feature that "bookmarks" the entry point in the history. It's a lifesaver.
@starblind. @spikedknight:: I think Amazon is bad for this, but it goes without say that my entry point is usually Google links.
Chrome has a setting to "open links in new tab by default" I think.

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zero business will be had from at any such site. It's worse than the old popups.

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@starblind: I use noscript for everything, and then disable it for specific sites. Android needs noscript had.

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I have, for a long time, used the "Right click, open link in a new tab" Feature, then close out just the tabs I am done with, preserving my starting point.

I do this especially if I am researching info, and at times, end up with dozens of tabs open, lol.

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@carl669: I read 'obliviate' my first time around...

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@wolfsmane: I prefer that method myself. But on my new, hard to manage Windows 8 laptop, I picked up a search engine hijacker that I can't find anything that will get rid of it. I can't figure out its name, so I can't even search for a way to be rid of it. Neither Avast nor MSE have detected it. All new tabs open as blank incidents of this annoying search engine, so I can't open anything in a new tab. Given that this laptop is very low end and is as responsive as a brick, that makes web use pretty unfun. At least this inimical search engine allows me to jump to other pages by directly typing in their address, most of them don't even allow that. For some reason every danged thing I have tried to download on this laptop has brought in search engine malware or one sort or another, including Firefox and Irfanview DLed from their home pages. I have done three system restores in the 4mos I've owned it. I am wondering if Win8 has some sort of gateway issue.

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@moondrake: Try an anti-spyware product or two. I like MBAM. If that doesn't get rid of it, and you are OK with editing the registry, try going to the registry removing all instances of the hated search engine, else get someone techie who you trust to do it. Then reboot. If that doesn't get rid of it for good, you could try Googling all your running processes to see if they are legit. Or just do another system restore and this time install a good antispyware product in addition to your antivirus scanners. Update both frequently. Also use Firefox w noscript extension for browsing after the clean. Make sure Java is up to date and turn if off when you don't need it. Just my. 02....

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@f00l: I can try the anti-spyware, but I can't root it out by name because I can't figure out its name. I'll try to post a screenshot this evening, but its very plain and unassuming looking, and I can't find a name on it. I lost Firefox when I did the system restore to get rid of the Babylon malware that came with it.

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Another big Bozo Nono for me is a redirect.
Some of these have more than one.
If I'm running a browser app that's set to warn of any possible malware. these hit it.
Beeyotches!

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I'm not sure which phenomenon you're referencing, but here are two that drive me crazy:

1. Google image search (and many other sites) now opens the image in the middle of the page instead of in a new page. I rarely remember/notice the big X in the corner to close the image, and hit back.... taking me to my previous search or page. UGH.

2. You click a link, opening a new page. You get done with new page, hit back, and the back button reloads the current (new) page instead of taking you back. IIRC google image used to do this sometimes.

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@adelas: I was referencing your second example. It doesn't actually reload the current page. If you look at history, it will show multiple redirects that are the equivalent of walking up a hill in skis, you slide right back down.

I agree on the google image thing, but it will just take getting used to.

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