trafficex.org: Malicous or Incompetent?

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Tommy Meehan

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You know what I'm getting at? Ever since I got this...Browser Hijacker?...in my computer (I'm rid of it thanks) I've wondered why a commercial porno dealer would load something that opens every five minutes (and then starts opening porn sites). At least, in every case I've heard about or read about, that's what trafficex.org does. Opens...you close it, opens...you close it, etc. I can understand a vendor using browser hijackers to aggressively market his wares. I don't agree with it but I DO understand the thinking. What I CAN'T understand is a vendor intentionally wanting to annoy the living crap outa potential consumers, which is what trafficex.org seemed designed to do. So was it intentional? A prank by some demented hacker? Or just an example of a poorly written program?

FWIW, the network admin at my job (and I didn't infect HIS computers with it, it was on my laptop) thinks it's the latter. Probably was supposed to open everytime you boot, one time that is, but was poorly written. Very poorly written.
 
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I think people are just stupid and dont understand how to properly e-market like companies who use popups. If a salesman jumped out at you and blocked your way in the street are you going to buy their product? most likely youll be like get out of my face weirdo so why are popups any different.. poor e-marketing my friend.
 

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Maggz you have a point. I guess you should never underestimate the stupidity of some marketeers! But would an e-marketer REALLY want a popup ad to rerun itself every five minutes (as trafficex.org seems to do on every computer that gets it)? Even if you decide to subscribe to one of the many "fine" sites it links you to (I'm being sarcastic) would that stop it? No, I don't think so. Even if you bought EVERYTHING it tries to sell you it just goes on opening every couple of minutes for...eternity? If that's marketing, it's downright bizarre!

And I like your analogy about a salesperson stepping in front of you on the street. Trafficex.org is like a telemarketer who keeps calling you back every five minutes. To see if maybe you changed your mind.
 
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