Mediacom Users Still Struggle To Opt Out Of DNS Redirection Ads
Several years ago cable operator Mediacom joined most ISPs in using a DNS redirection service to direct people who mistype URLs to their own ad-laden search portal instead of a 404 error. At the time (2011), we noted how Mediacom implemented an opt-out function for the feature that didn't appear to work
, users still getting the Mediacom ads after clearly stating they'd rather not. Fast forward three years, and users in our Mediacom forum
state they're still unable to get the opt-out function to work:
I have tried everything to stop the Medicom redirects and even when I successfully reach the Preferences page and change it (again) the redirects come back quickly. Now I can no longer reach the preferences page, I get this new "locked" vs preferences sever offline page -- for weeks.
Mediacom says they're looking into it. Just like they were looking into it three years ago. Fortunately it appears that migrating to another DNS provider like Google or OpenDNS seems to fix the company's broken opt-out mechanisms.