Bright House Cable customers who use Road Runner Internet service might have recently noticed an odd page occasionally pops up. The page looks like a Road Runner branded search page. There is a notice that mentions the page is “powered by Yahoo.”
It probably means you’ve entered an incorrect web URL. Without asking customers to opt-in, Road Runner recently enabled their “non-existing domain landing service.” That means Road Runner hijacks your normal error page to show you their advertiser-supported page.
I found a professor in Texas who had a problem with the Road Runner “service”:
I probably never would have noticed this service had it not malfunctioned on my computer. I still don’t know why it did, and Road Runner seemed both unable to tell me, and uninterested in finding out. The problem is that I wasted quite a bit of time trying to figure out what was wrong with my Internet just to find out that my ISP quietly launched a new service that still seems to have a few bugs. Why not just contact customers and let them know that this new service is about to go into effect and that they can opt out? — Corinne Weisgerber
You can opt-out both the Web Address Error Redirect Service and the Typo Correction Service at the Road Runner non-existing domain landing service preferences page.
Tonight, I disabled all options and everything returned to normal in just a few minutes.