Cox Cable Redirecting (Stealing???) Microsoft Live Searches???

This has been driving me nuts for a few months, and I finally got to the bottom of it. I have Live search as my default in Internet Explorer 8. To be honest, I use both Live and Google on a regular basis, they both do great things for me.

Anyway, if I search from the search node [CTRL]+E everything works fine.

If I search from the Address bar [CTRL]+D and I have Live search as the default search provider, then Cox hijacks the search, and shows me a Yahoo search, that is branded by Cox.

There isn’t anything in me that thinks this is ok. Is it possible that Microsoft and Cox Cable have an agreement that let’s them do this, or are they just being shifty?

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, then this video is priceless.


This only happens in IE. I’ve tested Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. All do native searches. ONLY IE, and ONLY when Live Search is the default provider. Other searches go throguh just fine and return native results. Sure seems like Microsoft is being targeted here. Microsoft customers rather, since they’re going after all the default users.