| We'd like to bring your attention
to an issue that has the potential to affect the entire Web community.
There's a new form of technology that alters webpages without the knowledge
or permission of website owners. The most widespread version of this technology
is a program called TopText. TopText comes bundled with the popular file-sharing
programs KaZaa & iMesh, as well as several other freeware programs.
If you've noticed yellow underlines with green edges showing up on a lot of the pages that you visit, you have installed (intentionally or otherwise) the TopText application. These underlines are not the work of the people who created the pages, but are added when TopText alters your browser settings without your knowledge. If you click on one of these links, you'll be taken to the website of an advertiser who paid the makers of TopText (eZula, Inc.) for the underline.
This raises a number of concerns.
For example, the page that the link leads to may not be appropriate for
children. Furthermore, unreviewed links may be introduced into shopping
cart links, product recommendations, editorials, online legal documents
and posts to online forums, adding confusion and potentially misleading
you, the user. It is not just about commercial sites. Such links can even
be placed upon web published fiction sites without the permission of the
author - right in the
But perhaps the most frightening concern TopText and similar applications raise is that they may spell an end to the free Web. A huge percentage of the Web's most popular sites owe their very existence to advertising dollars. TopText steals those dollars away from them without any compensation.
If this technology is allowed to spread, free sites will be forced to charge fees for their use. And this will dramatically limit the number of people who will be able to afford to use the Internet as a resource.
To remove TopText from your system, go to:
To get a free code to protect your web pages from TopText:
Also be careful to avoid a similar software to TopText
If you're a website owner or maintainer and would like more information on the fight to stop TopText, see the link below:
For a directory of anti-scumware sites and resources: