Gateway Advertising Adult Sex
I recently wrote about the dangers associated with new computers but today I found an additional surprise to tell you about. My new Gateway came with quite a few pre-installed programs which I removed using WinPatrol but one I didn’t remove an IE Helpers(BHO) called “BAE.DLL”. This file is a “Browser Address Error Redirector”.
If you request a web page that doesn’t exist or can’t be reached you’ll typically get an error page called a “404”. What BAE.DLL does is redirect the standard 404 Error Page to a page created in this case by Gateway with Google ads.
Instead of providing useful information, Gateway just tells you there’s an error and displays a page full of paid advertising. The type of advertising is very loosely based on your error. Gateway gets a commission on any ad you click on.
I was a little suprised by the ads above but many others appeared to be ok, yet pointed to sites which were full of adware and spyware. If you find BAE.DLL or something called GoogleAFE, you’ll want to remove them and stick with the standard IE 404 error page.