Since 2009 a blog about the game World of Warcraft was offered under the domain Wow.com. The site also included a search portal with web, image, video and news search options, using AOL. From 2010 to 2013, no search was offered on Wow.com. Since February 2013, a search interface with its own start and result page has been offered, which was initially used by Google. This was followed in 2016 by a content page with its own AOL content (news), which also offered a web search. Since the end of 2017 a search interface with its own start and result page has been offered again. The content comes from Yahoo or Bing, it is not clearly stated.
|Country of Origin||US America|
|2009 - [...]||AOL|
|Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
Google Search Engine
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|Wikipedia: »AOL retained the wow.com domain name since it acquired CompuServe. It kept it dormant from shutdown of Wow! until 2007.
In mid-2007, AOL considered moving its Digg-style news aggregator (then hosted at Netscape.com) to wow.com, before ultimately moving it to Propeller.com. Toward the end of the year, AOL was reportedly working on using the domain for a social networking service focused on the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft, and to that end began redirecting the domain to an existing AOL-hosted World of Warcraft blog, WoW Insider. The blog, now with various social enhancements, officially moved to WoW.com on May 20, 2009.
Little more than a year after that relaunch, in October 2010, the blog resumed its previous name as WoW Insider and was moved to a subdomain of sister blog Joystiq. The wow.com domain was simultaneously relaunched as a deal of the day site similar to Groupon. However, that site was also short-lived, shutting down in late 2011. Throughout 2012, the domain redirected to another AOL site, Games.com.
Since February 2013, the domain has served as a bare-bones alternate interface to AOL's search engine, itself powered by Google Search. In 2015, a subdomain of wow.com (content.wow.com) began re-posting various articles from other AOL-owned sites, apparently for search engine optimization purposes. As of February 2015 wow.com, redirects to a web portal that is based on America Online's home page www.AOL.com.«
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|Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_(online_service)|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|SEAN DOYLE (2015): How to remove us.wow.com redirect URL: http://botcrawl.com/us-wow-com-redirect-virus-removal/|