How to get out of a nasty RickRoll
The offending link is
http://internetisseriousbusiness.com/ (don’t go there!).
It resizes your browser and starts playing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” while moving the browser window into all four corners of the screen, again not so bad. Here’s the nasty part: you can’t close the window.
The page has an
onbeforeunload event handler that gets triggered when a window/tab close attempt is made. It throws up an
alert box with part of the song’s lyrics in it. Closing it just opens up another
alert box effectively keeping you from ever closing the window. Most people have no choice but to force quit their browser, but here’s how to get out without losing everything you’re working on:
- Keep your finger down on the Esc key till there are no more
- Close the offending window
- Throttle the jerk who RickRolled you
The Whois information for http://internetisseriousbusiness.com/ is:
Domain Name: INTERNETISSERIOUSBUSINESS.COM Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC. Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com Name Server: NS43.DOMAINCONTROL.COM Name Server: NS44.DOMAINCONTROL.COM Status: clientRenewProhibited Status: clientTransferProhibited Status: clientUpdateProhibited Status: clientDeleteProhibited Updated Date: 28-jan-2008 Creation Date: 08-mar-2007 Expiration Date: 08-mar-2009