tdockery97 wrote:In my opinion just some operation that is hijacking users for profit. Mint would never do anything like that. Clem is very up-front about his advertising/income arrangements.
If there would have been a partnership, Clem definitely would have announced on Linux Mint Blog. As on Today, he has signed a partnership with duck-duck-go.
Try surfing with Live CD/DVD or Live USB, try the same with it. LIVE CD is like 24 carat Gold.
Alternatively, why not try Google Chrome / Chromium / Opera.
If still you want to double check, can you tell us which URL is redirecting. If the same URL redirects to Webring from many locations (IP address), then the website may be hacked. If it is only directing you, FF may be hacked. In this case, uninstall and reinstall FF.
Hope this helps