AliExpress tile mysteriously appeared on my Speed-Dial

  • A new tile just mysteriously appeared on my Speed-Dial for "AliExpress" (http://aliexpress.com/). I have never heard of this company, I have never visited their website, and I wouldn't have saved the link to my Speed-Dial if I had visited their site, so I am at a loss to know how it got there. Does anyone have any ideas?
    (I'm using Windows 10 + Opera 32.0.1948.25)

  • Opera has many partners that pay Opera to appear on your speed dial as special entries (custom thumbnails and such). This is how they pay for development of the browser. You might remember having several such entries when you first installed Opera; eBay, Amazon and others. Ali Express is yet another internet retailer and they recently sighed on with Opera to add a link to Opera's speed dial. Since they are new, when your browser updated it was added. The other companies didn't reappear because Opera remembers that you removed them but since Ali is new you haven't previously removed it and it was displayed. You haven't been hacked or anything like that. This also isn't unique to Opera. Chrome and Firefox do the same thing.

  • Thank you for your reply, lando242. I'm glad it's not some sort of problem. As I like to play with different flavors of Linux I install Opera quite frequently, so I am used to seeing the pre-installed tiles, but this is the first time I have seen a new tile show up later. To me it seems a little presumptuous of Opera to add tiles to an existing installation, though, and judging by the online reviews Ali Express seems to be a business to avoid.

  • Why in the world would Opera associate itself with some dubious Chinese company in the first place?

    Most of the reviews for Ali Express are horrendous.

  • It's not a partner. It's an aggressively advertising company seeming to parasitise on the Chromium engine. In my Chrome (and ONLY in Chrome) it opens time to time instead of executing a normal load.

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