I saw a website today that tried to romanticize Alta Vista as the first pre-Google search engine. To me, it was anything but. I had my scariest computer experience simply by going to that website. I knew nothing about computer security then, and the moment I arrived at their page my browser got hijacked. A million popups started replicating on my VGA monitor, faster than I could close them. In short time, my 2G of RAM was totally saturated and within minutes Windows XP froze completely. Not knowing what to do, I re-booted my computer...then the REAL fun happened. My first computer virus. Before TOR, if you wanted to know what the Dark Web was all you had to do was visit Alta Vista. You were guaranteed immediate DLL injection. The internet was the "Wild Wild West" back then.