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  • 25 August 2012
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      When I use a search engine Google or Bing in IE9 the results have a green check mark or sometimes a red X in front of them.  IE is my default browser, but I use Chrome most all of the time as my main browser unless for some reason I need to use IE.  The green check marks don't appear in the search engines when using Chrome, only when using IE9.  
      I have WOT installed on both browsers.  In IE9 using either search engine Google or Bing, the search results have a green check mark, the WOT circle, the body of the result, then another WOT circle.  If I click on the check mark it opens the Webroot home page.  If I click on the WOT circle next to the check mark it gives a WOT rating of Webroot's home page.  The WOT mark at the end of the result gives the info on the actual site.
     Sorry to be so long winded, but my question is;  Where do these check marks come from?  Is this normal in IE searches.  I've done Google and Bing searches and haven't been able to find an answer that seemed appropriate to my situation.
     My computer is a Vista 32 with all updates.  Webroot antivirus anywhere is my AV.  I use Malwarebytes free, and Superantispyware free for scanning.  I don't have any other active anti-malware running and Defender is turned off.  I'd really like to know where these check marks originate from.  Thanks for any info you can give my.
 
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Best answer by RetiredTripleHelix 26 August 2012, 01:08

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Here is the first https:///t5/Webroot-SecureAnywhere/Missing-Search-Annotations/ta-p/6052 I would like to show you! Also Search Annotations only work with Internet Explorer 7.0 and higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and higher (32-bit only) it does not show in Chrome or Opera at this time! Also Firefox 14.0.1 Google search in now HTTPS which is secure so you will have to use HTTP http://www.google.com if you want to use Firefox Google search but you will still have the protection of the Web Threat Shield when using Chrome!
 
And Welcome to the Webroot Community Forums!  ;)
 
HTH,
 
TH
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Thanks for answering my question, your prompt reply is much appreciated.
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Your very Welcome!
 
Cheers,
 
TH
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I think it has been said Webroot are looking into getting the checkmarks operational within Google HTTPS searches. In the meantime, using HTTP instead will show those ticks.
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I looking into this as well.  I run Webroot secure anywhere AV on Windows 8 and Mac OSX 10.7, and both IE and Chrome.  Here's what I've noticed...
 
Win 8 (IE10) Checkboxes are there for both Bing and Google searches but nothing happens when you hover over the checkbox.
Win 8 (Chrome Stable) No checkboxes for either Bing or Google and no difference between http or https.
 
MacOSX 10.7 (Safari 6) Checkboxes are present on http searches, but when you switch to https search, no checkboxes appear.  You can hover over the checkbox to get a blurb about Webroot and the url of the site. Same for Google or Bing.
MacOSX 10.7 (Chrome Stable) No checkboxes on either http or https searches in Google or Bing.
 
 
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Hi Shady,
Hopefully I can shed some light on your observations.
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Win 8 (IE10) Checkboxes are there for both Bing and Google searches but nothing happens when you hover over the checkbox.
 
That's basically normal.  On my XP machine, all you get from a hover action is a link to webroot.com that you can click on.  It isn't really a feature so much as just another way to get to webroot.com.  Whether or not a direct-link to the main page of the Webroot website appears is fairly trivial.  There is no functional loss.
 
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Win 8 (Chrome Stable) No checkboxes for either Bing or Google and no difference between http or https.
 
That's also expected behavior.  Annotations do not work in Chrome on any Windows OS.  However, sites are still analyzed before visitation, and if you visit a malware site, it will block it from loading.
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MacOSX 10.7 (Safari 6) Checkboxes are present on http searches, but when you switch to https search, no checkboxes appear.  You can hover over the checkbox to get a blurb about Webroot and the url of the site. Same for Google or Bing.
 
Yes, with HTTPS on, you're trading off the security of the annotations for the security of encryption via HTTPS.  We are still working on trying to figure out how to get annotations to work over HTTPS, but at this time that's expected behavior.

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MacOSX 10.7 (Chrome Stable) No checkboxes on either http or https searches in Google or Bing. 
At the moment, this is again, expected behavior.  Protected browsing on a Mac works through a Safari extention, and that extention isn't available in Chrome, which is not based on Safari.  While Chrome in particular has posed some technical difficulties for search annotations in the past in Windows environments, we can take a look at Mac environments if there is sufficient interest.  I'd suggest creating an idea in the Ideas Exchange so we can gauge interest in pursuing such a feature.
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Thanks JimM,
 
I wasn't even sure where I was going with that analysis.  I think the bottom line is people like green checkboxes and red x's on their searches.  I was just curious as to the slight differences between browsers, security, and platforms.  Optimally I'd like to see Webroot link checker behave like it does on Safari for OSX on all platforms/browsers.
 
I'll also look into the Ideas Exchange that you suggested.
 
Thanks again
shady

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