McAfee Plus'ing Your Google Search Results

Jul 8, 2011 • 8:35 am | comments (8) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

McAfee Google +1'dThere are widespread reports that the McAfee browser security software is automatically +1'ing search results within Google.

A Google Web Search Help thread has several reports with these complaints. The first complaint read:

I managed to disable +1 buttons using AdBlock Plus, and the +1 buttons no longer show up in my searches. However, underneath every link it still says "You +1'd this publicly. Undo." Clicking the Undo link does nothing, perhaps because I never +1'd anything.

Google believes it is McAfee's fault based on one user saying when he turned off McAfee it went away. The user said:

When I change the setting on MacAfee to "do not show ratings" and refresh the search page, the "You +1'd this publicly. Undo" notices disappear.

So it's MacAfee related at least for me.

So give that a try and someone should notify McAfee of the issue so they can fix it at the software level. Or maybe Google should fix something?

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Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Update: McAfee sent us a statement:

McAfee technology does not +1 any results. What you're seeing is an issue with Adblock.

As you know, if you login to your gmail account, then you see the +1. If you log out, you will not see +1. When you use SiteAdvisor and Adblock, Adblock suppresses the +1 image but not the other +1 content. Remove SiteAdvisor, and Adblock removes it all. Adblock doesn’t expect SiteAdvisor’s icon to be present.

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