How to Turn Off Norton Safe Web in Norton Internet Security 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
After a recent Norton Internet Security 2009 update, I found that I was now seeing green circle checkmark icons in Google search results. When hovering over the checkmarks a Norton Site Safety box popped up alerting me that the site was safe (or not safe). The green circle checkmarks indicate the site is safe, orange circle exclamation marks indicate "caution" and red circle x icons indicates that a website is unsafe.
I soon discovered that these rating icons are part of Norton Safe Web and are enabled when the 'Enhance Search Engine Results' is turned on. By simply turning off "Enhance Search Engine Results", you can make the Norton Safe Web rating icons disappear when performing a search. Here's how you can turn it off:
- Open Norton Internet Security 2009.
- Within the "Identity" section click on 'Settings'.
- Now find the line that says "Enhance Search Engine Results" and click the adjacent On/Off slider so that it shows Off.
- Click the Apply button, then click OK.
- Close down your Web browser windows (Internet Explorer/ Firefox), once you reopen your browser the Norton Safe Web rating icons should be removed from your search results.
Hope that helps you quickly disable and get rid of Norton Safe Web icons from your search results (I know I found the Norton Site Safety pop-up boxes to be completely annoying). In case your interested in learning more about Norton Safe Web, here's little bit more info from Norton Help Center:
Norton Safe Web displays the Norton rating icon when you are on a Web page. When you click the Norton rating icon on the Norton toolbar, a pop-up with information about the safety of the site appears. Norton Safe Web also provides a detailed report of the site safety. You can click the button in the pop-up window to view the detailed report. The report is displayed in the Norton Safe Web Web site.
For any Web site that you visit or want to know the site safety status, the Norton Safe Web Web site offers the following features:
Displays the community rating
Lets you add your reviews
Lets you view user reviews
Displays a list of keywords that are tagged to the Web site
Displays the general information and the threat information