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Privacy Report Icon on IE7

by danawenco / August 21, 2009 5:12 PM PDT

This is the first time I noticed this behavior.

When I opened IE7, and loaded my homepage (, I saw a privacy report icon (the one with an eye) at the bottom of my browser. I closed my browser, and reopened it several times, but it never showed up again.

Could anyone let me know what that is, and if I need to be concerned? I've read one other post on this forum about the eye icon but don't quite get it.

I am using Vista, SP1, and IE7.

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Probably nothing
by Jimmy Greystone / August 21, 2009 11:54 PM PDT

Probably nothing to be worried about. It could have been a fluke. Or possibly someone had penetrated Google's systems, but they caught it and eliminated it by the time you reloaded the page.

Still, you are living a bit dangerously using IE and neglecting to install SP2. Not installing any security updates and/or service packs is dangerous enough, but then adding using IE on top of that makes for something akin to playing with matches in a room full of gasoline and dynamite.

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I have been installing all updates
by danawenco / August 22, 2009 10:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Probably nothing

Thanks a lot Jimmy.

Actually I have been religiously installing all Windows updates as soon as they are available (using Windows Updates). Vista SP2 has never been offered to me on Windows Update so I haven't installed it. Should I manually download it from MS?

Actually, could anyone kindly let me know what that "eye" icon is for please? I've been googling it and seems like in some instances it is valid.

Thanks a lot.

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I found a way to reproduce it
by danawenco / August 22, 2009 12:18 PM PDT

If I start a new IE7 browser, I don't see the icon. But if I open a new tab on an existing browser, then I always see the icon. Although doing it either way loads the same homepage (

Any idea what's going on?


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