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I guess this means it probably was adware but it is strange because it wasn’t promoting anything in particular. The box simply showed 4 related alternate searches and under each it showed the top three results for that search. If I typed in ‘widget’ for example it would show alternate searches: ‘widget shop’ and the top 3 results for that search, ‘widget events’, etc... The alternate searches looked like the sort of suggestions that come up when you type a term into google suggest.
Could this be adware? Or was google trying out a new feature on a few random users? Another thing is that my original post was quarantined until a moderate had checked it out so you guys might have read this a couple of hours after I original posted it.
Tomorrow I will check again on the computer I saw it on and that should settle it.
Dayo – The results were relevant but to be honest the box did take up a lot of space and did not seem that useful to me. If I wanted ‘widget news’ I would have typed it in in the first place!