Search engine?

How much thought do you put into your search engine? I think the privacy/tracking issues do put it into the security category. Anyway, after years of using Google by default I recently started experimenting with assorted alternate search engine choices. I think I’ve decided to use DuckDuckGo for awhile & see how it goes. It’s a much more private option to Google. I like it so far although Google does still have it’s place.

I occasionally use bing as a search engine. I have used other alternatives such as yahoo search engine.
The main problem is this: I made a decision of not to use google for a week and experience a weekend without google. But typing google had become a reflex action for my body. I couldnt control it. Each time my fingers became automated and alas!The last thing i knew google homepage displayed before me.

I use Scroogle Scraper.

Google results without all the Google tracking. :slight_smile:

I like Bing, so I’ve used it for a while now and don’t really miss Google much :slight_smile:

I never actually visit a search engine to initiate a search, I always use the search engine plug-ins from Mycroft Project: Search Engine Plugins - Firefox & IE8 from the URL bar (actually I use the Omnibar extension, which combines the search and url bars) This way I can quickly select the engine I need for a specific task.

I do use the google plug-in from time to time, but I have a number of greasemonkey scripts installed, which remove the tracking capabilities (amongst other things). I also don’t allow any search engine to set cookies. From time to time, I also spoof the headers. If you use firefox you can also try OptimizeGoogle

For the most part I use the Scroogle Scraper plug-in, followed by Ixquick Search Engine both of which run over SSL.

I never heard about DuckDuckGo yet. I tried it now and i it seems good but i only want to know where it fetches results from? From Google, Yahoo or Bing?
Also about, I didn’t see any search box for searching in this website. How do you use it?


From over 30 sources, including DuckDuckBot (our own crawler), crowd-sourced sites (in our own index), Yahoo! "BOSS", "", "WolframAlpha", "EntireWeb", "Bing" & "Blekko". For any given search, there is usually a vertical search engine out there that does a better job at answering it than a general search engine. Our long-term goal is to get you information from that best source, ideally in instant answer form.

If you use Tor, you can use DDGs Tor hidden service

GoogleSharing Updated for firefox 4.

Using Startingpage here (