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Windows 7: What's the best alternative to Google now that they're censoring?

31 Jan 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I'm really liking DuckDuckGo, I've set it up as my default search engine in Chrome, thanks for the referral.

Having said that, even if I type a search in the Omnibox Google is still logging my keystrokes right?

I've disabled both the prediction service and Chrome instant but from Google's policy page it sounds as if they still log my searches through the Omnibox even though I'm using a different search engine.

Google says on their policy page:

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Both the address bar prediction service and Chrome Instant are disabled

Policy: Searches are logged only after you press Enter.
Example: You type "flow," and pause. Nothing is logged by Google. You press Enter. Google logs "flow" as a search.
https://support.google.com/chrome/bi...instant_policy

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31 Jan 2013   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

As for the Image searches I got regarding Operation Barbarosa I got a lot of images of video game screenshots. That's probably Google tailoring the results to my past searches and penchant for video games.

That's what I meant by watered down. Apparently two people can input the same search query and the results will vary drastically based on past search history and preferences.
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31 Jan 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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Apparently two people can input the same search query and the results will vary drastically based on past search history and preferences.
This isn't neccesarily a bad thing by itself; having tailored search results can mean we get potentially less irrelevant search results and we won't spend as much time sifting through results we don't want looking for results we actually want.

That said, ideally a feature like this should be switchable on/off according to a user's needs. Google's decision to force this isn't earning them any points.
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