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I've been finding that far too often I end up searching with "!g" with DuckDuckGo. I really like DDG, but, a bit tired of always doing 2 searches. DDG is great for a lot of general searches, but I just search for too much stuff that's off the beaten path or highly specific.

Anyways, I'm switching over to Start Page:

How have people found it?

(Anything else out there that's worth looking at?)

You'll get less results than if you went through Google but you do get the benefit of not having to use cookies if you don't want to while still keeping all the settings for a customised search by going into the settings, change things and then generate a Custom plugin.

You can also proxy through Ixquick if you want to visit a result anonymously.

StartPage is my default search engine for anything typed into the location bar or search field in Pale Moon but I also use Advanced URL Builder so I can just highlight text anywhere and pick another search engine.

I also use GreaseMonkey with the Google Hit Hider by Domain userscript which lets you 1-click block results in StartPage also ... BANG! Perma-banned!  :D

Mostly pretty decent (while once in a while not able to get through).

If they are so good at protecting privacy, why do they need to track which browser I'm using in their URL?

How did you end up with that?

For reference, I checked the search plugin (from Mycroft I think) installed here for Firefox to see what might be submitted.  Below is a copy-pasting of the content:

<SearchPlugin xmlns="" xmlns:os="">
<os:Description> search (no specific mirror)</os:Description>
<os:Image width="16" height="16">data:image/x-icon;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABAAAAAQCAMAAAAoLQ9TAAAAAXNSR0IArs4c6QAAAihQTFRFtw8P
<os:Url type="text/html" method="POST" template="">
  <os:Param name="cat" value="web"/>
  <os:Param name="query" value="{searchTerms}"/>
</os:Url><os:Url type="application/opensearchdescription+xml" method="GET" template="" rel="self">

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It looks like "cat" and "query" are there but nothing else.


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