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Alternate Search Engines

Here is a list of the top search engines on the internet.

Independent Search Engines

  1. Googlehttps://www.google.com/ The defacto champion. Tracks EVERYTHING and changes search results based on your search and location
  2. Bing https://www.bing.com/ from Microsoft – Changes results based on your search 
  3. Yahoo https://www.yahoo.com/ Microsoft Owned (but different than Bing) Changes results based on your search
  4. DuckDuckGohttps://duckduckgo.com/ Has it’s own independent search services including its own crawlers. 
  5. Metager https://metager.org/– is a decent German based independent search engine. Warning DO NOT GO TO METAGER DOT COM it appears to be malware or at least adware.
  6. Ask.com https://www.ask.com/ (was AskJeeves) – is an independent search engine, but appears to have the same prioritization of big pharma, politics etc. as Google.

All Search Services

Some of the following are just repackaged versions of the search engines noted above. One standout is SearX.info which allows you to pick which search engines to use.

  1. AOL.Com uses BING
  2. Ask.com (was AskJeeves).  It is an independent search engine.  It’s results prioritization are similar to google for big pharma, politics etc. 
  3. Bing is a Microsoft Search engine that is used by many other sites and search engines
  4. CC Search https://search.creativecommons.org/ – great for finding copyright free material search (not full search like google or Yahoo)
  5. Dogpile – AGGREGATOR – It provides results from other engine results
  6. DuckDuckGo – Has it’s own independent search services including its own crawlers.  *Recommended
  7. Ecosia – Based on  Bing (supports planting trees)
  8. Gibiru –  appears to be google without tracking
  9. Google – The defacto champion. Tracks EVERYTHING and changes search results based on your search and location.  They know everything about everyone.
  10. Infospace – AGGREGATOR- uses results from other search engines
  11. Metager – is a decent German based independent search engine 
  12. OneSearch – Associated with Yahoo
  13. Peekeir –  secure alternate search of Bing *Interesting
  14. Qwant –  secure alternate search of Bing *Interesting
  15. Search Encrypt –  appears to be google without tracking
  16. search.disconnect.me –  uses duckduckgo engine
  17. SearX.info – AGGREGATOR – A very interesting search tool that lets you PICK which search engine results you want to show from multiple engines.  Also the source code is PUBLIC, so you can make your own version.  Not an engine but more of a aggregator *Interesting
  18. StartPage –  uses google 
  19. Swisscows – (was Hulbee) is Bing driven  
  20. Teoma – Uses Ask.com – has had issues with hacking tools named the same
  21. Yahoo – Microsoft Owned (but different than Bing) Changes results based on your search
  22. Yandex – Russian * use at your own risk *NOT RECOMMENDED*

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