OT Excluding Google in search results?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by John Doe, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    Does anybody know how to exclude "google.com" in Google search
    results? Somehow I doubt it, but it needs doing here.
     
    John Doe, Nov 7, 2011
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    John Doe Guest

     
    John Doe, Nov 7, 2011
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  3. John Doe

    Joerg Guest


    Use another search engine. After someone mentioned it here in the group
    I am now using this one instead and it is IMHO much better, at least for
    engineering stuff:

    https://duckduckgo.com/html/
     
    Joerg, Nov 7, 2011
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  4. John Doe

    hp Guest


    Another advantage to using duckduck is that they claim they Do No
    Tracking metrics on anyone searching, AND they claim they dont store
    search histories.
    Whereas with Google, marketing dynamics are Important to them so they
    track and store Lots More Then Some Folks like.
     
    hp, Nov 8, 2011
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  5. John Doe

    Joerg Guest


    I am not too concerned about tracking but lately Google has produced way
    too many results that appear to be more commercially motivated. Maybe
    that seach engine has run its course, at least for me. It was good while
    it lasted but now I've pretty much abandoned it.

    What I still use it for is maps. But I found that the print-out has
    become mediocre. Can't see streets well anymore, the two lines don't
    print right. If anyone knows a better map search engine that would be nice.
     
    Joerg, Nov 8, 2011
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  6. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    That mentions the "annoying affiliate links". FWIW... I recall
    that being mentioned in a congressional hearing televised on
    C-SPAN recently. You can find the Google search hearing(s) on
    C-SPAN's website, if interested.
     
    John Doe, Nov 8, 2011
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  7. John Doe

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <4eb81b47$0$3415$c3e8da3$> someone
    -site:google.com will exclude google.com. Rinse and repeat for other
    Google properties.

    "-site:google.com mail" (for example) lists Yahoo! Mail, Home | Mail
    Online, mail.com, hotmail.com, AOL Webmail and others without any
    mention of Gmail.
     
    DevilsPGD, Nov 8, 2011
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  8. I used to use Altavista, mainly because of its ability to include or exclude entire websites or
    high-level domains. For example, I can force returns on only websites in Iran with [+domain:ir] .

    This is especially useful when researching current events, as you can exclude national domains
    which will are likely to offer only officially sanitized versions of events. Or you might
    actually want to see the official propaganda, or harvest e-mail addresses from a particular
    domain. (I mentioned Iran, since I like to harvest Iranian e-mail addresses to send subversive
    spam to.)

    There really should be a browser plug-in to filter websites by national domain. With few
    exceptions, I have never found any information of value on Russian or Chinese websites, and I
    contracted the worst computer virus ever from a Russian website. Articles that may be truthful
    are likely to be repeated on other countries' websites, so filtering Russian websites does not
    have any effect.
     
    Dänk 42Ø, Nov 8, 2011
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  9. Google is really starting to get to me. It's now a 'secure' site,
    htpps:// and asks all the time if I only want to see results from
    secure sites.

    George H.
     
    George Herold, Nov 8, 2011
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  10. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    That appears to be the concise answer, thanks.

    Now... Does anybody know how to put that in a URL so that it comes
    up properly on Google's advanced search page?

    How do you put that (-site:google.com) into a URL that will take
    you to the advanced search page with that criteria ready to go?
    I can get to the search page, but it doesn't use that
    (-site:google.com) criteria. I suspect that is evidenced by the
    fact that the URL criteria is not automatically listed in any
    advanced search page box when you get back there. Having that code
    (-site:google.com) somehow fit into the "site/domain" box is
    probably the first sign of success, if possible.

    Again... You can use the search results example URL, but it does
    not work as a start page.

    http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q-site:google.com

    That takes me back to the start page, but it does not use the URL
    criteria in the new search results.

    Here is an example URL that plugs stuff into the advanced search page.

    http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=-wiki&hl=en&num=100

    BTW... You might have trouble with the number of search results
    100 if you do not know how to automatically reset that number,
    since Google stubbornly changes it back to 10.
    --
     
    John Doe, Nov 8, 2011
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    Joerg Guest

    Along with some other sites that you don't want to see?

    Try other search engines, some are much better IMHO.
     
    Joerg, Nov 8, 2011
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  12. Arghhh! I have google set as my home page. I was just trying to
    remove it and make duckduck the home page. I can't get rid of
    google. (It's like a bad dream!) I'm using IE as a browser. When I
    go to the option to set home page to the default. (Some MSN thing.)
    It still goes back to google!

    George H.
     
    George Herold, Nov 8, 2011
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  13. John Doe

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    I'm still using Google's very old Advanced Search format. I do this by
    saving a local copy of the old AS page on my hard drive, and then
    editing its URLs to point to Google.

    You could do the same for the current AS page, but you would add
    "-site:google.com" in place of the blank text field, as follows:

    <label>all these words:</label></td><td class=input><div
    class=inputwrapper><input class=box type=text value="-site:google.com"
    name=as_q style="width:100%">
    I allow Google to store my preferences (25 results) in a cookie.

    - Franc Zabkar
     
    Franc Zabkar, Nov 8, 2011
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  14. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    How is that supposed to be used? Is it part of a URL? Part of some
    HTML code?
    --
     
    John Doe, Nov 8, 2011
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  15. John Doe

    Joerg Guest

    Assuming it's not a Google "tool bar" or something, run a virus scanner
    and a rootkit scanner. That sounds suspicious. Also, look at all the
    plug-ins. Lots of them may have been installed without your consent.

    I'd ditch IE and move to something like Firefox. Set privacy settings
    and options rather high. If a web site won't properly display without
    allowing dangerous scripts then it usually isn't worth looking at in the
    first place.
     
    Joerg, Nov 8, 2011
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  16. John Doe

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    Save the Advanced Search HTML page on your hard drive. Then edit the
    HTML code as shown. Create a bookmark that links to the file on your
    HDD and use it in preference to the original page.

    Here is my first attempt. Save it on your HDD and try it:
    http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/temp/NoGoogle_Advanced_Search.htm

    I've partially edited Google's page, but I'm not good with HTML, so
    hopefully someone could tidy it up for you.

    - Franc Zabkar
     
    Franc Zabkar, Nov 8, 2011
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  17. Thanks Joerg, It looks like it's something wrong with IE. The
    secretary can't change her home page either. I'm willing to bet that
    the microsoft solution will involve upgrading some old piece of
    software. Why do computer issues seem like such a time sink? I learn
    something and five years later it's different. No ones changing the
    charge of an electron.

    George H.
     
    George Herold, Nov 9, 2011
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  18. Ahh, that could be! I'll ask,

    Thanks (maybe)
    George
     
    George Herold, Nov 9, 2011
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  19. John Doe

    PeterC Guest

    I've used Yahoo for several years' partly because of avoiding Google and
    partly because, with 2 key strokes, I can drop into the unwanted box:
    ---------------------------
    ebay "compare prices" compare amazon bizrate kelkoo dooyoo pricerunner
    shopzilla nextag shoppingcentre freebytes medusa teloos "192.com" "shop.com"
    betterdeals "ec21.com" "price comparison" pricemate "ciao.com" kellysearch
    fastfinders choiceful shopwiki
    -----------------------------------

    whereas Google severely truncates that.
    Recently Yahoo took to giving weird results, increasing the hits if UK was
    invoked/exclusions added(!) and changed its images fortmat to be like
    Googles but wouldn't go beyond the first page.
    I changed to Google for images but, as has been said, my default of 20 hits
    became 10 for any other format.

    It's all very annoying as I've had my own urls for ages, with all of my
    preferences in and no cookies required - now it's all broken!
     
    PeterC, Nov 9, 2011
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  20. John Doe

    PeterC Guest

    In Firefox (back-up only) I've Adblock and Ghostery; in Opera, Ghostery and
    the various urlfilters, then a Hosts file of nearly 250k lines and /still/
    the bastards get through!
     
    PeterC, Nov 9, 2011
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