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Its fine for some who dont want to type and get their results. I can and know what I want to search. I dont like being told what I should be searching for. I know what I am searching for better than google.
I dont know if browsers support address bar searching. I only know Chrome does that. But it only uses google search for that and obviously so. I have not tried with Mozilla FF. If that works, well and good. But I still like to use search engine.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
Originally Posted by linuxlover.chaitanya
Its fine for some who dont want to type and get their results. I can and know what I want to search. I don't like being told what I should be searching for. I know what I am searching for better than google.
Flash block will stop it "reading your mind" and stop it from bringing up various search options while you are typing. It is how I stop it from doing it. I think it was Craigevil also suggested Adblock+ with Easylist. These are simple measures you can use to stop annoying features and also help block other things that may make pages load slower than you would like.
Installed FlashBlock and AdBlock Plus. But that does not stop google from suggesting me with auto completion. I think this is done using java script or jquery and I need to block google from running the JS.
Okay. NoScript add on at least blocks the auto completion and suggestion. I think this should solve the issue. Now I would like to look into the proxying the requests so that google does not my location and whereabouts.
I do use duckduckgo as my primary search engine but I am yet to make a complete transition from google (it has been part of net life for so long)
I'm in the same boat as you. I've switched to duckduckgo but the one thing I miss is Google images. if duckduckgo had an image search I'd never use Google again. I switched mainly because of privacy reasons, but I have a feeling the comfort I now have may just be pseudo-comfort because Firefox still shows other websights trying to track me and make profiles. it blocks them, but i think theres more that go unseen because the adds that show up on Facebook are strangely suited to me.
Maybe that link doesn't work correctly, if not:
Login to your google account
Upper right corner: Click on the arrow next to your picture
Click on "Account"
Last item on page: Click on "Visit the Search settings page."
Change settings to your likings
Click on the "Web History" link there, click on "Pause" and click on "Remove all history"
Paranoid mode: Do you trust google accepts your choices and doesn't secretly track you anyway?
Use duckduckgo or ixquick/startpage - I use both - I don't use google or any of their services or "products".
Making a google account just to disable the annoying tracking related stuff is a somewhat pointless exercise.