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[–] [email protected] 47 points 1 month ago (1 children)
[–] Emptiness 19 points 1 month ago (6 children)

But instead use...?

[this is where you add your constructive options]

[–] astanix 11 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Kagi if your willing to pay

DDG if not

I just use Google and block everything.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

Kagi means "key" in Japanese. Just a random fun fact.

[–] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

DuckDuckGo on Firefox.

[–] teft 9 points 1 month ago

Duck duck go. I switched a year ago and haven’t missed google at all.

[–] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

Metasearch engines such as SearXNG.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

I'd recommend kagi or ddg like the other people, but brave search is also quite good, I like the fact it has a independent index

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

Ecosia search. For the trees. Think of the trees.

[–] [email protected] 31 points 1 month ago (3 children)

Custom search engines are limited to PC browsers only. Unfortunately, the mobile versions of these browsers will not let you set up a custom search, so you're stuck tapping on the Web view in all your mobile search queries.

someone hasn't heard of Firefox on Android.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Yes, it works on Firefox Android and Ios. So, that article is not 100% correct

[–] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago

Howtogeek is not exactly known for good journalism so it’s fine, I guess.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago (1 children)

At least in the EU, you xan easily change search engines on chrome on android.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

can you set a custom URL, which is required to do what the article is talking about, or do you just pick from the predefined list of search engines?

edit: just checked and nope, you can only pick from Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo and Ecosia.

[–] Wappen 0 points 1 month ago

You have to visit a different search engine. And while the tab is open it appears in the list of selectable search engines. At least that is how I set up searxng as my default se.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (2 children)

Are there any extensions that fix Google on the mobile version of FireFox? It doesn't have all the same extensions available on PC, where I do have one that fixes Google.

The "web" category thing the article talks about is not an actual fix.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

depends on what you mean by "fixing", I guess. I just resorted to not using Google at all, and use uBlacklist to filter out garbage websites from my search results.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

The most recent version now includes a lot more extensions, and I think you can get even more with the nightly build. If you really can't find what you need, try one of the Firefox forks, which often have even better extension support.

[–] [email protected] 16 points 1 month ago (2 children)

The quality of Google search results has been rapidly declining over the last few years. It's not really even worth using anymore.

[–] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago (1 children)

It's not so much that Google is declining, but the entire Internet. Google just hasn't figured out how to route around the damage.

Try adding "before:2023" to your searches to see what I mean.

[–] sfantu 1 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Lol ... no ... Google and all the others are filtering all the good things out !

[–] Badeendje 1 points 1 month ago (1 children)

They are incentivised to suggest sites with Google Ads in them.

[–] sfantu 1 points 1 month ago

Of course they are ... but that's only part of the censorship.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

Yeah. But, that workaround on the article improves a lot.

[–] ANIMATEK 7 points 1 month ago

I've been using Startpage for a long time, which is basically this + no tracking.

[–] Badeendje 6 points 1 month ago

Google should allow blacklists. The. A lot of sites will just be croudsourced to the round file.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Whoogle is the answer

[–] KISSmyOSFeddit -1 points 1 month ago

There's a much faster way. Just put this in your hosts file:

0.0.0.0    google.com