Avoid using Google. A simpler solution Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I would try using a search engine that does not add on all the redict, click-through, and other ad-based trackers, and monetizers that Google dumps on you when all you want is the original URL of a webpage.

I wouled reserve Google for obscure listings that cannot be found on any other search engine AND then run Google in a Private Window with AdBlocker active.

Some suggested alternatives are Zeekly, DuckDuckGo (HTTPS and SSL), DuckDuckGoLite (SSL), and IXQUICK. The are others but I've not had a chance to try them out.

BUT, beware of any search engines that have Google lurking underneath it. If you can get a copy of its source code, or ask the developer, that would help to answer this question.

What I may hate more than the all the garbage Google attaches to your searches is how its placement of results is totally manipulated by purchased adwords and SEO routines that are designed to cluster all the biased results together on the first two to five pages.

OR, even better, INSERT your search term into a listing that has absolutely nothing to do with what you want to find!

ALSO, all of the Left-Wing liberal sites are always listed first - and REPEATEDLY SO - to where I recomment to all my non-Liberal friends and family to use whatwever means possible to block the left-wing news sites, such as entering them in every BlackList option that comes with an add-on, or even are a part of the Browser's internal security settinbs.

Any add-ons available (including this one or others like it) that seek to remove all the irrelevant nonsense that Google, et al. dump on your screen should be supported, whether or not you use them. Somewhere, I will make what I wrote into a short article and submit it to widely read publications.

Additionally, I would make "liberal" use of the minus sign "-" which excludes results that have the unwanted term in them that follows the minus sign...like -Salon -Huffingtonpost -TPM -Politico -NYT -"New York Times" and also the lying, delusional Mainstream Media: -CBS -NBC -ABC -CNN. You can also add -PBS -BBC to that list.

Nothing is more annoying than doing a search on Google (AND Yahoo) and get the first two pages filled with multiple results from the same two most listed left-wing rags out there: HuffingtonPost and Salon. Politico is also a frequently-listed liberal source, and you may want to read what they write to know what's being fed to the low-information voters in America.

So, I applaud every developer who makes an add-on or app to combat the redirect, revenue-making, liberal pandering crud that gets dumped in your search results.

Now, if someone were to come out with a search engine that strips away the leftwing bias of Google and Yahoo - sort of a reverse SEO routine - now THAT would worth ten stars!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Best for Firefox, Cyberfox_64

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Quicker browsing! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works really well.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm with SpankyPants, it works great and got rid of the headaches of dealing with Google Image's redirecting. Not sure why the previous posters say it does not work - sounds like a conflicting issue on their end with another extension if it really isn't working for them. Even if that is the case, it works fine for me even with several other Google related extensions I have installed (along with over 40 other extensions).

Thanks for this add-on, Matagus.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Google images was driving me nuts with this crap.

Add-on works perfect so far. (firefox 36 beta)

Thank you :)

Does not work, pity :( Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Pity, but it does not work. There was one personal test which stripped the redirect. But I could not reproduce this anymore (restarts, disable, enable did not the job).

Does not works Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I installed and tested today (04 JAN 2015):
The google redirect links on the search results still are there and fully operational. The addon is not working.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I can't tell if the browser really does not use Google's redirection, but I do can tell that the copied link is still the redirection version. How can I copy the original link to clipboard?
After installing this the copied link is still the redirection one, (with "google.com" prefix).

some what faster than before but does not justify its name Rated 3 out of 5 stars

it really does not fix redirecting . To check it yourself copy and paste the link . It just hides redirecting link and when redirecting is finished real webpage is shown .That is why you cannot download pdf directly using save as option.

Works as intended except when right-clicking to save pages Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for creating this addon.

Works as intended except when right-clicking to save pages (PDF's etc.) .
The following error dialog opens:

"The download cannot be saved because an unknown error occurred. Please try again."

Exactly what it says on the tin. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Not only does this fix links on the main search page, it also fixes those rage-inducing image search redirect notices -- which were my main reason for trying it. Thanks!

Regarding zeroxia's question: I have also noticed that copying the link location gives you the redirect URL -- but I'm pretty sure that clicking on the link uses the direct URL.

If you look at the page source, it looks like the href property of the a element is rewritten by the extension, but there is additionally a data-cthref property which is not rewritten. I'm not sure why copying the URL would pick up this property and not the href. Perhaps the extension should rewrite this property as well?

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Makes using Google a lot faster!

Great extension Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very useful, and works perfectly :D

link not change color after visited Rated 5 out of 5 stars

great Add-ons
but link not change color after visited.
please add this feature

Absolutely perfect Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This does exactly what it says it does. Gone are the days of wading thru obfuscated google result URLs. This add-on should be part of any users Firefox. Many thanks for this add-on.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was sure this thing is done by someone else and yes, I found it! works flawlessly.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Having to rewrite Google's redirect URLs to get physical paths to papers was really annoying -- this extension is a life saver! Thank you.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Says what it does and does what it says. That's a 5 star extension in my book.

Just what I needed Rated 5 out of 5 stars

... minimizing respons times when using Google search results. As far as I see it works as expected - Also 'but's in previous reviews seems to have been fixed (fx Google image views).