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Great search tool ... necessary based on the current state of electronic intrusion ...
really need privacy these perilous times adversary is regent and relentless
Not as software complete for Firefox as other search engine add-ons. As one reviewer noted, the easy switch to another search engineer appears as if it's gone. In other words, looking at the HTML source the "newtab-search-log" properties become 'hidden=""' when using ixquick. To return to another search engine, locate the search icon in the upper right of the Firefox browser (probably next the home icon). From there you can return to you old search engine by left-click and selecting "Manage search engines..." or just selecting the search engine you want.
The ixquick search site is okay. The best thing about it is the promise of privacy. But the add-on is less functional compared to the others, and that gives it an unpolished look and feel. Also, maps using ixquick are not as convenient as Google or Bing. Just my 2¢
Before doing anything you need to set this engin's parameters right for you. After that you will find out searching info works really great and it gets better and better when you discover the amount of searching power that can be unleashed when using the advanced search feature. Et voila: a full-blown search engin that doesn't build a profile around your every step! Before doing anything you need to set this engin's parameters right for you. After that you will find out searching info works really great and it gets better and better when you discover the amount of searching power that can be unleashed when using the advanced search feature. Et voila: a full-blown search engin that doesn't build a profile around your every step! Ixquick brings back a little bit of the fun the internet used to give us.
I'm amazed at the guy who whined about the "search Google for" in the right-click menu and zapped this excellent search tool with a 1-star. To get back the "search Google for" in your right-click menu, all you have to do is change your search box back to Google. In fact, the right-click menu is set at whatever your search box is set at. It ain't rocket science, buddy.
However, why you'd want the monopolistic NotEvil(TM) Google as your search engine is beyond me.
Resist The Gorg!
Ixquick is the best search engine because unlike The Gorg (Google), it doesn't track your behavior. It's not that I do things I don't want people to know about (as per the comment by Eric Schmidt, the douchey CEO of Google on December 3, 2009), but still....
completely removed the "search Google for " link from my right-click menu. I wouldn't have minded the additional link, but do not appreciate when a program does more than what it states.
The ONLY way I could uninstall it was to uninstall Firefox completely. Meaning I had to re-install all the previous add-ons I did like. (I considered uninstalling the add-on, but using the toolbar link instead, but Ixquick failed to respond to my request for assistance)
1 Star for both removing my google option and for the difficulty in removal.
I am in the early stages of using ixquick, but wanted to make some observations. First, if you are using this, I'd assume you believe in privacy. If so, I would suggest that you select the https version, not the http.
Ads, yes, their SITE has ads. So does Google. If you do a little reading on ixquick you will discover that while Google is busy compiling massive databases about your search activities and tying them back to you, ixquick does not. This means that Google makes a lot of money selling you to others, while ixquick gets all of its income from you clicking on ads.
Which do you prefer - being Google's chattle, or wading through a few more ads?
After all, we all have bills to pay - I'd even suggest clicking on the occasional ad to keep these folks in business.
As for search results, ixquick is a meta-engine. This means that it searches other search engines. Notably missing from the list is Google. The biggest name present is Yahoo. I'd love to see them have Google in the mix, but I assume that for some reason or another, they felt that wasn't an option. I've done some test searches for pretty off the wall stuff, and the results seem satisfactory. You always have the option to search with another engine if you don't find what you need, or, if you prefer, to use ixquick just for your more nefarious or embarrassing searches.
Overall, I would encourage everyone to use ixquick. While I am not a Google hater, I do think we need to support alternatives so that we don't end up with only one search engine in the world, with our every Internet activity being tracked on it. Try it. It may actually be fun to search wthout the Google-Monster peering over your shoulder !
I'm surprised nobody has reviewed this. I've been using it for years. It is a boolean "metasearch" engine. It searches the search engines. Still the best search engine out there.