What is your daily search engine?

Right now I use Searx as my main and DuckDuckGo as a backup in case my main engine fails me. I can’t recommend Startpage to anyone since, despite being privacy-respecting, uses only results from Google, so it cannot do anything to prevent censorship.

Use metasearch engines that aggregate results from multiple engines such as Bing, Yandex, Wikipedia, etc. Don’t rely on a search engine that gets it’s results form only one engine (such as Google or Bing).

YaCy is a good alternative to Searx which makes it even harder to censor the web. MetaGer and Ecosia only use Bing results (MetaGer also uses another search engine but it’s pretty bad and can be disabled). Jive Search is still new but has a lot of potential. SwissCows (the most private search engine that somehow didn’t meet privacytools.io criteria) would be good if it didn’t filter swear words.

Then there’s Mojeek. Actually, they updated their privacy policy recently and removed the “we track pedophiles” exception, but I still don’t trust them. SwissCows not being allowed yet Mojeek somehow being worth a mention is just laughable.


I use duckduckgo with custom settings, I use post requests instead if get requests. I would consider using Searx, if they decided to add an exception header. To avoid the recaptcha that gives a query error.

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What kind of sites did you block? Please paste the hosts file.

I personally only use searx tor services. Some instances sadly have Google as one of their search engines which causes some bugs (due to Google searx hostility) but luckily some instances use Startpage instead of Google to get results which fixes those problems, those are the only instances I use.

In general I usually use Startpage, but I try to run my own Yacy instance when I can.

Yacy can be found here:


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StartPage’s future as our recommendation seems a bit unclear, but I am not up-to-date on what has been talked about it in the last few days or if there are conclusions to either direction.

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Thanks will take a look, as I just had a specific issue related to Startpage.


Why not just say “look it up” or “search for it”?

For anyone else interested in an alternative to these main sites, check out https://infinitysearch.ai/. It is another search engine that doesn’t track its users and has a newer design and feel to it compared to the current search engines. Obviously we are promoting our own product here but go and take a look for yourself if you’re interested in something new.


Any plans on going open source?

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Yes, we are currently planning on gradually making the service open source.


Nice, good to hear!

I still use Startpage, despite the fact they our now owned by not so privacy friendly company. Tried Qwant, but results are not so good. DDG is also fine for me

I use StartPage, Qwant and DuckDuckGo through SearX, but most of the time I see that only DuckDuckGo works.

Half year ago DDG.

Big fan of startpage, but moved to qwant after all the fuss. Discovered qwant sucks and now using ddg. Not as good as startpage, but better than qwant, but I can’t seem to be able to add it to Bromite. Any suggestions? I visited searx.me a lot but it still isn’t visible in the ‘visited earlier’ selection menu.

Edit: searx seems to be favoring ddg, even though I have other search engines selected. Is there an advantage to using ddg over search?

I used StartPage until it was sold.
I now use Duck Duck Go and searx (PrivacyTools)

I use DDG, unless I can’t get a result I’m looking for then I’ll use g! to get Google results.

Stopped using SP after the change in ownership.

Currently back to Google, need to switch to DDG, but I never liked their results.

FWIW, even when I had SP set as default, I used Google about 50% of the time for more in-depth or technical queries.

Apparently I have also moved to DuckDuckGo where I can have a black background, while the climate change still worries me.

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