Posts Tagged ‘search engine’

Make any Search Engine the Default on Windows 10

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Apparently, the procedure for selecting the default search engine has changed slightly in Windows 10.

The following guide describes how you can make any search engine the default when you are running searches on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. If you have used Windows 10 before you know that search is powered by Cortana in the operating system, and that Microsoft has added web search to desktop search which returns web results or suggestions depending on the query.


Microsoft Enables Settings Protection in Internet Explorer 11

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s unfortunate that the settings protection feature is only available to Windows 10 users, and it’s also hard to understand why all browsers didn’t add this feature years ago.

Microsoft enabled a new protective feature in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 recently that it introduced for its Microsoft Edge web browser back in November 2015. The security feature has been designed to prevent third-party software from changing the browser’s homepage or default search engine. Search is a lucrative business and it is no coincidence that companies try to push adware or third-party tools to user systems to modify search providers.


DuckDuckGo, Startpage and Ixquick Search Engines are Doing Well

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Apparently, 2015 was a banner year for some of the lesser-known search engines …

The search engines DuckDuckGo, Startpage and Ixquick are doing better than ever according to statistics released by DuckDuckgo and Surfboard Holding BV. DuckDuckGo traffic climbed from an average of 7.1 million daily direct searches to more than 11.2 million daily searches in year’s time, and Startpage/Ixquick too reported an all-time high on November 30, 2015 when daily searches crossed the 6 million mark for the first time.


Ask Toolbar Now Classified as a Threat by Microsoft

Monday, June 15th, 2015

In addition to being a notoriously annoying add-on, the Ask toolbar has now achieved security threat status.

If you are a tech-savvy user, you have probably helped more than one friend or family member remove various toolbars, viruses and other unwanted contents from machines running a version of Windows. If you are not, you may have been affected by those by yourself trying to find ways and methods to get rid of them again. One of the most notorious toolbars is the Ask Toolbar which up to this day is bundled with Java downloads for Windows and Macintosh systems.


Why Search Engines are as Bad as Download Sites when it Comes to Freeware

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Although a lot of this goes without saying, it’s still good to keep in mind if you don’t want to be plagued with unwanted search bars, useless anti-virus programs and other annoying adware.

There are many free programs out there on the Internet that are great: Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC Media Player, CCleaner, Revo Uninstaller, QuietRSS, WinSCP or KeePass are just some examples of programs that you can download and use for free. While it should be pretty straightforward to download these programs, it’s often not the case. Sure, if you know the url they are offered on then you go there and download them, but if you don’t, you have to use search engines or visit a download site to get them.


The Next Firefox Default Search Engine: Yahoo Search and Others

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Hopefully, this move will be helpful to both Mozilla and Yahoo; Yahoo’s share of the search engine market definitely isn’t what it used to be.

Google Search has been the default search engine of the browser for the past years with Google paying Mozilla money for that privilege. While Mozilla put the money from the deal to good use, it made it dependent on that money at the same time.


How Google is Tracking You … and How to Avoid It

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This explains why your Facebook page suddenly becomes clogged with ads for vacuum cleaners every time you Google the phrase “vacuum cleaner” … but I’m not quite convinced that there’s very much we can do to change that phenomenon.

Tracking is an essential part of online advertising. The more advertising companies know about users who visit web pages and services they display ads on, the better targeted advertisements can be displayed to those users. When it comes to tracking, Google is without doubt the uncrowned king of it based on the popularity of some of its services and the sheer number of other services that are widely used.


You Can Now Create QR Codes on

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I already knew that Duckduckgo was an incredibly versatile search engine, with many interesting capabilities … but I didn’t know that you could use the site to create those annoying QR codes that seem to show up in about every other advertisement these days.

So called QR Codes can be really useful to mobile users. Say, you want to open a web address on your mobile phone that is displayed on your desktop PC currently. While you could type the address into the mobile phone’s browser app, you could alternatively create a QR Code that represents it. Once created, you scan it to transfer the information that it contains to your phone, all without having to type on your phone.


Startpage and Ixquick Search Engines Improve User Privacy Further

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

When it comes to search engines, the more alternatives that are available, the better …

Search engines like DuckDuckGo, Startpage or Ixquick have seen a surge in visitors ever since the PRISM story broke on the Internet. The search engine DuckDuckGo nearly tripledĀ  its daily requests and broke the four million request mark a couple of days ago for the first time in history. It is interesting to note that Startpage’s traffic nearly doubled as well in the past three months.


Microsoft: AV-Test Study that Bing Serves 5x More Malware is Inaccurate

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I’d really like to take this explanation seriously, but it’s kind of hard to overlook the fact that Microsoft has a horse in this race …

The German IT-Security institute AV-Test published the results of a test study earlier this month that analyzed search engine malware delivery. The company used a sample size of more than 40 million websites delivered as search engine results over the course of an 18 month period. One of the conclusions of the study was that Bing delivered five times as many websites containing malware as Google did while Russian-based Yandex delivered ten times as many as Google Search.