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Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby am018uk on Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:08 am

After numerous attempts at removing any reference to DuckDuckGo and Yahoo in Firefox using about:config I am only partly rid of this search pest, NowI have resorted to using the Blocksite Firefox addon to block DuckDuckGo.com but this is only partially successfull.
I just want plain vanilla Firefox with undistorted search results from search engines I trust ie not DuckDuckgo or Yahoo or Bing
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby HughT on Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:17 am

Hi am0 18uk,
do you mean to remove DDG from the search box which is to the right of the web address? If you click the little down arrow you'll see an option to "manage search engines".

I use DuckDuckGo as my default search engine and would be interested to know your reasons for distrusting it, and which engines you prefer. Thanks.
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby craigevil on Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:41 am

what search engine do you trust?
google tracks what you search and modifies your search results based on previous searches.While DuckDuckGo and Startpage do not.
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby am018uk on Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:10 pm

This is very serious issue for me ( http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/a ... _mint.html ) I have been a a Mint user since the low number versions generally upgrading ever second or third relaese but this issue with Mint 13 worries me, the previous Mint Search with its distorted search reslts was bad enough but the Duckduckgo "hijacker" makes me think it is time to jump ship and hunt through Distrowatch for an alternative in the interim I have an HD with an older version of Mint that I will swap in.
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby squeezy on Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Is this a troll post?

If you don't like DDG, don't use it.
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby zerozero on Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:48 pm

i have no idea what we are discussing here: the same search query in both engines: where did Muktware got those results :?:
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby bimsebasse on Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:19 pm

google tracks what you search and modifies your search results based on previous searches


Always puzzled when I see this as an argument against Google and for DDG it being the reason Google searches give more relevant results. I would very much like to use the duck and live in a world where you can say "did you duck it?" "I ducked it, it wasn't there", and I have forced myself to use DDG a while back for a fortnight or a half, but Google always have better search results, not often or most of the time, but always. In google it's you searching, in DDG it's Average World Person.

zerozero: it was the case when the article came out, I remember reading it and testing it at the time.
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby zerozero on Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:36 pm

bimsebasse wrote:zerozero: it was the case when the article came out, I remember reading it and testing it at the time.

well then something changed (and for better :D )
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby Habitual on Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:41 pm

squeezy wrote:Is this a troll post?...


If it looks like a DuckDuck...
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<SOLVED> Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby RealFuzion on Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:45 pm

I understand that some people would like to be able to change and choose what search engine is used in the address bar. I was able to change the search engine in the box on the right in Firefox but even though I changed it, it didn't change the way the address bar searched. After some research, I found that you can change it this way.

In the Mozilla Firefox address bar type
about:config
A warning message will come up saying
This might void your warranty
Click on
I'll be careful, I promise!
Keep in mind this is a configuration file for Firefox, so be careful with what you do, especially if you use a bunch of customizations and add-ons.

After you have successfully gained access to the configuration page you will need to scroll down to where is says keyword.URL In the Preference Name section you should see keyword.URL listed.

Double-click or right click the entry and select modify. A prompt for Enter String Value for keyword.url will appear. Pick out your Search Engine and enter the string value of whatever search engine you want to use in your address bar. Below I have listed a few popular options. It doesn't have to be one of these as you can use other search engines not listed. You just have to find out what the values the serch engine uses.

Google Web Search:

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http://www.google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=


Bing Web Search:

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http://www.bing.com/search?q=


Yahoo Web Search:

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http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=


Ask Web Search:

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http://www.ask.com/web?q=


Wikipedia (en) Search:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?fulltext=Search&search=



If you find that after you have changed the search engine and you would like Duck Duck Go put back on you can put this back by using this
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https://duckduckgo.com/?q=


I tried to find a way to change it using the preference option under the Edit menu but I couldn't find a spot for it. If there is another way to change I would be happy to know. Other wise the way listed above will work.

Happy address bar searching :mrgreen:

Sincerely, RealFuzion
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby Fandangio on Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:35 am

Thank you for the workaround.

I'm about to install Mint on a completely "new to Linux" users PC and I can honestly say that without this I would have chosen another distro.
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby xenopeek on Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:24 pm

Please use the following URLs for Yahoo Web Search and Duck Duck Go instead of those provided by RealFuzion. These are the URLs as preconfigured in Firefox on Linux Mint 13, and this will make the search engine provider share part of their revenue with the Linux Mint project :wink:

Yahoo Web Search:
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http://us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=sfp&fr2=&type=__alt__ddc_linuxmint_com&hspart=ddc&hsimp=yhs-linuxmint&iscqry=&p=

Duck Duck Go
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https://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo

Postby laudaka on Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:46 pm

Many thanks RealFuzion and Vincent Vermeulen for the solution to this issue of searching via the address bar with the search engine of my choice.

I'm a Linux Mint newbie and for the moment I'm trying to make everything as much as possible as it is in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid). Maybe I'll try some typical Linux Mint features later. To make up for the lost revenue of me not using the Duck Duck Go search engine I've made a donation of 10 dollars. :wink:

P.S. Can someone add [SOLVED] to the subject of the first post in this topic?
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby Hammer459 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:45 am

There is a folder somewhere under "Mozilla Firefox" that is named searchPlugins. This folder seems to move between versions of FireFox, presumably to make it harder to remove them... Remove all xml files there and restart the browser... TaDaa, no more DDG or others :shock: :twisted:
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby newbi462 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:53 am

This seams to be locked in here when I try and use the changes to the setting in Fire fox outlined here it breaks the address bar search.... so they have done somthing... if it cant be fixed i wont be using MINT DUCKTAIL is a horable search kind of just breaks the whole OS to be locked in to it
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby eMcE on Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:34 pm

@up..
In "about:config" type "keyword.URL" (without quotes) and use this string:
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https://www.google.com/search?q=

And next, change your FF default search engine to google.
For me this works ok. No more Duck_crap in FF :D
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Re: Getting completely rid of DuckDuckgo HELP !

Postby Orbmiser on Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:25 pm

And for more relevant search results of a timely manner in google.
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/search-engines.html?name=google+year

Of course have to be using the greasemonkey extension for Firefox or Chrome.
But installed the first one which gives results last year and is set as default in my firefox search box.
And just select manage search engines and move it to the top.

As searching many time sensitive linux solutions this helps a lot. And can always click on the clear on google search.
To give all results.
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