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Google Search to be removed from Pale Moon

Unread postby Moonchild » Thu, 11 Aug 2016, 11:00

Despite the general popularity of Google Search as an option in Pale Moon, we have been forced to make a hard decision to remove Google Search completely from anything in Pale Moon.

As a follow-up to the problems indicated in our previous announcement, Google's "Ad Traffic Quality Team" has decided to interpret their policies that are geared to preventing toolbars and external programs from changing user settings for home pages and similar as "you may not have a Google Search box on the default home page", basically trying to determine for us what our out-of-the-box-experience (OOBE) should be.

In lieu of giving Google control over our design choices, we are removing Google Search as an option entirely, both from the start page and from within the browser.

Solution if you want to use Google for searches: Use the DuckDuckGo search bar, and prefix your search with "!g" to redirect your search to Google.
Example:

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!g new furniture

will redirect the DDG search query to Google and you will get Google search results.

DDG has many shortcuts like that (called "bangs") that give you many options to redirect searches.
For more information about this, see: https://duckduckgo.com/bang

EDIT: The removal from the start portal has been put into effect. Removal of the in-browser Google Search will be done in Pale Moon 26.4 to be released soon.
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