lsayre wrote:I never heard of Google Shopping until I read your post, but I will assuredly never use their service. I abandoned using the Google search engine about a year ago and settled on Startpage. Now all of the sudden Startpage says it is assisted by Google, so I need another search engine. Any Google free suggestions out there?
Startpage just forwards your search to Google. It strips out any personally identifiable bits and returns the Google results.
Startpage offers you Web search results from Google in complete privacy!
When you search with Startpage, we remove all identifying information from your query and submit it anonymously to Google ourselves. We get the results and return them to you in total privacy.
I use it myself.
If you want the "Google free" version, use www.ixquick.com
It's the same people that do Startpage, without the Google results. They are basically the same but Startpage generally returns more results. But, I have found things using Ixquick that didn't immediately come up on Google.
Neither Startpage nor Ixquick have a "Shopping" function if that's important to anyone.
And, from what I understand, this is a bit of an internet hoax anyway as I know people that have used Google Shopping to look for ammo with no trouble at all. I haven't done it myself so YMMV.