There are many more good metasearch engines out there than the ones I listed below. The ones shown
below are the ones that I found to be the most useful.
Metasearch Engines with good privacy Etools.ch: gets results from 16 search engines with good privacy. Startpage.com: powerful private metasearch (10+ search engines). Duckduckgo.com:powerful private customized metasearch engine. Metasearch Engines without privacy Info.com: gets results from Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex. Dogpile.com: powerful old metasearch engine. Izito.com:gets results from 6 popular search engines. Metasearch Guide:article about metasearch engines. Metasearch Engines worthy of mention Qwant: Reasonable privacy, database of over 20 billion web pages. Searx: Open source code. Many public implementations. Results of 82+ engines. Home
Searching the Web
The best general way to search the visible web is through the use of a good metasearch engine like
Metasearch engines can provide a greater number of good results than single search engines because they are search data aggregators.
In addition to possibly using their own database they also use the databases of other search engines and aggregate the results in their
search result output. Metasearch engine popularity is falling as Google continues improves the quality of its search results.
A slower but more organized way to research a specific topic is to use a
You can also go to
sites (gateways or directories) with subject or topics indexes.
Invisible Web Resources
Information on the
is, by definition, invisible unless you know where and how to find it.
The amount of information on the invisible web is
of times larger than what's available on the visible web. Most
of it is not visible to single or metasearch engines
Non-encrypted parts of the invisible web are often accessed through sites having topic indexes pointing to specific
Encrypted Dark Web Resources
The dark web
refers to parts of the web that are invisible encrypted and sometimes used for
illegal activity. The "dark" web is only accessible via special software (ex. TOR, Freenet, I2P).
You can access the
using the links below. To be anonymous run your software through a good
non-anonymous gateway to TOR onion network. Ahmia:
search TOR's hidden services. Install TOR to use services. DeepWebLinks:
TOR accessible list of onion links. TOR:
install TOR to anonymously use the hidden onion network. TOR based Searches:
onion site search engines. Home
Best Question & Answer Question & Answer Engines:
provide expert answers to questions.
answer traditional as well as math and other questions. Answers:
provides Wiki style answers. Most popular Q&A site. Quora:
answers to many questions and topics but you must register. Stack
Exchange: expert answers but you must register.
Best Single Search Engines Google:
Search engine king.
market share of all search engines. Bing:
has a 2.8% market share of all search engines. Yahoo:
has a 1.7% market share of all search engines.
find things from the past via very large internet archive.
Links to over 300 Search Engines
As a former software engineer
I appreciate time saving tools. I found the above metasearch and search
links to be very helpful. I like search engines that offer good privacy,
get results from many sources, and offer different types of searchs (images, jobs etc.).
(Pic: Long ago I was at the Papago Park rec area by the Phoenix Zoo, AZ.)