Solved Which search engine is best to use as default?

December 10, 2018 at 17:07:02
Specs: Windows 10
Is there a recommend search engine I should be using which is considered to be the least problematic? I recently asked the Microsoft community, "Why doesn't Bing remember my preferences". One of the responses I received from an advisor was, "As someone who spends a big part of every day doing searches I humbly suggest changing your search preferences in all browsers to Google for absolute best results." He talked about Bing coming with a lot of ads/spyware etc. He also made suggestions: "You can remove Bingware (classified as ad/spyware by many malware scanners) in Settings > Apps > Apps & Features. Guide here: http://www.myantispyware.com/2017/0... Then Run a full scan with the most powerful on-demand free scanner Malwarebytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-do...
Personally, I think he may be getting brownie points from Mawarebytes!
I would like to know Computing.net's opinion on this one before I make any changes.
Thank you in advance!

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#1
December 10, 2018 at 17:30:36
"Personally, I think he may be getting brownie points from Mawarebytes!" (sic)

Possibly...or he may be a Malwarebytes employee. Personally I use DuckDuckGo in Firefox. They at least claim to handle privacy better than Google and I've never hardly used Bing simply because I don't trust MS that much either.

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#2
December 10, 2018 at 17:42:10
Thank you for a quick response. Honestly, I 've never heard of them. I looked them up and they've only been around 10 years. Wouldn't that put them in to the "growing stage"? I'm not sure if I'd be betting the same results I'm used to with Bing. Are there issues with Bing that I should be concerned with that my adversely affect the performance of my laptop?

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December 10, 2018 at 18:07:24
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It's unlikely that any major search engine would adversely affect any performance of any machine; it's just the results that it yields and the information that it retains (i.e.---tracking) of the items you search for that you should be concerned about.

Yes, DuckDuckGo is a relative newcomer to the search engine world, but their results seem to be quite good for what I need and I'm more concerned with what they may keep than I am with harvesting all the data that I search for.

If you want to know more about search engine technology and development:

https://searchengineland.com/

but be advised, they tend to be a little "pro-Google" for my liking.

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#4
December 10, 2018 at 18:28:41
Dumb question, but why should I be concerned about a search engine tracking my searches. I'm not doing anything wrong. My searches are mundane, boring and legal.

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#5
December 10, 2018 at 21:31:51
I personally use Google.
I have had very good results with the free version of Malwarebytes. It is considered here as save and does not get annoying. Unfortunately, like most good free things, they try to promote their pay for versions. In the past it was very minor but now when you install the free version you actually get the free trial for the pay for version so you have to go into the settings and turn off the free trial. This also turns off the scanning in the background which is my preference anyway. I even turn off the automatic updates. I do however run it periodically (less than once a month), update it and scan with it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
December 11, 2018 at 01:10:51
firefox allows me to use google+bing+duckduckgo :)

If i had to choose just one, idd be google

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#7
December 11, 2018 at 04:13:27
All answers were 5 stars/Best Answer. Thanks to all!

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