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How do I get rid of StartPage : https://www.startpage.com when I search. Also no matter if I place 'Amazon' as not wanted it always appears.

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How do I get rid of StartPage : https://www.startpage.com when I search. Also no matter if I place 'Amazon' as not wanted it always appears.

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Clymet said

In the Mozilla/Firefox new tab search box my preferred search engine is Ixquick although I have options for others such as Wiki, Google, etc. Certainly not Amazon.

Ixquick consolidated with StartPage several years ago --

https://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/18/ixquick-merges-with-startpage-search-engine/

-- but maybe it was only changed in Europe recently?

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Please explain StartPage. What search engine are you using?

And where are you seeing Amazon?

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Dear sir, In the Mozilla/Firefox new tab search box my preferred search engine is Ixquick although I have options for others such as Wiki, Google, etc. Certainly not Amazon. I type in my search criteria and wait as is usual, before the results come down. However the page that comes is titled as StartPage.com with an URL as Startpage.com - The world's most private search engine


Startpage.com - The world's most private search engine

Startpage.com delivers online tools that help you to stay in control of your personal information and protect yo... I have no idea where this came from or how it got onto my machine. Virtually every search I make the first option is from Amazon and never anything whatsoever about the search item. It is so irritating. Advanced search option offer words you do not want searched yet Amazon seems to be, actually is immune. It does however have an effect as it reinforces my hatred of this particular company. I do not want to pollute my machine with the name. Sorry for the rant but can you help? Regards Euan Dunsmore Mauchline Scotland

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Clymet said

In the Mozilla/Firefox new tab search box my preferred search engine is Ixquick although I have options for others such as Wiki, Google, etc. Certainly not Amazon.

Ixquick consolidated with StartPage several years ago --

https://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/18/ixquick-merges-with-startpage-search-engine/

-- but maybe it was only changed in Europe recently?

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In addition to the above :

"Startpage.com", (a Dutch company),   founded in 1998 as "Ixquick.com", was later rebranded to   "Startpage.com".

Also see :

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/04/02/search-engine-ixquick-eu-redirects-to-startpage-com/

And  :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Startpage.com

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Dear jscher, Many thanks indeed. I changed preferred search to Google and all is OK. But I may use Ixquick /StartPage for generalities. Regards Euan

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Many thanks to all. It must have updated and I missed any notice. Now I understand and can probably work with it. Regards and have lots of fun at Christmas. Euan