Search Tools

All the Web
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
“Starting on April 4, 2011, will redirect to Yahoo! Search at Thanks for your understanding”.
Anchor Link AltaVista
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
“Our Internet Search provides integrated search results, offering users immediate access to the most relevant information including Web pages, multimedia files, up-to-the minute news, products and services, and a free language translation service with Babel Fish.”
Anchor Link Bing
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
“Bing! — here it is.
“We took a new approach to go beyond search to build what we call a decision engine. With a powerful set of intuitive tools on top of a world class search service, Bing will help you make smarter, faster decisions. We included features that deliver the best results, presented in a more organized way to simplify key tasks and help you make important decisions faster.
“And features like cashback, where we actually give you money back on great products, and Price Predictor, which actually tells you when to buy an airline ticket in order to help get you the best price — help you make smarter decisions, and put money back in your pocket.
“We sincerely hope that the next time you need to make an important decision, you’ll Bing and decide.”
Anchor Link Black Box Search
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
no IP, no tracking cookies, no logging – EVER!
“While the search engines give your IP and other info away, and Google loses its fight with the govt, don’t you think you should search by proxy?
“Black Box searches return proxied results, which (if you dont click on too much ad junk) will not create any tracking cookies on your machine, nor reveal your IP address when typing in the search. You can freely navigate the links for the result pages through our proxy. (Notice the blackbox link at the top of the page when you click on the next search results.) You can also use the search boxes on the results pages to quickly do another search.”
Anchor Link ChaCha
License: Free-Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
“ChaCha is available online and on your phone with information when you need it…any time, anywhere. Other services scan the Internet and return the thousands of pages that mathematically match your query. But, because our Guides are human, they can infer exactly what you need and provide the most relevant answers. Just try typing ‘last night’s Illinois college basketball game score’ in a regular search engine. You’ll get a lot of responses, but wouldn’t it be better to just get who won and the score? That’s the innovation ChaCha is bringing to the world — adding the ability to harness the power of the Internet and provide answers when you need them most. Try it now in any of three ways:
1. MOBILE SEARCH – Even laptops can’t always be everywhere, so ChaCha is there to help you get answers (or find the closest cup of coffee) when you’re on the go. Just text your question to 242242 and we’ll be there with the answer…OR
2. LIVE GUIDED SEARCH – Not finding what you need with a search engine? Get a ChaCha Guide — a real person who asks you questions, understands exactly what you want, and sends you results that are dead-on. The brainpower behind ChaCha…OR
3. INSTANT SEARCH – Just like all those other search engines… only better. Because ChaCha keeps getting smarter. Our search experts are constantly handpicking cool, hard-to-find sites so you get only the best, most relevant results.”
Anchor Link Copernic Desktop Search
License: Free for home use Last Reviewed: 2013-02-05
Version: 3.7.0 – Released: 2013-01-30 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 9.6 MB
“CDS brings the power of a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use search engine right to your PC and allows you instantly to search files, e-mails, and email attachments stored anywhere on your PC hard drive. It executes sub-second searching of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Acrobat PDFs, and all popular music, picture and video formats. CDS also searches your browser history, favorites, and contacts.”
Anchor Link Desktop Search Tools
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
Last update: 2010-10-01
A comparison matrix of desktop search tools.
Anchor Link Dogpile Toolbar
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2009-05-23
Windows: 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista
Requires: IE 5.5 or later
“Dogpile Toolbar searches many popular search engines including: Ask Jeeves, Google, and Yahoo and tells you which engines found a given result. It provides pop-up blocking; a variety of focused searches, including weather and phone numbers; and a news ticker that can display headlines from many sources. And you can right-click to search on any word from a Web page or Microsoft Word document.”
Anchor Link GRC Site Search
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
Site last updated: 2009-12-02
“Here’s a rough and ready way to search the GRC web site using Google. There are three options (via 3 search boxes):
1. Searches all of web site¹, plus my No Regrets page, and Dutch’s GRC help pages (not his GRC News Gateway) at*.
2. Searches all of web site¹ excluding the Security Now! archives (because there is such a mass of varied info there, that its search results can tend – depending on the search terms – to overwhelm stuff Steve has done and written up, rather than talked about).
3. Searches only the Security Now! archives (because there is such a mass of varied info there … 😉
¹ Except areas blocked by robots.txt, like the (presently down) GRC News UI.
“No adverts, or scripting.”
Anchor Link Search Engine Colossus
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
“Search Engine Colossus offers you links to search engines from 313 countries and territories around the world! Conduct extensive web searches. Search the web using your choice of language. Locate your new favourite search engines. Make your own website submissions.”
Anchor Link SearchThisSite
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
Version: 0.35 – Released: 2012-05-17
“SearchThisSite is a Firefox extension designed to enable you to search the website that you are currently browsing with the website’s internal search engine. Firefox provides a way to search specific websites directly from the Firefox Location bar called Smart keywords. Based on this, the SearchThisSite searchbar works by determining the search field and the search URL for the page. Every website is designed differently and its search field, if any, positioned and accessible differently as well. If you use the SearchThisSite addon instead, you just access it quickly with your mouse (keyboard shortcut: ALT+Q for the power users) and enter/submit your query.”
Anchor Link Switchboard
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-05-26
“It’s the Yellow Pages. Electrified . Want to call the plumber you used in the next town over, but can’t remember the name of his business? Search here for ‘plumber’ by town name.”
Anchor Link U.S. Government Publications
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2009-05-23
“Welcome to the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)! The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on ‘Advanced Search’ for more options.
“The catalog offers you the option to find a nearby Federal Depository Library that has a particular publication or that can provide expert assistance in finding and using related U.S. government information. Click on the title of interest from your search results list. Then click on the Locate in a Library link within the displayed record.”
Anchor Link Wolfram|Alpha
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2009-11-13
“Making the World’s Knowledge Computable. Today’s Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. Enter your question or calculation and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer, based on a new kind of knowledge-based computing.
“Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.”
Anchor Link ZabaSearch
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2009-05-23
“The #1 People Search Engine. Find Out Why. Find Anyone for Free Below…
“ZabaSearch does not gather or generate information. ZabaSearch quickly accesses public information and displays what is available in the public domain. Many people assume ZabaSearch controls the information found in ZabaSearch results pages. However, ZabaSearch simply serves as a search engine in locating available public records and does not create the records found. Information typically makes it to the public domain via a wide variety of sources, including but not limited to: phone listings, court records, real property records, subscriptions etc. Sources vary state by state and region by region.”