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Chapter 8. Searching Annoyances > GENERAL SEARCH ANNOYANCES

GENERAL SEARCH ANNOYANCES

WEED OUT SPONSORED SEARCH RESULTS

The Annoyance:

Call me an old fogey, but I remember the days when you used a search site and got back results based on relevance to your query. These days, the results are skewed—sponsors get top billing while everything else falls off the screen, and it's not always easy to tell sponsored results from really relevant results. How can I filter out these ads masquerading as search results?

The Fix:

Use the AdSubtract utility's Search Sanity feature. AdSubtract's main job is to block ads while you surf the Web, but its Search Sanity feature is even more useful—it eliminates annoying sponsored and paid results (see Figure 8-1) so that you only see pages that really match your search.


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