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How to reduce a google search URL to an anonymized version

Web Applications Asked by jxramos on October 22, 2020

If I enter a search term in DuckDuckGo I get a pretty simple url and query string

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=python+tips&atb=v1-1&ia=videos&iax=web

duck duck go search results

If I do the same in google I get a boatload of query string bloat, which I’ve anonymized with characters X, Y, Z, and K.

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX&source=hp&ei=YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY&q=python+tips&oq=python+tips&gs_lcp=ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ&sclient=psy-ab&ved=KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK&uact=5

google search results

  • If I just pasted a search result url generated by google would that leak individual details that are not anonymmous?
  • Is there some subset of query string pairs that would make a functional sharable search url like duck duck go’s? (which is still functional even after chopping off the last key value pairs: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=python+tips)

One Answer

From what I understand, as your browser, you must be using Google Chrome.

Please follow these steps to create a custom engine for Google Chrome

  1. On your address bar, type chrome://settings/searchEngines
  2. Click on the Add button. A pop-up will appear.
  3. Choose a name for your custom engine
  4. Assign any keyword as in =sometext
  5. In the URL field place:

{google:baseURL}search?q=%s&{google:RLZ}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:iOSSearchLanguage}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:contextualSearchVersion}ie={inputEncoding}

  1. Click on the Add button on the pop-up window

To keep your anonymity when using Google search, on the address bar, type your keyword, hit Space and type your search.

As an example, for python tips, the URL could be a basic:

https://www.google.com/search?q=python+tips&oq=python+tips&aqs=chrome..69i64j69i57.15663j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

How to create a custom search engine in Google Chrome

Correct answer by marikamitsos on October 22, 2020

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