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Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

I don't know if this makes any difference in this matter, but I'm using Norton 360 plus Lifelock Deluxe on an HP 280 G PC, Windows 10 Pro (latest version).  At various times, I use any one of several browsers -- Chrome, Edge, Firefox, & Brave. 

Recently I've gravitated to Brave for its emphasis on privacy.  For the same reason, I like DuckDuckGo.  If you wonder why I am so interested in privacy...well, I'm not paranoid (much), I'm not a criminal, I'm not a terrorist, I'm not a pedophile, and I'm certainly no drachendorf piffler.  I * just * flat * don't * like * commercial outfits collecting my info, my preferences, my affiliations, my life.  After reading what is collected and retained by Google and others, I started feeling like someone was looking over my shoulder every time I sat down at the computer.  And apparently, I'm not alone in that feeling.

So on my Brave browser, I set my search engine preference to DuckDuckGo.  However, Norton Safe Search overrides that setting, and uses Yahoo!'s search engine by default.  If I want to use DuckDuckGo, I have to open the DDG website and commence a search from there.  That's a pain.

Isn't there a way to tell Norton to knock it off?  I know that, in the fine print of the user agreement, it says it will use Yahoo or Ask, but there ought to be a way that we can politely tell Norton that they cannot force us to use these engines, which collect your data and track your browsing just like Google's search engine does.

Does anyone know how to override Norton's default selection of Yahoo's search engine, regardless of which browser I use?  I am not a power user, so if you DO know a solution, please lay it out for me in tiny baby steps.

Thanks -

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Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

Hello OffGrid9. Good seeing you again and we hope you are doing well, staying healthy!! As the search engine is hard coded into safe search it cannot be directly changes within the extension.You CAN set the default search engine within each individual browser per this Norton article. I'm not sure if this is the solution for you but the only one I can find at the present time. 

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Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

Just delete the Safe Search extension in your browser, and set the search engine in your browser as SoulAsylum notes above. You can still use the Safe Web extension (if it will install in the Brave browser) to help protect your browsing. And it may show the Safe Web check marks in search results.

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Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

It seems that now I have to use Safe Searches Yahoo search engine if I want the assurance of the  green checkmarks next to the list of search results. This seems new to me as previously I was able to use my preferred Google search in my Chrome browser and get the green checkmarks.

Is this something new? If so, I may have to look for a new product.

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Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

Norton Safe Search is designed to use Norton's chosen provider. If you want to use another provider, you can disable the Safe Search extension and choose your search provider in your browser's settings.

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Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

Thanks, SoulAsylum.  This was half the solution.  With PeterWeb's advice to remove the Safe Search browser extension, it worked.

As to my health (and my wife's) we are doing fine.  Both of us have diabetes, but we've learned to live with it.  We had a lot of damage to our off-grid canyon property -- a 200 square mile wildfire burned all of our land except the half-acre around our buildings.  We lost a truck, a UTV, a generator, a sawmill, and a bunch of lumber and firewood.  But we can start over, and much or the older timber will likely survive, so in a couple of years, it will look much as it did before.  I hope.

Kudos0

Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

Thanks, PeterWeb -- DuckDuckGo is now my default search engine.

Kudos0

Re: Can I force Norton Safe Search to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine?

You are welcome. Glad I could help.

Sorry to hear about your property losses. But you are safe. That is the main thing.

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