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Kudos0

Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

My home page is Google.com's search. But Norton Safe Search is the default for a new window.  When I open a new window to search and use Norton Safe Search Engine, the results are spectacularly inappropriate.  I then go to HOME and do a Google Search and get what I want.  Since Norton Safe  checks websites for me, I can see that the results of my Google search are safe (or not,) but at least I get results that actually hone in on what I searched for.  The Norton Safe Search engine give me upteen ad sites, then some generic national sites related to some words in my search, but almost NEVER the actual business or topic that I'm searching for.  What a waste of energy.  Why tout your own engine when it is so bad?  I will leave Norton Safe Search on because I do want Norton to evaluate the sites that result from a search, but the Norton Search Engine itself is a disaster.  I'll use Google Search, and let Norton evaluate the results.

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Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

Well, it is "powered by Ask". 

Windows 10 x64 1903
Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

This is soooo bad.  Here's a simple example.  Search text: Wanamaker's Hardware Arlington MA

Norton gives me a lot of generic True Value sites, then Shattuck's which is a hardware store in Arlington, but not Wanamaker's..   Then a whole page of inappropriate sites.  Damn-it.  All I want to know is: Are they still open so I can run down there now?

Google search for the same thing.  The first item is the TrueValue/Wanamaker's in Arlington Ma site.  To the right of the list of results is a capsule of their exact site with a link to Wanamaker's Home Website.  Duh!  This is exactly what I wanted.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

Hello nangd

You don't have to use Safe Search. You can change your default Search Engine to Google. I have had Google as my default Search Engine for many years. You still get the Safe Web Annotations in Google. I  know in IE, you can go to Manage Add-Ons> Search and pick some search engines. If you can't make it your default engine, then just go to Google and forget about Ask Search which made this Safe Search.

Thanks.

Success always occurs in private and failure in full view. Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Norton Core Security Plus 22.18.0.213 Core Firmware 282 I E 11 Chrome latest version.
Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

Yes, there safe search is the worst.  Why they would go with Ask.com is beyond my understanding.  They should use Google, unless Google isn't allowing them to use them.  I gave up on the safe search homepage as it was useless.  Maybe someday they will change it, but it has been that way for a while, so I am not holding my breathe.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

I have found ALL alternatives to Google to be sadly wanting.  I always default to Google to get appropriate and relevant results.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

You can turn OFF safe search and it has no affect on Google or other search products.

What you want is Safe Web turned on.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

Thanks, everyone, for replies.  Particularly Floplot and Phoneman.  Phoneman, I didn't know where that setting was.  I was searching Google Chrome browser extensions and not finding a way to keep Norton checking my search results but not doing the search.  Thanks, I turned off the Norton Safe Search extension and made sure the Norton Safe Web setting in my Norton was ON.

Thanks, all!  Happy now.  Google search is so good at taking my exact text and finding appropriate sites. :)

Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

Hello nangd

Glad to see we have a Happy Camper now !

Thanks.

Success always occurs in private and failure in full view. Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Norton Core Security Plus 22.18.0.213 Core Firmware 282 I E 11 Chrome latest version.
Kudos0

Re: Norton Safe Search stinks as a search engine

Glad to Help.

Merry Christmas,

Jim

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