Saturday, January 31, 2009

Keep your Internet searches private with IXQUICK

THE SCOOP ON IXQUICK


What Makes Ixquick Special

Ixquick is the world's most powerful metasearch engine.

Ixquick search results are more comprehensive and more accurate. Ixquick's unique capabilities include a Universal Power Search, a global search and power refinement.

Find phone numbers and addresses worldwide with Ixquick's International Phone Directory, or search through 18 million hours of video fun with Ixquick's Video search.

Ixquick offers you Privacy!

Ixquick does NOT record your IP address!
Read more on our Privacy position or go directly to Ixquick's Privacy policy.

More comprehensive search results

Ixquick is a metasearch engine: when you search Ixquick, you are searching many popular search engines - anonymously - at the same time. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine covers.

More accurate results

An Ixquick result is awarded one star () for every search engine that chooses it as one of the ten best results for your search. So a five star () result means that five search engines agreed on the result.

This is significant because search engines choose results in different ways, and each approach works well in some cases and poorly in others. A result with many stars was chosen for many different reasons, and is a consensus choice of many search engines.

Also, while irrelevant Web pages can be "optimized" to fool a single search engine's algorithm, it is much harder for a page to fool all the search engines.

Universal power search

Professional researchers rely on power search methods such as Boolean logic, phrases, wildcards, and field searches.

But different search engines support different power search methods, and require the user to access them in different ways. Keeping track of these differences can be time-consuming and burdensome.

Ixquick solves this problem by understanding which power search methods each search engine supports, and how to access them.

At Ixquick, you can enter virtually any power search, using one simple syntax. Ixquick supports a wider range of power search methods than any one search engine has.

Ixquick then sends your query to only the search engines that can handle that specific search, translating it into the syntax that each search engine needs.

For easy power searching, experience Ixquicks Power Search homepage or Ixquicks Expert Search homepage by clicking on the Power Search link on the homepage.

Global Search

Ixquick searches the world:
  • Search in any of 18 languages - even Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In each language, Ixquick metasearches local and international search engines so you'll find exactly what you're searching for;
  • Find people and businesses worldwide with Ixquick's International Phone Directory. Want to know who's calling? With just the phone number, Ixquick's Reverse Directory search can tell you. Want to find more information about the person or business? Click on the name and a complete Web search will be performed;
  • Over 18 million hours of video content. Refine your search in any of the 6 special categories.

Power Refinement

With Ixquick's Exclude Results Seen Before feature, followup searches only show new results: Ixquick doesn't waste your time with results you've seen and rejected before. To see this in action, edit your search on the bottom of a results page and press Search.
Use Ixquick's Result Honing to pinpoint the results that you want: Notice the check mark () and X mark () that appear near some results. If a result is especially good, click on to find results that are similar, and if a result is not what you are looking for, click the X to remove results that are like it.
This principle is also called Subject Clustering.

Search from Anywhere

With the Ixquick Toolbar and the Ixquick Deskbar, Ixquick's powerful search features are available from anywhere on or off the Web. The toolbar's Search This Site feature makes tracking down information on a specific website a breeze.
With the Ixquick toolbar, you can instantly metasearch the Web, find pictures, look up phone numbers and addresses worldwide, even find out who called with just a phone number, no matter which site you're surfing.
The toolbar offers handy extras too: it lets you search through any website and its magnification buttons let you enlarge or reduce any webpage to make it more readable. And for fun, you can spice up your emails with smileys: choose from hundreds of large smiley emoticons to insert into almost any Web-based email.

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