11 Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can’t

Google; what would we do without it? In a world without Google, the internet becomes an impenetrable block. Its composition beyond Wikipedia and our own personal inboxes is a complete mystery to us.

Luckily, it doesn’t look like Google is going anywhere anytime soon. In the event that our worst-case doomsday scenario does happen to pan out. However, there are a few alternatives that we can recommend in the intermediary, as the dust settles.

You’ll find some of these top picks in unfiltered search engines to be very similar to Google. Other obscure search engines might actually show you your search from an entirely different perspective.

1. Ecosia

The Ecosia homepage.

Google does a lot of good for the world in its own way. Ecosia does its part, too, albeit from a slightly different angle. This search engine uses a modified Bing custom search—no second-rate APIs here.

As you browse, 80 percent of Ecosia’s ad profits are diverted into programs that plant trees in Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Indonesia, and Peru. Read through its FAQs; you’ll find them opening up about the project, depicting the success and the progress of their planting programs.

Ecosia is an unfiltered search engine, but it does highlight websites that follow sustainable practices with a green leaf icon next to the result. What can we say? We’ve all got our favorites.

2. Qwant

The Qwant homepage.

If you maintain a growing collection of private search engines, this unrestricted search engine is definitely one that you’ll want to check out. Qwant is a much more visual search engine when compared to Google, which may also appeal to you for one reason or another.

Local storage on your machine is used to save your settings and data. You can register and log in to create visual boards by bookmarking the results that you like. The privacy policy on the site says,

Even when you are connected with an ID, we don’t use any cookie nor any other tracking device when you browse the site.

Any personal data connected to your ID is deleted if you cancel your account. The search engine also utilizes Microsoft Bing, which means that your privacy when browsing never has to come at the cost of the robustness of the unfiltered search that you enjoy​​​​​​.

3. Peekier

The Peekier homepage.

Any uncensored search engine that does not store user data is always worth a try. Peekier is among the newest privacy-conscious search engines, a category of service made popular by companies like DuckDuckGo. The search engine’s unfiltered web search is another one made possible thanks to Bing.

Peekier’s policy reiterates that the site does not log your personal information or track your activity as you browse. They deliver a clean design and a fast, unfiltered internet search, brought to you in the form of little preview cards.

Click the hamburger icon on the top right to tweak your settings. Peekier auto-suggests search keywords; you can refine them further with more keywords after you’ve received your results. This uncensored search does not filter your results. The only filter they impose is one determined by your region.

4. SearchTeam

The SearchTeam homepage.

Let’s face it: Google Search isn’t exactly a collaborative service. Diversely, SearchTeam calls itself a “collaborative search engine”. It’s a great concept for teams who all need to access the same information for the same task or project.

You can use SearchTeam to plan a vacation with family members and friends, to name one example. The only downside to SearchTeam is that it is indeed a subscription-based service. You can invite others into your SearchSpace via email.

5. Kiddle

The Kiddle homepage.

Kiddle is not a search engine that shows everything. In fact, it’s sort of the opposite. It’s a family-friendly search engine, perfect for curious kids. The search engine is a customized version of Google. Big thumbnails, images, fonts accompany the kid-safe web, image, and video search.

Unfiltered search engine results aren’t good for kids. Even Google isn’t a great product for kids, even though there is a SafeSearch option. Kiddle is an awesome alternative if you’re trying to keep your kids off of NSFW sites, gambling platforms, and the rest of the black market underbelly of the web.

6. JustWatch

Justwatch homepage

Online streaming has already replaced cable in many households. If you’re a cord-cutter, and you want to discover where your favorite shows are hosted, this site’s unfiltered search results will be able to provide you with the full disclosure. You can use it to find out what’s new on each streaming platform as well.

You can customize your preferences to narrow down your results by different genres, IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings, prices, quality, or release year.

7. Giphy

Search Giphy

In the future, our grandchildren will be communicating via Facebook chat using emojis and GIFs exclusively. You can prepare yourself for this animated, dystopian future with the help of Giphy, beloved unfiltered image search of merrymakers everywhere.

Giphy really is one of those search engines with no restrictions. Prepare yourself; you might stumble across some NSFW search results, not that we’re complaining.

8. Thangs

Thangs is a search engine for 3D creators

Google Search still isn’t great when searching for models designed for 3D printing. Thangs steps into that niche; this site is an online community of 3D designers. Its search engine is an offshoot of their desire to share their work with one another.

Thangs claims to be a “geometric search engine”, powered by AI. It can recognize 3D models, see how the parts can be assembled together, and then make accurate predictions about each object’s function, cost, materials, performance, compliance, and more.

9. NASA Images

NASA Image and Video Library

NASA Images brings you unfiltered search results depicting some of the most iconic achievements in space exploration of our lifetimes. Search through a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos, and audio files from across the agency’s many missions through history.

Any science lover will fall in love with this one. This is a massive amount of content to explore from more than 60 different locations, all in one searchable index.

10. SearchCode


Those in need of a search engine for open source code will love SearchCode. If you need a search engine that doesn’t filter results, the ones that you find here are gathered from all over the internet, covering more than ten sources and 90 languages.

Searching for code can be hard. This site helps you narrow it down to a specific source, repository, or language. Your results will be displayed with the relevant lines highlighted.

11. Ludwig

Ludwig home page for translating foreign words

Ludwig is an interesting alternative to Google Translate. Here, you don’t need to type the sentence that you want to translate. Instead, you type your best guess of the English translation that you need.

This search engine compares your approximate sentence with a database of contextualized examples taken from standard sources like The New York Times, PLOS ONE, BBC, and scientific publications. Compare the list of results against your input query to learn the correct way to write it colloquially. It’s an interesting way to learn the English language on the internet.

Never Rely on Google Search Again

These search engines aren’t aiming to replace Google, but, rather, to challenge the status quo.

Think of these search engines without filters as “specialty” search tools. For web searches in general, Google still has the rest beat. For niche searches and anonymous private searches, however, search engines that don’t filter results still reign supreme.


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