In 2007 Google introduced Universal Search (sometimes called blended search), and started including images and videos in the regular search results page.
I don't want to see those results. I know how to click the videos or images link at the top of the page and if I enter text in the search box it is because I am looking only for text.
It used to be possible to do a search at Google.com/custom to get the old-style simple search results page, but that link now results in an error:
your computer or network may be sending automated queries
No results are given.
Is there any way to go back to the simple text-only Google results page?
It would be preferable to do it by manipulating the query string so that I can replace my default search engine with simplified results.