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I'm regularly finding sites that copy content from elsewhere (mailing lists, etc) while not providing any added value. Quite to the contrary, they are pretty heaped with ads.

I'd like to remove those sites as permanently as possible from my Google search results. Any ideas?

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If you can use a userscript, I found this to be an excellent replacement for functionality that used to be provided by Personal Blocklist:

https://www.jeffersonscher.com/gm/google-hit-hider/

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    This was a really nice experience to install. It takes only a few clicks, and works out of the box. – David Schmitt Aug 1 '18 at 10:39
  • Unfortunately this extension no longer works (as of 2019). – Anderson Green Mar 23 at 0:44
  • @AndersonGreen What version of Chrome and operating system are you using? I'm on Chrome 73.0.3683.86 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 and I'm still able to use it without any issues. – Keyslinger Mar 29 at 18:09
  • This link no longer works: Personal Blocklist – laggingreflex Jul 29 at 1:59
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For Chrome users, the official Personal Blocklist Chrome extension can remove sites from your results. Unlike the one referenced in Bernhard Hofmann's answer, this is an official extension developed by Google.

Google used to have built-in support for this, but it has removed this feature. If you used this feature, you can still download your block list as a text file.

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    Still not availble on my results, I'll be using @Bernhard's solution for now. – ripper234 Apr 26 '11 at 13:26
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    This is respected when I use Chrome. In Safari, none of my blocked domains are blocked. Imagine that... – Bryson Dec 6 '11 at 23:13
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    As of today it is not working for me. Would be perfect to filter all those crappy sites out there when I am feeling lazy and use Google as an entry point for SE (again). – I'm with Monica Feb 28 '13 at 15:40
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    I have updated my answer with a link to Google's official support page where they say the feature is no longer supported. Like Bernhard, they recommend a Chrome extension, but they recommend their own, not a third party's. – ale Feb 28 '13 at 16:36
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    That extension doesn't work as of October 2018. – Ian Dunn Oct 8 '18 at 20:16
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There is a Search Filter Chrome extension for filtering search results:

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/ddgjlkmkllmpdhegaliddgplookikmjf?hl=en-gb

  • This does exactly what I'm looking for! – David Schmitt Jul 7 '10 at 22:16
  • official Google extension: Personal Blocklist – törzsmókus Aug 23 '16 at 12:59
  • @törzsmókus: Already referenced in the accepted answer. – ale Aug 23 '16 at 13:00
  • When I try to install this, I get an error message stating that it has an invalid manifest. Does anyone know how to address this? – Keyslinger Jul 24 '18 at 20:11
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    This link gives 404 now. – Ruslan May 7 at 14:52
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I sometimes use this solution when I have to search for specific topics, like Hardware Reviews, Programming Issue, etc.

I define a Custom Search Engine query, that works as a white-list of websites.

Follow the wizards and then save the HTML code provided by Google at the end on a file on your PC. When you have to do a certain type of search just open that file.

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I and many others have found the plugins don't work but you can create your own blocklist using a browser's native functions.

In Chrome, open Settings and click on Manage Search Engines.

Scroll down to the bottom and add a new search engine. You'll have to add a duplicate Google (call it whatever you like) and make that your default search engine because Chrome won't allow you to modify the search string for its Google entry.

In the rightmost field the base search string would be something like this (I live in oz) where %s = your search terms:

https://google.com.au/#q=%s

To exclude trash sites from your search, add them after the %s in URL format, excluding 'Junk Site' and 'Spam Factory' would be:

https://google.com.au/#q=%s+-%22Junk+Site%22+-%22Spam+Factory%22

If you use Chrome's Omnibox (the URL / search bar at the top) it will automatically append this to your searches, e.g., -"Junk Site" -"Spam Factory". If you use Google's search box (the one between "Google" and the little microphone) your search it won't, i.e., your search will be unfiltered.

  • Nice suggestion, however I would use -site:junksite.com instead of what you have here. – Christian Shay Nov 19 at 0:33
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If you are using Chrome, you can create a custom search engine

this appends -site:quora.com to your search string and blocks quora from the search result

{google:baseURL}search?q=%s+-site:quora.com&{google:RLZ}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:iOSSearchLanguage}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:contextualSearchVersion}ie={inputEncoding}
  • Can you explain this a bit more? – Geoffrey Hale Jun 26 at 23:20
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Use the uBlacklist Chrome extension by iorate

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There may be chances that some malware related software has been installed in your PC without being noticed to you. I had the same problem when I Google something you get unwanted search results.

There are two steps you can follow for removing those:

1. If you are using Google Chrome, go to
Settings -> Advanced option -> Reset and clean up -> Clean Up Computer.

2. Goto control panel -> Uninstall programmes
Sort the programs by their installed date.
Find the suspicious program and uninstall if any. ( Like SeachAwesome, Vebasearch etc.)

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A cleaner approach is Google Hit Hider by Domain (Search Filter / Block Sites), a Tampermonkey script that brings back block feature in search engines

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No... there is is no current way to remove websites from your Google Search results.

At least, not if you are using Firefox as of 8/9/2011.

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