I'd like to stop specific search terms (such as "gaming", "newgrounds", and "knowyourmeme") from appearing in my Google Search suggestions, since these terms tend to distract me from what I'm actually searching for. Is it possible to filter out specific terms from Google's automatic search suggestions?
If you use Firefox, you can open about:config and edit the
keyword.URL preference. Set its value to
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Google+Search&q=-gaming -newgrounds -knowyourmeme. Don't forget the trailing space! This will cause URL bar search to apply the filters you specify.
Still in Firefox, you can create a bookmark to the URL
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Google+Search&q=-gaming -newgrounds -knowyourmeme %s and assign a keyword to it (by right-clicking the bookmark and clicking
Properties). Let's say you assign the
g keyword. Now if you type
g my search in the URL bar, you will perform a search on "my search" with the aforementioned filters (the
%s gets replaced with your query).
I'm pretty sure Google doesn't give you access to or control over this kind of thing precisely because it would diminish the ability Google currently has to use targeted advertisements and other things on/with you, which is fundamental in pretty much everything Google does.
However, if you have a specific list of such terms that you know you will (usually) want omitted, I would suggest making a text document with "-term1 -term2 ..." listed out, for the entire list, and copy-pasting that to the end of any search you do.
Depending on your browser, there may be an option to automatically add text to searches (or have default search text to which you would simply add your query text), in which case use this feature instead of having a text document.