Ad-free Search Engine

Between NextDNS, LibreTube, Xtra, RSS, etc., I’m close to achieving a phone without ads anywhere.

With Neeva closing, is there a search engine that doesn’t have search ads in the results, or sponsored shopping results at the top? I know paid Brave Search offers this, but I’d rather not give money to Brendan Eich, so alternatives would be appreciated.


If you’re open to paying for a search engine, I’m confident in saying Kagi is the best option out there.

I don’t use it personally, but I have respect for ethical web they’re trying to create. I’ve previously paid for a month and found the search results to be of a higher quality than Google.


Yes, I recommended SearXNG which has support torrent searching, multiple search engines in one, Privacy Frontends support (Require by host to set), and many more.

I recommended, you test mines out: (Mines has no ads/trackers)

P.S: Public instances is not always good to use it because, the self-hosters are not privacy-respecting even it’s open-source and you can self-host for everyone, most of them will leave the logs on or don’t know how to turn off all logs off, not harden tls 1.2/1.3 correctly or setup server hardening etc… You can do some audits on my search engine for peace of mine if you want

5 Likes is basically SearXNG with a account, You will be logging into with a email and password which is not good for privacy and they say they don’t put your queries with a account still has to be trusted, and they say they got low results, SearXNG has that too with no email/password required just search, the only thing they got is AI Searching which SearXNG might add soon…


Security Audits:


No, it is not “basically SearXNG with an account.” They use their own web crawler and offer their own set of unique and useful features not found in other alternatives. Unlike a free Searx instance, they actually have a business model that aligns with providing a privacy respecting service.

Most people don’t have a threat model that would prohibit them from using such a service. Just like with any search engine, you have to put trust in the operator’s claims. Kagi’s promises [1, 2] are strong and transparent, which is enough for me to personally trust and recommend their service.


This is a privacy-company filled with tinfoils, they ain’t using it either way just because it has a email and password, I know what is, I got it for AI result testing. But i am going to delete it too many accounts i got to manage it and i am a minimalist. SearX is old, SearXNG is the modern and new one… All the results your finding i can find using SearXNG lol with no email/password needed!


In what way is the below “filled with tinfoils”?

“Free” search engines have two ways to make money—get more users or sell more ads per user. The easiest, fastest way is to mine more data to sell ads more effectively. Many search-engine companies have buckled under investor pressure, leading us to the online privacy issues we have today.

Paid models like Kagi only make money when users pay us, and users only pay when they receive great value. We offer superior result quality, features, speed, and—of course—privacy. If we compromise on any of these points, we lose users. Therefore, we have to offer a better product that includes the best possible privacy.

Sounds very sane to me.

This just sounds like you were abusing their free tier.

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Nope, not having useless accounts collecting dust.


Hello, just to remind you of alternative.

I am founder of PriEco
It is a privacy respecting, eco-friendly and open source search engine with minimum JavaScript. It gets results from Google and images from Bing but also has own index.

I have posted here about it PriEco: New open source web search engine

At this time it is ad-free, but also without revenue. When I add sponsored results, instantly add “premium” with as private way to pay as possible.

Feel free to try it out and if you have any further questions, feel free to ask.


I forgot about Leta, but an option for Mullvad users


Whooaaa I didn’t know Leta was ad-free. Google Search but ad-free sounds like the zone.

You could use Brave Search with an ad blocker. (By the way, if you use Brave browser, their ad blocker doesn’t block their ads.)

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Leta is also a Google Proxy. This is why I mentioned Startpage. You already mentioned those two.

Startpage has ads unless I’m missing something.

Yeah I kinda missed the memo there lol

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I have Linux desktop. Brave browser, Brave search and Portmaster (firewall) in combination eliminate almost all ads.

it does, you just need to set shields to ‘aggressive’


Thanks for correction.

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