Scroogle, Private Search Engine Is Dead. Learn About Its Alternatives

2018 Sept. 17


While browsing on the internet it is risk sharing information with third-party software & browsers. That’s why private search engines are required for users. Private search engine won't record a tracking profile, information of users, your browsing history, cookies & site data and information entered in forms.

In this article, we will know what is scroogle, Alternatives to scroogle and Alternatives to the private search engine.

What is Scroogle

Scroogle was a private search engine launched in 2013 and was very popular among searchers who wanted to get Google search results in a private settings

Alternatives to Private Search Engine

  • Ixquick/Startpage

Ixquick was a metasearch engine and now is known as and was launched in 1998 based in Zeist & New York.

Startpage uses results from Google, you can use Google’s result without the tracking. Startpage claims itself as the world’s most private search engine. It doesn’t record the IP addresses of the users and only sends cookies to the computer. It stores limited information of the user such as date & time of a search and platform and browser used for the search.

Ixquick provides multiple features such as URL Generator, proxy service, and HTTPS Support. URL generator has a unique feature that eliminates the need for cookies.

  • Clusty/ Yippy

Vivisimo was a private technology company specialized in developing search engines from Pittsburgh, United States Pennsylvania. IBM acquired Vivisimo in May 2012 and is now branded as IBM Watson Explorer, a product of the IBM Watson group.  Clusty was a metasearch engine by Vivisimo and was sold to Yippy in the year 2010.

Vivisimo was found by three researchers of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Jerome Pesenti, Raul Valdes and Chris Palmer in the year 2000. The word Vivisimo is from the Spanish language. Vivisimo meaning “very clever ” or ‘very lively”.

In the year 2010 Clusty was acquired by Yippy for $5.55 Million. The license for the velocity software, that was bought by IBM In 2012 and renamed as IBM Watson Explorer was also included in the acquisition deal.

  • DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is the most well-known alternative to the private search engine. The best feature of DuckDuckGo is users can directly search other sites such as Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube or Yelp by using a query with an exclamation mark. DuckDuckGo is very very clear with its privacy page that it does not collect or share personal information.

DuckDuckGo was launched in the year 2008 and headquartered in Paoli, Pennsylvania. United States

  • Swisscows

Swisscows is a technology company based in Switzerland and made by Hulbee AG, same as other private search engines, Swisscows does not record tracking profiles or use unique identifiers for its users. It is a semantic search engine, it means that it uses machine & artificial intelligence to evaluate the situation of the user’s search.

Swisscows was launched in June 2014, In 2014 the site received 400k Monthly visits, 4.8 million monthly searches by may 2015 and in 2016 the site had 10 million monthly searches.

  • Qwant

Qwant was founded by investor Jean Manuel Rozan, search-engine expert Patrick constant and security specialist Eric Leandro in France and launched the private search engine in July 2013.  

Qwant never records your searches, personal data for advertising or for any other purpose. Similar to DuckDuckGo’s! bangs feature Qwant has Qwick search shortcuts.

  • Search Encrypt.

After Scroogle Google Encrypt is also a private search engine, while searches here are secure, but it is not actually similar to scroogle.


To know more about Clusty / Yippy Metasearch engine click here.

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