Google claims to allow you to block offensive websites. The service has been inconsistent and inaccurate. It allows you to block only certain sites and preserves the links for their high-roller advertisers. Lately, with their consolidation, the block website feature no longer works (at least for me). My searches are usually highly obscured by unrelated spam and simply, crap. It makes the task of finding pertinent information tedious and frustrating. Google is still the best search option around for me though, which says little of the competition.
Screw-10^100 (by the way, 10^100 is a google) or Screw-gle uses a Google search feature to block any site by putting a minus sign ("-") in front of the undesirable item. For example if you were performing a search looking for "quality content" and wanted to block all of the garbage from "wikipedia" one would simply type "quality content -wikipedia" in the search box and it's gone. This task becomes huge when you want to block a high volume of junk manually.
That's what Screw-10^100 does. It allows you to block as many sites and keywords as you please. You can store all of your searches. You can customize a list of blocked sites for each search or use a default list for all searches. The program is pretty simple while feature rich IMHO.
When the program is executed, it opens in the System Tray. In addition, it will run a search for any text already in the Clipboard, using the default set of blocked terms.
The idea is that if you are surfing the web and find something that you want to search for, you can simply select and copy the term(s). Then by executing the program, your search is performed. Regardless, the icon will now reside in the System Tray and all further searches will be performed from there. Only one instance of the program can run at the same time:
If you Right Click on the Icon, the popup menu appears. If you want to search for a term copied to the Clipboard click "Search Clipboard". Otherwise, you can work from the user interface:
From the top down, I will describe the features:
Good luck to all of you out there who need this functionality. Remember, "If you can't beat'em, Screw'im"!
Add "google" to your blocked list and watch all of their self-serving services such as shopping and social media disappear. I won't be surprised when they disable the "-" feature when it blocks their content in the future.
The program is light weight meaning that it is portable and requires no installation as long as you are using Windows XP or later. (Older Windows operating systems may need the Visual Basic 6.0 Runtimes. See Microsoft.com.) You may simply unzip the file and run the executable anywhere. It will create files and subdirectories in the program directory so don't run it from your Desktop. Rather create a directory and run it from there. It can also be placed in a thumb-drive directory.
I've also provided an installation file which creates a directory under "Program Files", adds the program to the All Programs Start Menu and allows you to add an icon to your Desktop.
Oh, did I mention that the program is and always will be totally free (FREEWARE) without any limitation, nags, requests for donations or restrictions. In addition, it is open source. Feel free to modify it. Take yourself to task and use it at your own risk.