Scroogle Gets Screwgled For Good After Days Of DDoS Attacks

By: Drew Bowling - February 22, 2012

Options to prevent Google’s gropey hands from gathering your browsing information have dwindled today due to the shuttering up of Scroogle. For those unawares, Scroogle was a search engine that acted as an “online condom” to enable users to practice safe searching while preventing companies like Google from tracking your habits. The main cause for the site’s shutdown is said to stem from a constant stream of recent DDoS attacks.

In an email to BetaBeat, the site’s main operator, Daniel Brandt, said that the privacy-friendly search engine is “gone forever.”

“Even if all my DDoS problems had never started in December, Scroogle was already getting squeezed from Google’s throttling, and was already dying. It might have lasted another six months if I hadn’t lost seven servers from DDoS, but that’s about all.

“I no longer have any domains online. I also took all my domains out of DNS because I want to signal to the criminal element that I have no more servers to trash. This hopefully will ward off further attacks on my previous providers.”

The other sites mentioned by Brandt that he maintained were,,, and

Since Google also offers an encrypted search option that enables protection from info-tracking bloodhounds, including companies like Google itself, that may explain why Google made it difficult for Scroogle to operate smoothly.

For those left longing for a way to search Google without the spectre of Google and others tracking their browsing history, Search Engine Land has compiled a list of offerings that users may find helpful. In my own experience, has served me the best although I haven’t experimented extensively with other privacy-first search engines because I was immediately satisfied with DuckDuckGo’s straight-forward policy.

If any readers have further suggestions for Scroogle alternates, feel free to add them below in the comments.

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Drew BowlingDrew Bowling is a staff writer for WebProNews. He never met an all-you-can-eat buffet he didn't like. Twitter: @bentfortherent Google: +Drew Bowling

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  • kurt is an option in place of scroogle that I use.

  • bleh

    This is really unfortunate news. I can’t believe even the info side was taken down. I really loved the humorous gifs and jpgs he created. =/

  • senator Charlotte

    I used Scroogle absolutely exclusively. I’ll be using DDG now, I guess.

    • Veri

      Try It has awesome results and even cool news sites

  • Bimadisiwin

    I’m in mourning for Scroogle, but search we must. I just took a quick peek at and ddg. Probably go with ixquick to start…

  • Rob

    Looks like There is a Scroogle clone site at… Seems to work pretty good even if it has Google ads on it.


    Im with Veri, Gibiru is awesome, The uncensored news bit rocks!

    Too bad for Scroogle, I liked it, Google is a big Butt Hole, scroogle was a pioneer!

  • dashesy

    Another great feature of DuckDuckGo (aside from the privacy policy) is the Bangs, to search Google from inside DuckDuckGo you can add ! to your search, to search Wikipedia it is !w, there are hundreds of Bangs for mostly used websites. The interface is also very nice and clean (as opposed to Google cluttered page). As added bonus you can use keyboard arrows to navigate the search results and use enter-key to open them, as if you are on your own PC!

  • dashesy

    !g for Google !w for Wikipedia

  • George W

    quite erroneous statement in the text above: “Since Google also offers an encrypted search option that enables protection from info-tracking bloodhounds, including companies like Google itself”
    -WRONG! encrypted search option provides a shield from a local ISP or company snooping at work, but NOT from Google

  • ike

    yacy is a distributed search engine…. it is not a website hosted on a server 1,000s of miles away, the http server is on your computer and uses a p2p network as the search database. search terms are hashed so they don’t directly reveal what you’re looking for, and spidering is a distributed responsibility, with the option available to proxy your normal browsing through an indexer. Also, besides being able to be used on the ICAN Net (normal internet) it can also be used in private networks, VPNs, Tor, i2p, etc…..

    a magnet link to a torrent download for the Windows Version: