Block Download.com From Google Search Results
My story on Cnet's Download.com installer that the company added to many downloads on their website has sparked the interest of other websites and software developers.
Users who download software from download.com now download an installer first that comes bundled with adware offers.
This web installer then offers to download the program, be it portable or in form of a setup file, that the user wanted to download initially.
Users basically download an installer that downloads an installer to install the software they wanted to download.
Update: Direct downloads seem to be offered now for all download.com downloads as well on the site, but the most visible option on it is still the web installer.
I have spoken to some software developers who made the decision to pull their software from Download.com, or at least contacted Cnet to remove their application from the software repository.
I'd like to introduce a few options for those users to remove download.com results from the Google search engine.
Google users who are logged in when they use the search engine can block up to 500 different domains in the account options. All they need to do is to open the following link to add or remove domains from their blocklist.
Blocked domains are displayed on the very same page. A search on Google removes all domain references. Google still displays ten results, which basically means that results from the second or third page are moved to the first page to fill up the slots.
Not all users want to be logged in to their Google account though when they search on the site.
Third Party Tools
Third party tools have the advantage that you do not need to be logged into your Google account to block domains in the search results. Their disadvantage is that the blocked domains are removed but not replaced with other results. This could in worst case mean that not a single result is displayed on a search results page.
Here are a few extensions and tools to block domains in the Google search engine:
- Personal Blocklist (by Google) - The Google Chrome extension adds a Block domain option next to each search result.
- Google Hit Hider by Domain (Search Filter / Block Sites) - A userscript for the Firefox web browser to block unwanted domain in the Google search results.
- Search Noise Reduction for Opera - A userscript for the Opera web browser. Works not only in Google but also Bing and Yandex.
You may have heard of other tools or extensions to block domains from the search results in Google. Please let me know about them in the comments.Advertisement