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How To Access Removed Results On Google Search

If you search on Google regularly, you may have noticed omitted entries on some search results pages.  For those of you who have never encountered that, try searching for windows 7 torrent and scroll down to the end of the page.  DMCA complaints are the major reason for removals of search results, and other forms, like court ordered removals or governmental removals,  may not be displayed that transparently on the search results page.

When it comes to DMCA complaints though,  Google displays each individual complaint separately on the results page. Individual complains may include one or multiple addresses that Google removed from the search results. An address in this case is always an individual page on a domain, and not a domain itself (even though it is possible that the main domain name has been removed, subpages may still be accessible).

dmca complaint

Each entry links to two pages. The first links to Google's DMCA Policy page where you find information about the proceedings when the company receives DMCA complaints, the second to the actual complaint that led to the removal of the result. And that's where it begins to get interesting.

The second page displays the DMCA complaint, listing the sender of the complaint, the reason for the removal, and the allegedly infringing links. A complaint may list one, multiple, or hundreds of links that you can open in your web browser of choice, to access the results despite the fact that they have been removed from Google's primary search page.

copyrighted work

In Firefox, you can highlight the url, right-click it, and select open link, or open link in new tab. There are several reasons why you may want to take a look at the removed results on Google. Maybe you are researching a particular topic, or want to check out for yourself whether a web page is infringing on copyright or not.

While not the most comfortable way of accessing removed results on Google Search, it appears to be the only option for users who want to do just that.


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  1. ódio said on May 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    i had a userscript wich i just need to double click a non-clickable link to open in a newtab… just forget the name now…

  2. Noel said on May 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Actually, I am looking for an option ot thumbs down useless google results WITHOUT logging in. I don’t want google to track me with my google ID and hence I won’t log in to thumbs down the results. The quality of google results is getting worse, may be due to the crappy sites popping up.

  3. Crodol said on May 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Good tip, thank you!

  4. Bob said on May 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    after searching the second page that displays the DMCA complaint I don’t find the complaint Links
    ????please help me

  5. Marc said on May 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I’m betting there ‘d be an userscript to lessen the efforth… (or at least hoping)

  6. kennith said on May 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    is there a chrome extension out there (or if not, can someone make one) that can entirely remove the dmca complaint part, and let me see all results of my search? i dont want to have to open a complaint and ctrl+f what i need every single time.

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