How To Access Removed Results On Google Search

Martin Brinkmann
May 25, 2012
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
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).

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.

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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. Bob Gankostorfer said on December 5, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Here’s what is hilarious to me — unless you’re a government agent or spy or some such, why in the world do you care that Google knows what your bra size is? Who cares IF GOOGLE KNOWS that I use ?! What could they possibly ever do with the fact that I visit yahoo news 3 times a week, or that I love badgers? NONE of the info they have actually matters. What I mean is, how in a meaningful way can it impact your life other than them gaining money from selling it? Nobody gives a shite honestly. They can track me all day long. The info they gather doesn’t matter to me in the slightest.

  2. Mike said on March 23, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I have noticed certain search engines were amazing when I first used them only later to deliver results that were way below par and obviously filtered by something? I like to research and often not happy with the google,Bing, duck duck go results..I am relative new to personal computing and not advanced. I run malware,virus, and spyware scans and all are clean. there is an Elephant here but it drives me crazy trying to know who is doing this and how to reverse it? It must be a money item of a big company. Someone help me and give me some light here. This needs to be exposed!!!

  3. james cranston said on October 31, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    could you give me some advise on finding a newspaper article that appeared in a carlisle based newspaper. it was on google search last year and i have since found out that the named person in the article has paid to have it removed from google. the article relates to a carlise man being found guilty of a sexual assault. unfortunately i do not know what year the offence was comminted in

  4. 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.

  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. 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

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

    Good tip, thank you!

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

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