MetaCrawler is simply the easiest way to find better search results from more of the Web.
Get Better Results, Easier
MetaCrawler.com utilizes metasearch technology to compile results from many of the Web's major search properties, delivering more relevant and comprehensive results every time you search. The search results you receive include the top commercial (sponsored advertising) and non-commercial (algorithmic) results from the most popular search engines on the Web. By accessing multiple search engines for each query, MetaCrawler.com provides you with a richer and more relevant spectrum of results than you would from using any single search engine.
We have recently changed the way our search results are displayed on MetaCrawler. Now sponsored results are displayed separately from organic web results. Our new layout allows you to quickly review the separated ad results, and then explore organic search results on the same page. The new split layout makes it easier for you to glance at the results, and get to the web pages you are searching for quickly. On the results page you will be able to tell which results are sponsored and which are not by noting which section the result has been filtered into. Sponsored results are always clearly identified with a "Sponsored" or similar designation and will be located in the upper section of the page while organic results will be filtered into the section below sponsored results and labeled with the “web results” designation.
Here is an example of our new results page:
MetaCrawler.com web search is designed to identify the intent of a user's search and results will generally be listed in separate sections and in order of relevance, with sponsored results in the “ads” or “Sponsored Results” section and organic results in the “Web Results” section. For example, if you are searching for information about the prices of digital cameras and enter the term "digital camera prices," you will generally receive more sponsored results and commercial Web pages containing information on the prices at which businesses are offering cameras as well as organic results. If, on the other hand, you are searching for academic or general research purposes and enter the term "digital camera technology," the results will be weighted more toward articles, information and other non-commercial results about the technology behind digital cameras.
MetaCrawler was originally developed in 1994 at the University of Washington by then graduate student Erik Selberg and Associate Professor Oren Etzioni. The site joined the InfoSpace Network in 2000 and is owned and operated by InfoSpace, Inc.
What MetaCrawler Users Are Saying
"I always thought you were the best, now you're even better!." - Ryan, USA
"My grandson introduced me to MetaCrawler when he was in high school. I've been using it ever since and find that it is absolutely the best search engine on the net." - Theresa, USA
"I'm a heavy MetaCrawler user (it's my [home] page) and I also tell my students to use MetaCrawler for their work at my high school. I like the new look - it's much cleaner AND I think it'll lend itself to faster downloading." - John, USA
MetaCrawler Toolbar FAQ
What is the MetaCrawler Toolbar?
The Toolbar is a free application that sits on your Internet browser and offers you a convenient way to search for internet content using the innovative MetaCrawler.com metasearch technology.
Will the Toolbar install spyware, adware or malware on my computer?
No. The Toolbar is free from spyware, adware and malware.
What operating systems and browsers is the Toolbar compatible with?
The Toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows, and Firefox on Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
Do I have to pay to download and use the Toolbar?
No. The Toolbar is 100% free to use!
I installed the Toolbar, but I still do not see it. What should I do?
If you're using Internet Explorer: In your IE menu bar, open the View menu, and select "Toolbars." There should be a check mark next to " Toolbar." If there is no check mark, the Toolbar is disabled and will not be visible. If it is already checked, IE may not recognize it. Try unchecking it and then checking it again. If you still do not see the Toolbar on your browser, the Toolbar is not properly installed. Go back to the Toolbar webpage and try reinstalling it. If you're using Firefox: In your Mozilla menu bar, go to the "View" menu and select "Toolbars." Next to the " Toolbar" there should be a check mark. If there is no check mark, the Toolbar is hidden. If it is already checked, Mozilla may not be recognizing the Toolbar. Try unchecking it and checking it again. If you still do not see the Toolbar, the Toolbar is not properly installed. Go back to the Toolbar download page and try installing it again.
How do I uninstall the Toolbar?
If you're using Internet Explorer: Go to the "Start" menu, select "Control Panel," go to "Add/Remove Programs" and remove the Toolbar that you no longer want. Once you have removed the Toolbar, restart your computer. If you're using Firefox: Go to "Tools" and click on "Add-ons." Highlight "delete the [xx] Toolbar" and click "Uninstall".
It won't let me install the Toolbar!
If you are unable to install the Toolbar and are receiving strange errors, you may not have the admin privileges on your computer. Be sure that you are on the computers administrator account. You may need to contact the computers administrator and have them install the Toolbar.
How can I move the Toolbar to a different location?
If you are using Internet Explorer 6.0, you must first unlock the Toolbar before you can move it. To do this, right click on the Toolbar and deselect the "Lock the Toolbars" option. Note: You can only move the Toolbar to locations at the top of your browser window. Toolbars cannot be placed on the side or the bottom of the browser window.
How do I search the internet?Just go to the right of the logo, type in what you want to search for, and hit enter. It will automatically bring up the search results; it's that simple!
I have other questions about the Toolbar. How can I find the answer?
For additional help, contact FreeCause support, Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM PST (5PM to 1AM GMT) at 1-877-292-0233 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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