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If you live outside the US, when you visit google.com, you’re likely to be redirected to a localized version of Google, complete with a different domain extension and (often) non-English results. Here’s how you can avoid that redirection.

1. Visit google.com/?gws_rd=ssl instead of google.com to head straight to the standardized version of Google.

Bookmark this modified URL or use an auto-expander to type it in quickly with a keyword of your choice. Or how about setting google.com/?gws_rd=ssl as your browser’s home page?

Of course, you can click on the Use Google.com link at the bottom right of the localized Google homepage to go to the standard version, but who needs that when you can skip the redirection altogether.

2. If you happen to use DuckDuckGo, the dark horse of search engines Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo Most of us don't remember life before Google search. Try DuckDuckGo. Learn its tricks. There could be nothing you miss about Google. Read More , append !g to your search query. This throws up search results right away on (an encrypted version of) google.com.

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Even on the default version of Google, you get results tailored to your location, based on various factors such as your IP address, location history, and location-based search queries. Turn off location services on your computer or phone if you want to remove these location-based influences on your search results.

Do you prefer to use Google.com or the localized version of Google for your searches? Let’s hear from you!

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  1. Danny
    February 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    google.com/?gws_rd=ssl didn't work, but the /ncr feature, which I've used for years, still works.

  2. A41202813GMAIL ..
    February 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I Hate That Freaking Redirection, But:

    A - The Link To Use GOOGLE.COM At The Bottom Is Not Always Visible - Sometimes You Have To Tweak The URL Several Times,

    B - If You Use CHROME, Install The Extension With Code ID "CIBOEBDDIDACKJICOEOIIGDNBMCHKDLL" - It Does It Automatically.

    Cheers.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      February 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for pointing out the alternative!

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        February 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

        Does Anyone Know An Equivalent Extension, But For FF ?

        Thank You.

    • mohamed hatim
      February 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

      thanks i added it and it works good :) thank u

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        February 5, 2016 at 10:26 am

        My Pleasure.

        Spreading The Word For Good Services Is A Lot Of Fun.

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