Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to Block Google Doodles/Google Logos

As described in part here, here are some ways to avoid animated Google Doodles and logos in your search page:

Using an ad blocker such as AdBlock for Chrome or Adblock Plus for Firefox, specify the following manual filters. In AdBlock in Chrome/OS X go to Chrome -> Window (menu) -> Extensions -> AdBlock: Options link -> Customize (web-based tab) -> click Edit next to Manually edit your filters -> Enter the following and click Save. In Firefox/OS X go to Tools -> Adblock Plus -> Filter preferences -> Custom filters -> Add filter:

IMG[id="hplogo"]
http://google.com/logos/*
https://google.com/logos/*
http://www.google.com/logos/*
https://www.google.com/logos/*
http://www.google.com/images/srpr/*
https://www.google.com/images/srpr/*
https://www.google.com/images/branding/googlelogo/*

This may not stop all Doodles, but for me it has blocked the majority of the them so far.

It makes a beautiful search page:


Or, you can use one of the following:

  • http://www.google.com/firefox - note: as of 2013/09/13, there was no https version, and it showed a warning at the bottom when using Chrome, which is annoying, but it shouldn't happen if using Firefox: "You're not on the latest version of Firefox. Upgrade today to get the best of the Web".
  • https://duckduckgo.com

There obviously many other solutions, e.g. creating your own static search page, using iGoogle, etc. but I like the combination of ad blocking and Google Doodle/logo blocking so much, I had to share.

2015-12-20 - If you're having trouble with sites like forbes.com blocking ad blockers, try the anti-adblocker blocker.

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