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Commercial? No
Type of site Search Engine
Registration None
Available language(s) English and 27 others
Owner Public Information Research, Inc.[1]
Created by Daniel Brandt[2][3]
Current status Non-active

Scroogle was a Web service that disguises the Internet address of users who want to run Google searches anonymously.[4] Scroogle also gives users the option of having all communication between their computer and the search page be SSL encrypted.[5]

The tool was created by Google critic Daniel Brandt,[2][3] who was concerned about Google collecting information on users, and set up Scroogle to filter searches through his servers before going to Google. "I don't save the search terms and I delete all my logs every week. So even if the feds come around and ask me questions I don't know the answer because I don't have the logs any more," he said "I don't associate the search terms with the user's address at all, so I can't even match those up."[6]

Traffic has doubled every year and as of December 2007, Scroogle had passed 100,000 visitors a day.[7]

Besides anonymous searches, the tool allows users to perform Google searches without receiving Google advertisements. It supported twenty-eight languages,[8] and was available as a browser plug-in.

Scroogle shut down in 2012. Brandt blamed Google and DDoS attacks from others for the closure.


  1. "PIR Staff Box." Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  2. a b c "WHOIS -" Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  3. a b "Fed up with Google? Try Powerful search tool without privacy violations." WorldNetDaily. 2007-06-04.
  4. Bray, Hiawatha (2006-01-21). "Google subpoena roils the Web: US effort raises privacy issues." The Boston Globe.
  5. "A note about SSL: How Scroogle's SSL option protects your privacy." PIR. 2008-06-07.
  6. Stonehouse, David (2005-06-18). "Searching for gold." The Age.
  7. Rush, Dominic (2007-12-16). "Fears mount over internet privacy: Google rival is promising to wipe out people’s search records within hours. But do the data really disappear?" The Sunday Times (UK).
  8. "Language Support for Scroogle." Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  9. " Is Gone Forever" Says Site Owner" Search Engine Land

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