Windows 10: Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it!

Discus and support Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it! in Browsers and Email to solve the problem; It seems like every time I reinstall Win10 there's some fresh hell to contend with at the end of the process. This time it's Google via Firefox.... Discussion in 'Browsers and Email' started by dortmunder, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it!


    It seems like every time I reinstall Win10 there's some fresh hell to contend with at the end of the process. This time it's Google via Firefox. Although I change the settings and a popup tells me those changes have been saved, they haven't been - I still end up with SafeSearch 'On'. (There's no problem when using my VPN, however.)

    Changing to OpenDNS doesn't help.

    Using the Cmd command "nslookup www.google.com" I see that I'm being redirected to forcesafesearch.google.com. I can't understand this as I've installed the same OS and programs as I had yesterday when all was well...

    If anyone can tell me what's going on and how to fix it, I'd be really grateful. Thank you

    :)
     
    dortmunder, Mar 12, 2018
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  2. mrAllen Win User

    Looking for Windows 10 Firewall Template

    Hello there, I wondering if somebody can provide a W10 firewall template for search-engine.. or have ideas for configure one

    OpenDNS doesn't work properly *(I don't know what happened after Cisco acquisition), so I'm using NortonDNS

    enForce-safesearch it's so hard to home users, I mean Only google works great...

    Bing and Yahoo (worst) cache still showing XXX and other content (also with safesearch), and I don't know about others search engines...

    It's a lot of work, configure Bing... I don't want users accounts or parental control...

    Main Troubles that I have:

    * Somebody can change local DNS (but my router has blocked port 53)

    * Can't deny by router firewall https sites, I think best choise it's a w10 firewall rule

    * Windows 10 Firewall rule accepts only one IP per config Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it! :(, better with policies?

    So, I'm looking to block all search engines except google.. but I have not idea.. there is a lot of domains, and subdomains

    I'm tired of internet stupidities. I'm not an expert, and/but people here are not silly.. they can search on google too.. Hosts it's so easy.. I don't want to buy another router or spend on a firewall.

    I hope that you can help or suggest..

    best regards..
     
    mrAllen, Mar 12, 2018
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  3. IE deleted off my computer and being forced to use EDGE after today's window update (KB4074595). Lost my favorites

    Which was concluded how?
     
    BeefRWijker, Mar 12, 2018
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  4. EdTittel Win User

    Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it!

    It may be a locale-based restriction: this wikiHow article explains that "Unfortunately, Google sites in many countries no longer allow you to turn off SafeSearch completely." You might want to read that article over, and see if it helps you find some usable workarounds. From my vantage point, looks like a VPN that takes you to the USA or another locale where SafeSearch can be turned off completely might be your best approach.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
     
    EdTittel, Mar 12, 2018
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  5. Cr00zng Win User
    This surprised me, when I've tested on my system. Basically all browsers, including ToR has the "Safe Search" enabled by default. Since this is Google "Safe Search", stating that Google keeps a browsing history for you/your system may not be unreasonable...

    The way around it...

    • Login to your Google account and disable "Safe Search"
    • Use Bing search engine (this is how people find explicit content)
    • Use Duckduckgo for search engine and disable "Safe Search" anonymously:
      Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it! [​IMG]
    The chances are that there are other options as well, if you search Google, provided that Google does not deem the link unsafe... *Roflmao2

    How did Google become the de-facto Internet nanny? *sarc
     
    Cr00zng, Mar 12, 2018
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  6. Plankton Win User
    I use Google Chrome and Firefox and I've never seen this "safesearch" option. I've also never been redirected to a site for safesearch. The fact that a redirect is being used concerns me because that usually means a browser has been hijacked or compromised in some fashion.

    I would start looking at your browser for malware or adware intrusions....by using Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner. Then if that's doesn't work....I would uninstall both Chrome and Firefox and then run Ccleaner to remove leftover entries and then re-download fresh copies and re-install them.
     
    Plankton, Mar 12, 2018
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  7. Clintlgm Win User
    *Ditto I just looked into my chrome setting and I don't even see a setting for"Google safe search"
     
    Clintlgm, Mar 12, 2018
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  8. Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it!

    The matter is sorted - rather that changing the DNS on my PC, which is what I did to begin with, I've changed the DNS settings on the router (to 9.9.9.9, operated by Quad9). I can now use google without hindrance. I still find it odd, though, that everything was OK with my ISP's DNS up until I reinstalled my OS...
     
    dortmunder, Mar 12, 2018
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  9. Cr00zng Win User
    Not to say that the browser connection cannot be hijacked, but...

    Safe search is a search engine function, that may look like hijacking, but it's not. It's a content filtering that mostly relies on Google's safe search and built-in to the browsers. Uninstall/reinstall does not change that...

    Making Duckduckgo the default search engine, and installing it for the browser in question, does provide and option to disable the safe search:


    Google SafeSearch - I'm being forced to use it! [​IMG]


    And no, that's not a search for explicit content...*sarc

    That's how it should be, instead of forcing people to chase their tails to get around it...
     
    Cr00zng, Mar 12, 2018
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  10. Hi,
    Safe search take that with a grain of salt that it's used as stated and not to cull the web for it's own message *Smile
     
    ThrashZone, Mar 12, 2018
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  11. Glad you got it sorted. I came across this a while ago myself. For me it was a setting within my Google account, and whenever I was logged in to Google on the search page, my account settings were always what my account was set to even if I tried to change it via the popup/browser option. Once I change my account settings everything stayed the way I wanted.
     
    Bobby Phoenix, Apr 5, 2018
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