Taming Google

Annika Backstrom
in misc, on 26 August 2005. It is tagged #Computers, #Scripting, and #Web.

You may not have noticed, but Google uses JavaScript to rewrite link URLs as you click on search results. The is presumably used for tracking and statistics and advertising number voodoo. Whatever, I don't care. I just want it to go away.

If you're running the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox, you're in luck. Greasemonkey allows a surfer to install custom scripts for any site, effectively letting him customize pages as he sees fit. Remove content blocks, change colors and fonts, add text, or, drumroll: remove onmousedown events.

Here's the script:

// By Annika Backstrom <annika@sixohthree.com>
// Public Domain, 8 August, 2005.
// Block Google's data mining on search results.

// find all paragraph tags
thePs = document.getElementsByTagName("P");

for(var i = 0; i < thePs.length; i++) {
    theP = thePs[i];
    theLinks = theP.getElementsByTagName("A"); // find anchors

    for(var j = 0; j < theLinks.length; j++) {

Works well enough for me.