WebFerret

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works, but could be much better."

    October 2, 2011  |   By wolstech

    Pros

    Searches a lot of engines, finds stuff that didn't make it into the first few pages of Google results. Newest version is adware-free.

    Cons

    Doesn't integrate well with modern browsers like Firefox and Chrome. Ignores the default browser setting when launching browser. Doesn't search "big-name" engines like Google. Lots of irrelevant and adult content, even for searches like "Wikipedia."

    Summary

    WebFerret does what it says on the label, but needs a major update for modern times, as well as a content filter.

    It ignores your system browser setting when you open the results. In my testing, AOL kept launching, even though Chrome is the default browser.

    In addition, major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, aren't even checked, and some of the engines it does use return dubious results. On occasion, innocuous topics such as the name of a movie or a historical event (I tried "James Cameron's Avatar" and "World War II") tended to return link farms and adult content.

    On the upside, it uninstalls cleanly.

    Bottom line: Pass on WebFerret. Back in the days when the internet was small and Google wasn't big, it could've been useful. Now though, Google, Yahoo, and Bing are a better bet for research.

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