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Surf Canyon for IE

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 12, 2009

Teaching your search engine to return results more focused on your online habits and preferences is a bit easier with this Internet Explorer add-on. By clicking on its results, Surf Canyon "learns" your preferences and focuses subsequent searches accordingly.

Surf Canyon loads into the IE search field at the right end of the URL bar along the top of IE's window. Accessing it is simply a matter of selecting it from the drop-down list of search engines built into the field. It functioned well in our tests, returning results quickly. We liked that by clicking the icon Surf Canyon posted beside each result's link, we opened a cascading set of similar or related links that in other search engines would have been buried on subsequent pages of results. By narrowing the focus of the results in this way, the search engine returns more useful results and "learns" from the user's behavior how to return better results in subsequent searches.

Any level of user will appreciate the ease of use this free search engine offers, and anyone looking for a change in search engine will want to give Surf Canyon a try.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.4.0

Version 5.4.0 includes unspecified updates.


Release January 7, 2015
Date Added January 6, 2015
Version 5.4.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Internet Explorer


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Developer's Description

Find stuff faster on Google, Yahoo! and Bing by digging out search results from as deep as page 100. Surf Canyon automates the discovery of relevant results buried in the search pages on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. It also adds image previews to Craigslist. Simply enter your query at one of these search engines as you always would. When you click a result that appeals to you, the extension automatically re-ranks the result set in order to bring forward what you need while suppressing what you don't want. 'Recommended' results can come from as deep as page 100. Settings and customizations are available at our website. Check out the 'Odometer' to see how much mileage you're getting out of Surf Canyon. 'Surf Canyon is one of the best search tools I've seen for some time. You may quote me on that.' - Mark Gibbs, Network World. 'If you like the idea of more personalized Web searches... you might like Surf Canyon... Surf Canyon worked well for me with multiple search engines, retrieving data from result pages I likely wouldn't have opened... your days of futile Web searching are numbered.' - The Mossberg Solution, Wall Street Journal.
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