Startpage.com Going Downhill
I suspected this would happen.
Some months ago startpage.com was sold to System1. An advertising company. Promises were issued about protecting user privacy. Nobody seemed to notice that no promises were made about advertising.
Recently I performed a search request from the Firefox search box. The resulting page greeted me with three menus that took most of the screen on my Lenovo T400 14 inch laptop screen. The menus were
All regions, and
Eventually I found the problem. I needed to configure NoScript to allow the bane of the web for startpage.com. After that configuration the menus collapsed to drop-down menus.
I continued my search. I noticed the first three results were advertisements. I had never seen that before.
I understand the advertising for generating revenues. The ads easily could be off to the side. Showing ads as an inline search result?
Perhaps a search engine should — I don’t know — return search results?
The web continues to devolve into a well used septic tank.