updated Oct 19, 2014: rewritten to reflect existence of
Google search link fix and
Don't track me Google
google has been annoying the crap out of me in the last year or so by rewriting all the links in my search results to total gobbledygook with infinitely long custom google URL prefixes that have an escaped actual target URL tucked at the end. it’s gotten to the point of ridiculous if one needs to hire a cryptologist just to copy-paste a bloody link from google search results into an email!
nowadays the adblockers became good enough that i no longer see the need to bother with Greasemonkey in my browsers - other than for “Straight Google”, that is…
fortunately, since then a pair Firefox and Chrome extensions popped up that revert the google search result links to the way Tim Berners-Lee intended them:
- Firefox: Google search link fix by Wladimir Palant of the Adblock Plus fame.
- Chrome: Don’t track me Google (as of late 2016 also available for Firefox)
<a sigh of relief>