I often find that DuckDuckGo.com gives me different and better search results, not bumping up the junk the way Google does. Also I use Ixquick and Startpage. All three of these do not track your searches, and the latter two are based outside the US for added protection if you worry about NSA watching you. Startpage seems to more closely find the Google stuff. I don't use Google anymore except for the rare specific search types that they provide exclusively.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.