DuckDuckGo (also abbreviated as DDG) is an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by showing all users the same search results for a given search term.
I have to give 1 block since they indeed put ads in their search results. That’s a big trade considering they are all about “search results”. There are better trade-free alternatives out there.
3/5 for the google alternative. Their engagement in advertising makes duckduckgo not trade-free. But unlike google, they don’t collect your data and sell it to advertisers.
And as a side note, you can use an adblocker to block ads from duckduckgo.
Indeed DuckDuckGo will post ads into their search results. See here https://help.duckduckgo.com/duckduckgo-help-pages/company/advertising-and-affiliates/
It’s great search engine, and I’ve been using it as a main “searcher” for the last couple of years. It’s fast, secure, accurate (without filter bubble) and free. I’ve put 4 bars rating, because it still serving you ads, and earns revenue from advertising. Although it’s not aggressive or invasive, I guess it’s their way of making ends meet.