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Is there any extension for a browser that allows you to change the structure of links in google search, so that it doesn't look like this:

http://www.google.com.ph/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intowindows.com%2Fdownload-vlite-for-windows-7%2F&rct=j&q=vlite%20for%20windows%207&ei=mb66TOn4HYumvgP0kPW3DQ&usg=AFQjCNFj7Vo_pgyHyqoCC31j9jpeeJwd-Q&cad=rja

If what I want to do is just to copy the link from a google search? So that when I right click and copy link address, I will only get something like this: http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/

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I've found it on makeuseof before but I forgot to bookmark it, and now I can't find it. I think its a userscript –  soul Oct 22 '10 at 2:23

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This can be done with a GreaseMonkey script:

Afterwards, you will be able to copy URLs directly from the Google search results.

If you are using Google Chrome and do not have (or want to install) Greasemonkey, you may follow these steps instead:

  • Visit Scrub Google Redirect Links. Click "Install" button. It will download the Javascript file to your computer.
  • In Chrome, open Tools -> Extensions. Drag and drop the file you downloaded in the previous step to complete installation.
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Google/Yandex search link fix 1.4 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-search-link-fix/

Install Googlebarlite if any problems with Google search bar. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/googlebar-lite/

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There is a Chrome Extension to do this: Remove Google Redirection

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There is a Firefox extension to do this: Google Redirects Fixer

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This sort of works for me, but not totally correctly. I have to do "Copy link location" twice; only after the second time do I get the cleaned-up URL. –  Ben Crowell Jul 21 at 21:51
    
I didn't notice that until you pointed it out. To be fair to the author, he explains why it works that way in the comments. I also noticed that he does say that if you copy the URL into a new tab then this addon will intercept the URL and change it to the correct one before the network request is made. –  Richard Jul 21 at 21:58

You can right-click the Omnibar and select 'Edit search engines...' to change what your search URLs look like. A simple Google search looks like this: http://www.google.com/search?q=%s

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This is completely irrelevant to the question. –  Mei Jan 18 '12 at 1:15

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