How-To Geek

Create a Search Filter List in Google Chrome

Are you tired of unwanted and/or non-relevant results cluttering up the search results at Bing, Yahoo, and Google? With the Search Filter extension for Chrome you can easily remove the unwanted “chaff” from your search results.

Note: The extension only works on Bing, Yahoo, and Google at this time.


For our example we conducted a search for “anime wallpapers” at Yahoo Singapore, Bing Singapore, and Google. In each set of results we decided to focus on results that would display either a yellow or red warning color from WOT. You can see our targeted result for Yahoo Singapore…


The one for Bing Singapore…


And the targeted result from Google.


Search Filter in Action

As soon as you install the extension you should take a quick look at the “Options”. At first the “Filters List Area” will be empty but will not remain so for long as you create your own filter list.

The second part may or may not be of interest to you…the ability to opt into the filter service. If you opt in your filter list will be connected to your “Google Account” and will be available on any of your Chrome installs with the extension installed (and set to “Opt In”). Keep in mind that if you choose this option the filter list that you create will be aggregated anonymously and have a GUID number attached to it.


After installing the extension we refreshed each of our three search pages…notice the small red circle button beside each search result link.


Clicking on the red circle button will cause the entire browser window area to “shade out” temporarily while you decide between adding that website to the filter list or cancelling the action.


If you add a website to the filter list that result will immediately disappear from the search results list without refreshing the webpage. Looks like we have another website at the bottom that we could add to the filter list… Click, click, click!


After adding one website from each of the three search services you can see that our filter list has gotten off to a nice start. If for some reason you accidentally add a website to the list or change your mind about a website simply click on the red circle button to remove that particular listing.



If you are looking for an easy way to create a search filter list then this is definitely an extension that is worth taking the time to look at.


Download the Search Filter extension (Google Chrome Extensions)


Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/23/10

Comments (7)

  1. Ryan Dozier

    This comes in handy especially if you are looking for relevant information. I really hate it when you search for something you get everything else but what you really wanted. To bad the search engines don’t figure that stuff out from the get go.

  2. nrew

    doesn’t work, I feel like I’m clicking on something that doesn’t respond. I tried it on bing and google but does not work. Is this extension only limited in the us? is the version of my chrome

  3. Asian Angel

    @nrew – As far as I know there should be no limitations for locale…two of the three that I used in the article were Asian locales. I am wondering if there is a conflict with another extension perhaps?

  4. nrew

    @aa:here are the extensions that I use:
    I’m also using opendns. Is there an extension like this in firefox?

  5. Matt Sieker

    As the author of SearchFilter, I found out about this article from the Analytics page for the site. I must say I’m flattered.

    @nrew, development was done with v5 of Chrome. I shall dig up a v4 version and try it out under there.

    On a side note, I need to make the site less ugly, and fix the stupid footer. At some point, I’m going to add a feature to download the top list of spammy domains and run it along side the users filters.

  6. Asian Angel

    @nrew – After looking around for a bit I did not see an equivalent extension like this for Firefox. :(

  7. Matt Sieker

    @nrew – Maybe I’ll do that next. Never looked into doing that before. Hopefully it’s about as simple as Chrome extensions.

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