Frequently Asked Questions

About Dogpile

What is Metasearch?

Metasearch means instead of getting results from one search engine, you'll be getting the best combined results from a variety of engines, and not just any engines, but industry leading engines like Google and Yahoo!. Who knew one search engine could do so much? We did. In fact, we published a study about how little search results overlap across the various search engines (less than 1%) and how metasearch provides a better Web search experience. Click here for full study.

Don't take our word for it. Dogpile was ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Powers and Associates in 2006 and 2007. Dogpile is easy to use, providing better results with more coverage of the Web, and you don’t need an advanced degree to make it work. All you do is enter your search and click "Go Fetch!". The great results will take care of themselves! Search more engines, get the best results from more of the Web and do it all easily. That's what metasearch is all about!

Search more engines, get the best results from more of the Web and do it all easily. That's what metasearch is all about!

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Does Dogpile include paid listings with search results?

Yes. Dogpile's results include sponsored (paid) listings for some keywords. Results are always listed in order of relevance, so if a sponsored listing is thought to be a good match for your search, it will be returned. Sponsored listings are always clearly marked with a "Sponsored" label or similar designation to make it clear when a sponsored result is being returned.


Using Dogpile Search

What are the different sections on the Search results page?

Here are the various pieces of a Dogpile results page and a brief description of what each component does:

  • Category Links - Links to help you focus your search on specific categories like News, Audio, etc.
  • Yellow Pages - Allows you to do a search using the Yellow Pages.
  • Web Search Box - The area where you enter your search term. Enter your keyword(s) and hit the Search button to retrieve your results.
  • Search Button - The button you press to search for results.
  • Preferences - Links to a page where you can set a variety of customized search preferences.
  • Spelling Correction - Offers suggested spellings for words that may be misspelled and automatically corrects commonly misspelled keywords.
  • Search Filter - Blocks potentially explicit content for multimedia searches in Moderate setting and for all searches when in Heavy setting.
  • Statistics Bar - Shows how many results were returned for your search term.
  • About Results - Find out about Dogpile's policies regarding sponsored and non-sponsored search results.
  • IntelliFind™ - Recommends additional content based on your original search term.
  • Are You Looking For? - Offers suggested spellings for words that may be misspelled and other search keywords that seem to be related to your original search term.
  • Recent Searches - Keeps track of your 15 most recent searches. The list resets when the browser is closed.
How can I improve my search accuracy when looking for images, audio, video, or news results?

You can search for these specific categories of results by clicking on the corresponding links at the top of the search page. You can also refine your search within each category by using the Advanced Search option. For example, when searching for an image, you can filter for specific image color, size, or file format. Audio and Video searches can be filtered for playtime or file format. And news searches can be filtered by news category, location, date or source

What is IntelliFind™?

IntelliFind™ is additional search content that Dogpile has identified as being relevant to your search term. The purpose of this content is to help you find your answers and results more quickly. The related content area will be displayed in the area above your search results.

How does IntelliFind™ work?

IntelliFind™ helps to bring you the most relevant results quickly and easily. IntelliFind™ compares your search term to data from top media content providers. Based on the overall popularity of what you entered in the search box, the tool then tries to match it to things like movie titles, musician names, or seasonal items and recommends relevant matching content.


Search Preferences

How can I change my search preferences?

The Preferences section allows you to customize your search based on your preferences. These settings remain in place until you change them.

How do I filter out Adult Content from my searches?

Adult content can be filtered from your search results, by changing your Preferences settings. To do so: Visit the Preferences page. Select the level of filtering you want (Heavy, Moderate, None) from the list in the Search Filter section and click Save Settings. Heavy Filter will filter out as much adult content as possible. Once you have set the filter to Heavy, it will remain on Heavy until you change your settings. Results for filtered searches are only provided by partners who provide filtered results.


Recent Searches

What does the Recent Searches feature do?

The Recent Searches area allows you to view your previous search terms and then click to retrieve past results quickly without having to re-enter in your search terms into the search box. Just click any link in your Recent Searches area to see the results for your last fifteen searches.

Can anyone else access my Recent Searches information?

While you have your browser open anyone you let use your profile on your computer can see this information. The information for these searches is stored for a limited period of time while you have your browser open. Once you close your browser, your recent searches list will be cleared. If you wish to clear your recent searches without closing your browser, click the blue “Clear All” under your most recent searches.

Your Recent Searches information is not visible to other computers or other profiles on your computer. Please note that no personal information is saved or shared at any time. For more information on how we handle any personal information please read the complete Dogpile Privacy Policy.

Can I change the number of keywords stored in my Recent Searches area?

No, the number of keywords is consistently set at this time.

Can I turn off the Recent Searches feature?

Yes. Go to your preferences page and select the "Recent Searches Off" option in the Recent Searches area.


Dogpile Toolbar

What is the Dogpile Toolbar?

The Toolbar is a free application that sits on your Internet browser and offers you a convenient way to search for internet content using the innovative metasearch technology.

Will the toolbar install spyware, adware or malware on my computer?

No. The Toolbar is free from spyware, adware and malware.

What operating systems and browsers is the Toolbar compatible with?

The Toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows, and Firefox on Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

Do I have to pay to download and use the toolbar?

No. The Toolbar is 100% free to use!

I installed the Toolbar, but I still do not see it. What should I do?

If you’re using Internet Explorer: In your IE menu bar, open the View menu, and select "Toolbars." There should be a check mark next to " Toolbar." If there is no check mark, the toolbar is disabled and will not be visible. If it is already checked, IE may not recognize it. Try unchecking it and then checking it again. If you still do not see the Toolbar on your browser, the toolbar is not properly installed. Go back to the Toolbar webpage and try reinstalling it.

If you’re using Firefox: In your Mozilla menu bar, go to the "View" menu and select "Toolbars." Next to the " Toolbar" there should be a check mark. If there is no check mark, the toolbar is hidden. If it is already checked, Mozilla may not be recognizing the toolbar. Try unchecking it and checking it again. If you still do not see the Toolbar, the toolbar is not properly installed. Go back to the Toolbar download page and try installing it again.

How do I uninstall the toolbar?

If you’re using Internet Explorer: Go to the "Start" menu, select "Control Panel," go to "Add/Remove Programs" and remove the Toolbar that you no longer want. Once you have removed the Toolbar, restart your computer.

If you’re using Firefox: Go to "Tools" and click on "Add-ons." Highlight "delete the [xx] Toolbar" and click "Uninstall".

It won't let me install the toolbar!

If you are unable to install the toolbar and are receiving strange errors, you may not have the admin privileges on your computer. Be sure that you are on the computers administrator account. You may need to contact the computers administrator and have them install the toolbar

How can I move the Toolbar to a different location?

If you are using Internet Explorer 6.0, you must first unlock the toolbar before you can move it. To do this, right click on the toolbar and deselect the "Lock the Toolbars" option. Note: You can only move the Toolbar to locations at the top of your browser window. Toolbars cannot be placed on the side or the bottom of the browser window.

How do I search the internet?

Just go to the right of the logo, type in what you want to search for, and hit enter. It will automatically bring up the search results; it's that simple!

I have other questions about the toolbar. How can I find the answer?

For additional help, contact FreeCause support, Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM PST (5PM to 1AM GMT) at 1-877-292-0233 or by e-mailing