@sacksniff So maybe to explain how searx works.
Searx is meta search engine. What does it mean? It means it aggregates results from all types of search engines (google, yahoo, duckduckgo, bing etc). This means that none of those search engines can track you or build a profile about you as its the search.disroot.org creating the requests. So the profile they make is pretty much useless as we appear to them as a schizophrenic with multiple personalities. No data about you besides the query itself is leaked to any of those search engines. And this is what is awesome about it.
Now for some background about why google started blocking us.
Since our instance is public and listed on various websites as recommendation, a lot of bots, crawlers and others that use searchengines to for example manipulate search result positioning, abuse things like searx. Not only they can hide their id behind, they also cover number of engines in one query (because searx is awesome). This means that we (our searx instance) do ton of queries. We do impose some form of rate limits etc, but obviously this has not been efficient enough recently. All public instances that are listed around (meaning abused by this kind of activity) recently have been permanently banned by google. Google bans IPs that do a lot of queries temporary to fight abuse which in their eyes we do. To fight it, we though we would switch off default google search results as they were broken and not working. This prevents abusers on our instance from utilizing it as they would have to set it up in preferences (probably at some point they will realize this and do it though). Now because we are not creating tsunami of requests to google, we have been unblocked. Users then can re-enable google search results (if they so desire) by going to Preferences (you should check it out as you will find a lot of interesting search engines, themes etc to tweak).
(damn peak did not catch my mouse pointer, but i guess you figured what i meant)