YaCy, the free peer-to-peer search engine, states that it does not have any intention to challenge Google. It only seeks to provide an alternative approach to web search on the Internet.

This free search engine works on the principles of peer-to-peer network. Each YaCy user has an individual search index and ranking, which is a part of a large search network. The user can create a customized search portal with full privacy of the content searched. There is no control over any central entity, which leads to better search results.

YaCy search engine has been drawing a lot of attention for its unique search process. Media is portraying it as a challenger to the major search engines like Google, Bing, etc. However, Karsten Gerloff, president of the Free Software Foundation of Europe denies any competitive motif behind creating YaCy, “YaCy isn’t a challenge to Google, and is a long way from becoming one. It’s not even intended to challenge Google. What it is is a new, exciting approach to web search that empowers users.”

Speculations will continue to circulate but one cannot deny the search engine’s useful features. It can prevent fraud and spam in the results as it performs link verification of the sites. Before the content is loaded and parsed, every link is verified in the result. However, this process can make the search results a lot slower. This is due the fact that YaCy uses a network of peer home computers rather than supercomputers that are being used by the other major search engines.

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