Re: "Plenty of alternatives are available"
There is one alternative available : Bing.
Whether you appreciate it is another matter entirely.
Everything else is either based on Google, or will never, ever return a meaningful result.
And concerning not using Google's services, bollocks to that as well. 99% of todays sites use Google libraries, so not using Google means staying on Microsoft.com or not using the Internet.
That's not a choice.