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Five free Chrome tools for faster, easier searches

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At a Glance

Wikipedia Search lets you query the Web's massive information site without interrupting your browsing.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Attractive interface

Cons

  • Occasional error messages
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At a Glance

Customize your Google results by removing sites you don't want to see.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Can't customize it on a search-by-search basis
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At a Glance

SearchBar isn't as slick as Google Toolbar, but it’s a worthy replacement if you're using Google Chrome.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Customizable
  • Lets you search various engines

Cons

  • Doesn't integrate into browser seamlessly
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At a Glance

WOT makes it easier to know which sites you can trust and which ones you can't.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Established brand

Cons

  • Crowdsourced results aren't always perfect
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At a Glance

This free Chrome extension allows you to search for text highlighted on a Web page.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Limited customization
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