Removing Games on Google

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Warning: This article requires enabling advanced functionality and should only be attempted by experienced users.


This article describes what steps you must take in order to hide Games from appearing in the Google Search engine.


When you search for certain games on Google (Pacman, Snake etc) they will give you a version to play even if Online Games category is blocked.


In order to remove games from Google searches, you will first need to enable the hidden Advanced functionality of your Smoothwall device.

1. SSH onto your Smoothwall device — see
2. Execute the following command:
echo 1 > /modules/guardian3/settings/ui/blocklist/advanced
3. Next we must create a new category which will contain all Google domains:
a. Go to Guardian > Policy Objects > Categories.
b. Enter a name (for example, Google).
c. Expand the Advanced section.
d. Enter the following under URL patterns:
4. Now we must create a new content modification which will inject some CSS into the head of the page which will be responsible for hiding the adverts on Google:
a. Go to Guardian > Content modification > Content modifications.
b. Enter a name (for example, Remove Google Games)
c. Expand the Advanced section.
d. Enter the following under Page modifications (be sure to include the quote marks):
"(<head>)"->"$1<style>.xpdopen.rYczAc, .duf3 { display: none !important; }</style>"
5. Finally, we need to create a content modification policy to apply our new content modification (Remove Google Games) to our new category (Google):
a. Go to Guardian > Content modification > Policy Wizard.
b. Create your new policy as follows:

Who: Everyone*

What: Google

Where: Everywhere*

Action: Apply Remove Google Games

* Change as appropriate


Once completed, it will take a few minutes for the changes to take effect — you may need to restart your browser in order to see the changes.


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7th December 2017

Jonathan McKeague



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