Thanks to all the Voats that contributed to this thread:
Search engines besides (((DuckDuckGo)))?
Based on your recommendations I switched from Opera/DuckDuckGo to Waterfox/Searx.me. I dug the VPN in Opera but alas that was probably just a scam by the Chinese developers to make me feel safe on that platform. Soooo...
Waterfox users, what are some of your favorite addons for this browser? Adblockers and VPNs are always a plus.