well as so many I hate the Google instant, but what gets on my nerves is that its impossible to switch off the last 6 month or so, why do they even have that option and why do they want to tell us what to search thats a real pain.
The option to turn it off is well hidden or poorly documented, depending on how you look at it, because once you know where it is, then it's obvious.
In the upper right hand corner of the Google search pages there's a small gear icon, which is Options. Go to Options -> Search Settings (which takes you to Preferences), and then about 2/3 of the way down there are radio buttons for Google Instant.
yes I do set it to turn off, it just dont work, for some Month ago I was able to do that with ex. google.de but never for google.com the last 6 month at least, but the last 3 month its also not possible on google.de
Brett, this has specifically increased Google's earnings. It was one of the positive thing$ mentioned by analysts last earnings call. It drives me nuts, but then Google wants us to be logged on so they track every move we make. And of course they need to squeeze every last penny. Their expenses are increasing drastically and a stock collapse will have to mean more pay in cash for employees.
Like those above mentioned, instant is the main reason we switched to Bing. That and our niche is showing terrible results since Panda and Bings are on par with Googles results circa 2003-4 and that is just fine for what we use search for.