Odd Google URLs

This morning I noticed an odd addition to the Google URL whenever I’d click my Home button.
https://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=ssl&ei=OP8BVPzmC4rm9Aaf6YGIDA
https://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=ssl&ei=Ov8BVPXbNtHe8gbbpoDQCg
https://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=ssl&ei=Xv8BVK_qNIrm9Aaf6YGIDA
https://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=ssl&ei=j_8BVISkFNGf8QbPkIGYCg
https://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=ssl&ei=4_8BVNPsFISd8Aat4oCIBw

The part I hadn’t seen before was: gfe_rd=ssl&ei= with the code following.
(Others report seeing gws_rd=cr&ei=)

A bit of searching showed me this site:
https://deedpolloffice.com/blog/articles/decoding-ei-parameter

Basically it boils down to a timestamp of when the search was done. There may be more to it, but that was the best explanation.

After doing some searching for other search engines I might switch to, the home button now yields
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl

Back to normal… Hmm.

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