On Monday, its owner Yahoo sent AltaVista.com to the internet graveyard to rest alongside order-almost-anything venture Kozmo.com and the butler from Ask Jeeves.
Palo Alto, California-based AltaVista was introduced in 1995, three years before Google was founded.
Eclipsed by Google in the early 2000s, AltaVista's star had already faded by the time Yahoo acquired it as part of its $US1.7 billion ($A1.89 billion) purchase of Overture Services in July 2003.
Overture had bought AltaVista earlier that year.
Yahoo announced AltaVista's fate on its Tumblr page late last month.
Search industry expert Danny Sullivan called it "the bright child neglected by your parents" in a blog post eulogising its fate.
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