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Solved Bing's front search page links lock (search still works)

January 29, 2013 at 23:31:06
Specs: Windows 7

Bing search front page is locking up. Search is still possible, but none of the clickable links work! The cursor doesn't even change from an arrow to a pointer finger on a mouseover. It's frustrating to lose that capability all of a sudden.

The weird part is that in the few seconds between the lower "bar" rising and docking itself, the links work as normal. Once that bar is in place, the page is dead, save for the direct search capability. The "bar" (for lack of a better word) is that thing that comes up with "Popular Now" "Search History" "Images" etc.

The little nuggets of wisdom for the daily image don't come up either.

Any ideas?

Firefox 18.0.1, Windows 7 32bit.


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January 30, 2013 at 09:30:18

Bing's homepage is powered by JavaScript, so if you're using something that blocks JavaScript, like NoScript, you won't see anything. Try the page though FireFox's safe mode. If the page works like it should, you have an extension that's breaking things.

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#1
January 30, 2013 at 04:47:02

Use Google Search. It's been proved time and time again that Bing Search does not find half as many pages as Google Search, so you miss out on a huge amount of information and resources.

Bing may look more attractive and have some nice features, but it just can't match Google's vast database of websites.


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January 30, 2013 at 08:47:29

phil22: it just can't match Google's vast database of websites.
Do you have a reference, or do you just make it up as you go along?

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#3
January 30, 2013 at 09:17:55

I appreciate the advice to go to Google, phil22, but that really doesn't solve the problem of the Bing page loading. Whichever search engine I'm using, if a page is suddenly not working, I'd like to figure out why.

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January 30, 2013 at 09:30:18
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Bing's homepage is powered by JavaScript, so if you're using something that blocks JavaScript, like NoScript, you won't see anything. Try the page though FireFox's safe mode. If the page works like it should, you have an extension that's breaking things.

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January 30, 2013 at 10:24:04

Yeah, thanks Razor2.3. I scrolled through addons last night, turns out it's the RealDownloader 1.3.0 Firefox extension that was causing the trouble. I have no idea why it was causing the problem... but disabling it makes everything work again.

Thanks for the tip.


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#6
January 30, 2013 at 11:45:11

It is well known that "Real" spyware is a problem to Firefox. It usually says this against their addons and disables them. This has nothing whatever to do with ones preference between Google and Bing search engines

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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