Default Search Engine Via FireFox Address Bar

November 26, 2010 at 11:11:41
Specs: Windows XP Home 2002, Asrock 2.8GHz / 2 Gb
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I have tried both of the suggestions offered here to remove ask.com as the default search engine when entering a search string in the address bar of FireFox 3.6.

Both suggestions (manually changing the keyword.url in FF about:config and running the utility provided by ask.com) work for a short time. I set FF up to use Google as the default search engine but within "some time" - could be days, could be weeks - it reverts back to ask.com.

There must be some registry entry or some software on my system that keeps changing the setting back to ask.com because when I look at the keyword.url string, it's been changed.

Does anybody have any ideas on where I should look next?

Thanks!

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#1
November 26, 2010 at 12:05:49
In your firefox search box there is a little drop down arrow on the left.
Click on the arrow and select "Manage Search Engines...."

A "Manage Search Engine List" window will open.

Select the one you want to remove and then click on the Remove button.

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#2
November 26, 2010 at 13:46:58
To add to the above suggestion, I simply removed Ask as an optional search engine. I only have Google and Wiki listed now.

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#3
November 26, 2010 at 20:30:11
OK, I've removed ask.com (and a bunch of others) from the list. Now I'll wait and see what happens.

That said, I hope you understand that I was not referring to the search engine field available next to the Address bar. I was referring to what happens when I type a search string directly into the Address bar - where the URL for the site you are viewing appears.

Right now, because I edited the keyword.url this morning, if I type in something like Windows XP a Google page will open with hits. The problem is that something keeps changing the keyword.url setting so that an ask.com page opens instead.

This happens even when the Google search field is showing in the upper right, next to the Address bar.

We'll see what happens.

Thanks!

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#4
November 27, 2010 at 05:03:12
One suggestion I came across (see last link below) said:
Most likely, your network is setup to forward there because your provider gets a cut. Most cable and DSL ISPs do this now. There isn't an easy way around it since they are faking the hit at the network level, essentially telling Firefox that the thing it looked for does exist.

You may also be interested in these links:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewt...
http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...
http://portableapps.com/node/23850

Hope it helps.

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#5
November 27, 2010 at 06:27:47
re:"Most likely, your network is setup to forward there because your provider gets a cut. "

Thanks for the links, a couple of which I've reviewed before.

In my situation, I don't think forwarding by my ISP is the problem. Hijacking the request at the network level wouldn't physically change the keyword.url setting in about:config.

In addition, if it was a forwarding issue, I think it would happen every time, which is not the case. Changing the keyword.url setting in about:config back to Google seems to hold for some unknown amount of time and then the setting gets changed to ask.com.

The second link you provided is not something I had seen before. I've read parts of it, but it 9 (!) pages long, so I'll need a little time to review every post. I'll post back if I find something worthwhile in that thread.

Thanks again.

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