▶ Firefox is one of the most loved browsers in the world.
▶ The default search engine of the address bar in Firefox is Google.
▶ Sometimes, installing of certain softwares or add-on result in some crapware/malware changing the default search engine to some other crap search engine.
▶ This article will help you change back the Firefox address bar search to any search engine of your choice.
Firefox is one of the most loved and widely used browsers around the world.
It is a free and open source web browser, that is the reason why people go for it .
It is completely compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and some of the Linux flavours.
Even though it was in the second spot right after IE, Google Chrome has recently pipped Firefox and sent it to the third spot. Firefox now approximately has around 24% of worldwide usage share of web browsers.
In some of the nations, even today, Firefox is the most popular browser having more than 70% share among the other browsers in use.
Well, many of us have been using Firefox browser for years now but know very less about it. So just gave a brief introduction.
This article comes straight from my recent experience with a add-on on Firefox and how it screwed up my browsing experience.
What actually happened?
By default, the address bar search engine in Firefox is Google.
This means that any search phrase that you enter in the Firefox address bar gets sent to Google Search which returns either a direct hit or a search results page.
But there are certain applications or add-ons which change the default address bar search engine in Firefox.
Well, this is what happened a week back. I wanted to watch a video on Veoh.com. Generally, videos on Veoh are a 5 minute preview if you don’t have their web player installed on your computer.
So, I just downloaded their web player and started installing it. During installation it asked me whether I wanted to change my search engine to search.conduit.com, but I clicked on no, in spite of that, it changed the default search engine of all my 3 browsers – Firefox, Chrome and Opera to search.conduit.com.
Now this is what we call hijacking. Just Google this – “Conduit Search”, you will find hell lot of complaints about Conduit hijacking browsers.
I was used to typing in the address bar for searching, but now, I used to get the results from Conduit. The interface is awkward and the results are irrelevant too. It was obvious, I started hating it just hours after using.
I immediately removed the Veoh Web Player add-on or extension from all the browsers but my Firefox continued to show me results from Conduit whenever I searched via the address bar.
I couldn’t bear it anymore and wanted to get rid of it as quickly as possible. And I did that. How? Take a look at the simple steps below.
Steps to change Firefox address bar search engine
1. At first, type about:config in the Firefox address bar. First time users need to verify that they are careful about making the changes, others will see the configuration parameters right away.
2. Now, type keyword.url next to the search in the filter field, this should return one result as seen in the snapshot below.
3. Just double-click on the keyword.URL line and enter the search provider you need in the form that opens up.
If you want Google as to be your search engine, then you need to enter:
If you want any other Search engine like Bing, Yahoo or even Twitter, then, type
You can have any search engine you want set as your default address bar search engine on Firefox.
I hope this article will definitely help you someday. The day when you are dumbstruck like me by a hijacker malware like conduit.
There are many programs on the Internet which bundle such crapware/malware programs along with other software applications. So, you need to be careful while you download and install such applications.
Also, there are a few Internet users who prefer to have a different search engine as the default in Firefox. The simple steps described above should certainly help even those guys.