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How to set local Google as the default search engine, not google.com

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I live in Ireland and want the search in the toolbar to use Google.ie and not Google.com. I checked other search engines in the addons and .ie is not there, neither is .co.uk. Before the last update the search defaulted to Google.ie but not any more.

I live in Ireland and want the search in the toolbar to use Google.ie and not Google.com. I checked other search engines in the addons and .ie is not there, neither is .co.uk. Before the last update the search defaulted to Google.ie but not any more.

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the-edmeister
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Change in Firefox 40 to 'protect' the default search engines from being overridden by Malware. I lost 2 custom Google search engines where the "ShortName" was the same as the default Google search engine. I was able to edit the "ShortName" in the google.xml files in the /searchplugins/ folder in my Profile folder to get them working again.

Or you can just install a new search plugin for Ireland specific searches. http://mycroftproject.com/search-engines.html?name=Google+IE Scroll down to 11. Major Search Engines Three to choose from. The first one shown - by Mycroft Project - installed fine for me just now.

Change in Firefox 40 to 'protect' the default search engines from being overridden by Malware. I lost 2 custom Google search engines where the "ShortName" was the same as the default Google search engine. I was able to edit the "ShortName" in the google.xml files in the /searchplugins/ folder in my Profile folder to get them working again. Or you can just install a new search plugin for Ireland specific searches. http://mycroftproject.com/search-engines.html?name=Google+IE Scroll down to '''11. Major Search Engines''' Three to choose from. The first one shown - '''''by Mycroft Project''''' - installed fine for me just now.