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Firefox won't open any links when I search something. I have to go to Chrome or Safari. Just deleted and reinstalled Firefox but am still having the same problem.

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What's your computer system and Firefox version?

If Firefox not accessing the web at all, or just from the search web page? What search engine are you using? Have you tried a different engine?

Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link} by holding down the <Shift> (Mac=Options) key, and then starting Firefox.

A small dialog should appear. Click Start In Safe Mode (not Refresh). Is the problem still there?

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Thanks for your help!

Firefox is accessing the web.

Firefox won't open links when I use Google as the search engine. Tried using Safe Mode with Google and that worked.

Bing works in regular mode so I'll use that instead of Google. Maybe a few more updates will fix the problem...

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Type about:support in the address bar and press Enter. Under the main banner, press the button; Copy Text To Clipboard.. Now in the Reply Box on the forum page, do a right-click in the box and select Paste.

This will show us your system details. No Personal Information Is Collected.

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Application Basics

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Crash Reports for the Last 3 Days

All Crash Reports Firefox Features

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Name: Form Autofill Version: 1.0 ID:

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Security Software





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Diagnostics AzureCanvasAccelerated: 0 AzureCanvasBackend: skia AzureContentBackend: skia AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: none TileHeight: 1024 TileWidth: 1024 Decision Log HW_COMPOSITING: blocked by runtime: Acceleration blocked by safe-mode OPENGL_COMPOSITING: unavailable by default: Hardware compositing is disabled WEBRENDER: opt-in by default: WebRender is an opt-in feature unavailable by runtime: Safe-mode is enabled WEBRENDER_QUALIFIED: blocked by env: No qualified hardware OMTP: blocked by runtime: OMTP blocked by safe-mode


Audio Backend: audiounit Max Channels: 2 Preferred Sample Rate: 44100 Output Devices Name: Group Soundflower (2ch): SoundflowerEngine:0 Internal Speakers: AppleHDAEngineOutput:1F,3,0,1,2:0 Input Devices Name: Group Soundflower (2ch): SoundflowerEngine:0 System Audio Recorder: com_Perfect_Driver_SystemAudioRecorderEngine:0 Internal Microphone: AppleHDAEngineInput:1F,3,0,1,0:1

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Important Locked Preferences

Places Database


Incremental GC: true


Activated: false Prevent Accessibility: 0

Library Versions

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NSS Expected minimum version: 3.39 Version in use: 3.39

NSSSMIME Expected minimum version: 3.39 Version in use: 3.39

NSSSSL Expected minimum version: 3.39 Version in use: 3.39

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Content Process Sandbox Level: 3 Effective Content Process Sandbox Level: 3

Internationalization & Localization

Application Settings Requested Locales: ["en-US"] Available Locales: ["en-US"] App Locales: ["en-US"] Regional Preferences: ["en-US"] Default Locale: "en-US" Operating System System Locales: ["en-US"] Regional Preferences: ["en-US"]

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You have something called; Hide Unwanted Results of Google Search

Could that be the problem?

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I don't know - will take a look, thanks.

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Does it work to right-click > Open Link in New Tab or Open Link in New Window, or are those also inactive?

Normally Google modifies its results links when you click them to route your request through an "exit" page (for tracking, I think). You can use an add-on to strip off the tracking and see whether that makes any difference:

loneal said

FredMcD said
You have something called; Hide Unwanted Results of Google Search Could that be the problem?

I don't know - will take a look, thanks.

I think it's a Legacy extension that doesn't have any effect in Firefox 57+.

I maintain a user script with similar functionality: