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right click search selected text on duckduckgo html results in plaintext "forbidden" response
If I select text that I want to search for using DuckDuckGo HTML as my default search engine, I instead get a plaintext "forbidden" result. By comparison, entering the same text in the address bar gives normal search results.
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Hi David, if you compare the URL of the "results" page in each case, what difference(s) do you see? For example:
- Address bar: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=almonds&t=ffab => changes to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=almonds&t=ffab&ia=shopping
- Context: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=almonds&t=ffcm => changes to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=almonds&t=ffcm&ia=shopping
The t= part is a signal from Firefox about where the search was triggered from, when you use the built-in DDG search engine plugin.
I don't get any of that. Whether it's the right-click search or the address bar search, both results just display https://duckduckgo.com/html/ in the address bar.
Modified by David Taylor
Hi David, the built-in DDG search shouldn't use that URL. Could you check the Default search engine selector to see whether the built-in one is an option. This article will get you to that part of the Options page:
Also, could I suggest removing that Wikipedia Easy Search extension, which uses very intrusive permisions, and replacing it with an extension that doesn't have access to all of your browsing?
I realize it's difficult to see permissions on the Add-ons site, so I created an alternate search page which makes them more obvious: