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right click search selected text on duckduckgo html results in plaintext "forbidden" response

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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, 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:

Change your default search settings in Firefox

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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:

almonds

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.

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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.

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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:

Change your default search settings in Firefox

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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?

Replacement: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/wikipedia-context-menu-search/

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:

https://www.jeffersonscher.com/sumo/extensions.php#q=wikipedia%20search