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Typing somethng in address bar brings up bing search how do I change that?


I usually type anything in address bar such as dodge viper and under Google search I can find images but lately this has been changing to bing search and I do not like bing so was wondering how to change that?

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Have to uninstall and reinstall firefox to revert it back to Google search again. Want to know how to change it without uninstall and reinstall.

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To revert to the default Google search:

  1. Type about:config into the location bar and press enter
  2. Accept the warning message that appears, you will be taken to a list of preferences
  3. Locate the preference keyword.URL, right-click on it and choose Reset

This will make Firefox show a Google search result page when searching from the address bar. You can change it to the Firefox 3.6 behavior of going straight to the site if there is a clear match by double-clicking on keyword.URL and changing it to the link shown below:


If it still goes to Bing after changing keyword.URL, there will be an add-on that is causing this behavior. To track down what one you can use the procedure in this link - https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Troubleshooting+extensions+and+themes