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How do I get rid of AVG search?


By far the most useful feature of Firefox was being able to type in a general term for a web site and being taken straight to that web site. Say I wanted the BBC webiste I simply typed "BBC" into the address bar and hit enter and it would take me straight to "www.BBC.co.uk". Now, with version 4.0, I get the highly irritating AVG search powered by google and I simply can't get rid of it. I don't have AVG installed, I've disabled all add-ons and started Firefox in Safe mode and its still doing it. Please tell me how I can get back the best feature Firefox had over its competition?

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:2.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0

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Well, I've googles this to death (via AVG search! I had no choice!) and I've tried everything on the internet. Its amazing how such a simple thing is so complicated to fix. I'm using Windows XP and had AVG11 Installed but have now uninstalled it. I've ran out of options. How can I get rid of AVG search? Thanks

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To get the Firefox 3.6 behaviour on Firefox 4 you need to change a hidden preference.

  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, double-click on it and change its value to the link shown below


If you prefer, you can also do this by installing the Browse by Name extension - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/browse-by-name