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Google search links stopped working

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What the hell happened? Today I noticed that the links provided by Google search no longer work. If I click a link offered by google search, nothing happens! The same screen is presented. I tested it with both Firefox 10 and Firefox 6. Same result. Only the google previews are available, but the links to the actual source are not clickable.

I also tried the exact same search with IE, and I'm sad to say that the problem is not with Google.

Deactivating Adblock did not change this anomaly.

Chosen solution

Not sure but this seems to be happening on and off when cookies are blocked. It could be that this change hasn't rolled over completely to my region. This add-on seems to help for now and also with cookies off.

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Additional System Details

Sites Affected

http://

Installed Plug-ins

  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Shockwave Flash 11.1 r102
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_21 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.60831.0
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • Adobe Acrobat Plug-In Version 7.00 for Netscape
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:6.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0.2

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Nimi
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Selaintunniste
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Grafiikka
Sovittimen kuvaus
Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
Myyjän tunnus
8086
Laitteen tunnus
2a02
Sovittimen muisti
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Question owner

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion. I just tried it. Didn't help.

Regards,

Jyrki

Question owner

I tried another thing. I have disallowed "google.fi" from setting cookies (I am just generically opposed to cookies, in particular to those that may collect statistics from my browsing habits). This has not affected my ability to click the links coming our google search in the past. Today that has changed, because grudgingly removing "google.fi" from that list of sites seems to have cured the problem. Anyone with inside information about changes at Google's end?

kovu_tlk 0 solutions 2 answers

This most likely has to do with Google's new privacy ToS. I got the same problem starting yesterday. It seems to be Google's way of dealing with merging all your accounts. I have cookies disabled for google.com and google.(insert country here) and I can do google searches and get results. When I hover my cursor over them I get the right link address, when I click the link it turns to gibberish. Using the translate page does however work. Allowing cookies from google fixes the problem. If there is a workaround for this I'd be interested as I don't want to be logged in to google while searching , but do want to be able to use my youtube account and some other services related to google.

Vivek 310 solutions 2084 answers

Chosen Solution

Not sure but this seems to be happening on and off when cookies are blocked. It could be that this change hasn't rolled over completely to my region. This add-on seems to help for now and also with cookies off.

Modified by Vivek

Question owner

Thank you Vivek.Wilfred! Problem solved! I apologize to originally suspecting that the problem might be with FF.

kovu_tlk 0 solutions 2 answers

This works. Thanks.

Vivek 310 solutions 2084 answers

You are welcome :)

RonHK 0 solutions 1 answers

Helpful Reply

With this add on and with Google cookies blocked everything is working. Thank you so much.

Modified by RonHK

mouseonline98 0 solutions 1 answers

Thanks for a very interesting web site. Where else may I get that kind of information written in such a perfect approach? I’ve a venture that I am simply now running on, and I have been on the look out for such info.

Modified by cor-el