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I no longer have the firefox Included search engines preloaded, where can I go to download those add-ons?

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Had some computer difficulties. After some fixes I couldn't connect to the internet through Firefox. Found problem and fixed it, but not before reseting my firefox as a possible fix. Now I'm missing the preloaded Included search engines. In the window "Manage Search Engines", I no longer have any preloaded search engines. I can download one as an add-on, but I dont want to fish through all the different ones out there. I just want the searches that Firefox had pre-loaded. Is there a way to redownload and install those search engines for the toolbar without removing and reinstalling Firefox? Can I be directed to the links for those specific "what should be pre-loaded" add-ons to add them manually?

Had some computer difficulties. After some fixes I couldn't connect to the internet through Firefox. Found problem and fixed it, but not before reseting my firefox as a possible fix. Now I'm missing the preloaded Included search engines. In the window "Manage Search Engines", I no longer have any preloaded search engines. I can download one as an add-on, but I dont want to fish through all the different ones out there. I just want the searches that Firefox had pre-loaded. Is there a way to redownload and install those search engines for the toolbar without removing and reinstalling Firefox? Can I be directed to the links for those specific "what should be pre-loaded" add-ons to add them manually?

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Do you still have the xml files of the default search engines in the searchplugins folder in the Firefox program folder?

  • (32 bit Windows) C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\
  • (64 bit Windows) C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\

If not then you need to reinstall Firefox.

You can find the latest Firefox release in all languages and for all Operating Systems here:


If they are there then delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder
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The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.


Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: ''This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.'' To Reset Firefox do the following: #Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information. #Click the "Reset Firefox" button. #Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish. #Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied. Further information can be found in the [[Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!
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Do you still have the xml files of the default search engines in the searchplugins folder in the Firefox program folder?

  • (32 bit Windows) C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\
  • (64 bit Windows) C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\

If not then you need to reinstall Firefox.

You can find the latest Firefox release in all languages and for all Operating Systems here:


If they are there then delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder
Do you still have the xml files of the default search engines in the searchplugins folder in the Firefox program folder? *(32 bit Windows) C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ *(64 bit Windows) C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\ If not then you need to reinstall Firefox. You can find the latest Firefox release in all languages and for all Operating Systems here: *Firefox 18.0.x: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all.html ---- If they are there then delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder: *Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder

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Yes! I had the .xml files, then I found the "search.json" file and deleted it. All is restored. Thank you so much for the help!

Yes! I had the .xml files, then I found the "search.json" file and deleted it. All is restored. Thank you so much for the help!