As I have written many times before .... having a web browser automatically go to a website based on a word typed in the URL BAR is a security nightmare. There is no way … (read more)
As I have written many times before .... having a web browser automatically go to a website based on a word typed in the URL BAR is a security nightmare. There is no way to tell what asinine site you will end up on if you miss spell a word.
I have repeatedly removed the ability to search from the URL BAR from my web browser and FF keeps putting it back. Dammit!! My browser, my choice. Leave it alone!
Now the ability to disable it is gone.
Standard answer given:
I don't know what version you were using before, but web searching from the address bar goes back many, many years. And the way to disconnect web search from the address bar remains exactly the same:
(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful or accepting the risk.
(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste keyw and pause while the list is filtered
(3) Double-click the keyword.enabled preference to switch the value from true to false
Now the explanatory line on the drop-down is relatively new; it probably dates back to Firefox 43. That can be hidden but not disabled. And there's really no need to disable it, it just tells you what will happen if you submit the current contents of the address bar.
It is set to false. If a misspelled word is typed in the url bar it goes to a website.
browser.urlbar.unifiedcomplete is not an option anymore - it has been removed.
If I type localhst instead of local host i end up on a Chinese site or a site selling me domains. If FF cant find a domain of the name given - say so - don't send me somewhere dangerous or unknown.