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Address bar search with single word does not work

When I perform a single word search in the firefox address bar, such as 'asdf', 'google' 'test', i get rediredted to sitecrafting.com At first a web logo for sitecrafting shows up but my single word search is still in the address bar. Then after a second or two the sitecrafting.com address appears in the address bar and the screen refreshes to the sitecrafting.com website.

However, if i do a multiple word serch in the address bar, then i get a google search as expected. For instance 'asdf asdf' give me a google search results page for that two worded phrase.

I have done the keyword.url reset. I have uninstalled firefox and removed all profile/preference and then reinstalled. I have tested in safe mode with all addons disabled. None of these have fixed the problem.

Please oh please help me!!!!

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Expert Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

Hello,

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!

Thank you.

Grand Master Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

Legendary Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

If you enter a single word in the address bar, Firefox will try it has a URL (e.g., if you enter asdf, it will try http://asdf/). Your ISP either can honestly report that there is no such domain, in which case it would be referred to Google search, or could return its own search page instead. One of these is more lucrative than the other. :-)

I'm not sure anyone has found a way to force Firefox to send a single word (i.e., a submission with no spaces) to the keyword search service. And many times you will want a "single word" such as google.com to be tried as a domain instead of searched. Maybe there's an add-on that can tell the difference?

New Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

Thank you all for your replys!

I have tried the reset button in Help->Troubleshooting. Does not fix the problem.

I have also installed the Reset plugin without any luck.

I guess I am leaning towards my ISP not responding with the correct domain info. If i do a single word search that begins with a special character such as ';2345', '[sfgn', etc the search works okay. but without a special character first, same issue.

Site Moderator

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

you could try changing to a different dns server on your system, like the one offered by google: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/

New Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

Philipp,

After changing my IPv4 DNS to the google DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4), and verifying with ipconfig, I am still have the save problem. I tried ctrl-shift-del to clear everything, resetting, and safe mode, but still no working search for single word.

Thanks!

Site Moderator

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

does anything related to sitecrafting[dot]com show up when you run a scan with the hijackthis tool from http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt/?

New Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

No, not that I see. Would you like to see the log? I didn't see a way to upload it.

Thanks!

All Star Contributor

Re: Address bar search with single word does not work

Sounds as if you have some malware hijacking your searches. Try these:

If these don't find it or can't clear it, post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help: