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Google search links stopped working

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.

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Re: Google search links stopped working

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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Re: Google search links stopped working

Hi,

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

Regards,

Jyrki

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Re: Google search links stopped working

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?

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Re: Google search links stopped working

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.

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Re: Google search links stopped working

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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Re: Google search links stopped working

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

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Re: Google search links stopped working

This works. Thanks.

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You are welcome Smiley Happy

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Re: Google search links stopped working

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