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How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

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How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

Before I changed internet service providers, I could type my search queries into the url bar and receive search results from Google. After I switched ISPs, my queries typed into the url bar are put into my new ISP's horrible search engine. How do I change it back?

I've already tried going to about:config and changing the value of the keyword.URL preference to "http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=" but that didn't fix my problem.


New information since creation of the post:

My ISP is Optimum. I have opted out of DNS Assistance and still have seen no change.

When my search term is two words or more, I am directed to Google search results. If my search term is only one word, however, I am still directed to Optimum's search results.

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Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

Hello samshine, try to reset the browser.search.defaultenginename in about:config and check it again.


thank you

New User

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

That didn't fix it either, unfortunately.

All Star

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

Just how did your ISP change your search engine in the address bar? Did you have to install some kind of software in order to connect to it?

New User

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

There was no software to install when I changed ISPs. They "installed" my service on the scheduled day by doing something remotely that allowed our address to have access to their service. Then the next time I opened my browser and typed in a search query, I was taken to their search engine.

New User

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

If it's any help, the ISP I'm referring to is Optimum.

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

It's confusing because when you posted, your address bar search URL was set to Google:

keyword.URL: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

But... lately the URL should go to the secure site, so try resetting it as described in this article: Search the web from the address bar -- "Changing the Internet Keyword service" section.

Any luck?

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

I just re-read your post more carefully and see that you had updated keyword.URL yourself.

Could you check your connection setting and see whether a change there makes any difference? You might need to restart Firefox between changes to have it take effect. In that case, you can use the History menu to restore your previous session and come back to this thread.

Firefox > Preferences > Advanced > Network > "Settings" button

Try "No Proxy" or compare with Safari (as mentioned in this article: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-cant-load-websites-other-bro...).

Any difference?

New User

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

I changed the setting to "No Proxy" and then restared firefox, but I'm still seeing no difference.

Some more information that I'm not sure is relevant or helpful: I have no problem accessing Google in general. It's only when I type search queries into the URL bar that I get sent to Optimum's (formerly Bresnan's) search engine. For instance when I type in "firefox" I get taken here: http://search.bresnan.net/index.php?origURL=http%3A//firefox/&r=

New User

Re: How do I change my default search engine in the URL bar back to Google after my ISP replaced my default search engine with their own?

Also, it seems to only be an issue with Firefox. I tried this out with both Google Chrome and Safari and my search queries are taken to Google when entered into the URL bar.