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I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

Hi.when i type something in address bar and i hit enter , it must go to google and search for it. but instead of that , it asks to download "search" ! it happen for the search bar at the top right of the firefox too ! and sometimes it happens in the google page ! (when i type and click on the magnifier it just request for downloading "search" ) and "search" has an unknown size ! i have a big problem when i want to search for something. please help.

download request picture :

http://www.4shared.com/photo/FEDvEMi3/Capture.html

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Re: I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

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.

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Site Moderator

Re: I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

This can happen if you have an ad-blocking extension or (security) software that is modifying the HTTP headers and removes GET data (?xxx=xxx) appended to a link to request a specific (ad) file from a server.

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.
New Contributor

Re: I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

I tried all of them. nothing changed.

Site Moderator

Re: I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

Which security software (firewall, anti-virus) do you have?

Try to boot the computer in Windows Safe mode with network support (press F8 on the boot screen) as a test to see if that helps.


Do a malware check with some malware scanning programs on the Windows computer.
You need to scan with all programs because each program detects different malware.
Make sure that you update each program to get the latest version of their databases before doing a scan.

You can also do a check for a rootkit infection with TDSSKiller.

See also:

New Contributor

Re: I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

I have Kaspersky internet security 2013 on my PC. I think its enough for scanning. should i scan with other things?

New Contributor

Re: I have a problem with using the address bar to search.

please someone help.