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Why "about:config keyword:URL" no longer blocks sites not wanted?

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Why "about:config keyword:URL" no longer blocks sites not wanted?

This string in the keyword:URL used to block unwanted results from the address bar search "http://www.bing.com/search?q -wikipedia -MSN -MSNBC -huffingtonpost -huffington -ehow -eHow -wikipedia -MSN -MSNBC -huffingtonpost -huffington -ehow -eHow" Since two or three updates ago it no longer blocks those results, any idea what Firefox has changed and how to work around it?

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Site Moderator

Re: Why "about:config keyword:URL" no longer blocks sites not wanted?

hello don544, the keyword.url preference has been dropped in firefox 23 and above - you'd have to use an extension in order to restore it: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/keywordurl-hack/

New User

Re: Why "about:config keyword:URL" no longer blocks sites not wanted?

Thanks but that add on does not work for me,guess I will have to go back to IE

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Re: Why "about:config keyword:URL" no longer blocks sites not wanted?

In Firefox 23 versions and later the keyword.URL pref is no longer supported and it is no longer possible to specify the search engine for the location bar via the keyword.URL pref.

The search engine that is used on the location bar and on the about:home page is the search engine that is selected in the search Bar on the Navigation Toolbar.

You can install the Keyword Search extension to specify with search engine to use for the location bar and which search engine to use for the about:home page via the Options/Preferences windows of this extension, accessible via the about:addons page.

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Re: Why "about:config keyword:URL" no longer blocks sites not wanted?

Sorry but it is not the search engine but the blocked results that I want to return to, I have no problem specifying the search engine I wish to use .However as is usual some developer decided to remove a feature I use a lot(as in -wackopedia) ,for what reason I can not begin to imagine. But since I still am able to automatically block results from wackopedia and puffington with Internet Explorer I will continue to use same.