Restore Default Address Bar Search Settings in Firefox

Firefox, geeks loveliest browser is also one of my favorite browser. Firefox has a very intelligent address bar, that can predict URL’s better than any other browser in the market. All of you also know that from the address bar itself we can perform search queries. By default, Firefox address bar uses Google to search for user queries. Sometimes, this address bar settings are hi-jacked by toolbars and other softwares. They change the default Google search into other. In my case, after installing DAP the default search changed from Google.com to search.speedbit.com. In this article I’ll show you how to restore the default address bar search settings.

In order to restore the address bar search settings to default, open your Firefox and follow the below steps.

  1. Type about:config in address bar and hit Enter. A warning will be shown to you, don’t panic just press “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
  2. In Filter box, type keyword.
  3. Right-click on keyword.URL and select Reset.

Restore Firefox search settings to GoogleYour browser address bar search settings are now reverted back to default Google Search.

Update (13th June, 2011) :

Sometimes toolbars are so intelligent that they even change the default Google search string into blank. So, under value column if you see nothing even after resetting it, then you need to manually insert the Google search string. In order to do that, right click on Keyword.URL, and click Modify. A new window will be opened, now in that window, enter this string

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

and click OK.

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