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 to 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

and click OK.

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  1. Tom
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    This fix only works for a while. Eventually, sometimes hours and sometimes days, the address bar entry uses the search bar search engine.

  2. Marcia
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

    Thanks a lot!
    Now I´m trying to be free of Iminent

  3. Posted January 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    thanks, worked !!!

  4. Jeff
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

    Thanks!! I had found the Spigot extensions (installed surreptitiously by a freeware package) and removed them to stop the continual homepage hijack, but it took this fix to get address bar search back to normal.

  5. Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    Great. Thanks. A sreenshot of the addressbar would be nice of before/after

  6. Jim Carrico
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM | Permalink

    Worked like a charm. Thanks for this extremely useful post!

  7. David
    Posted September 9, 2012 at 1:43 AM | Permalink

    Tried the above fix, but Bing is still firmly entrenched. Thanks for your post…um any more ideas?


    • Samuel
      Posted September 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM | Permalink

      Hi David! The only idea I left with is to : “Reset Firefox to default state”.

      To reset firefox, click on the orange Firefox ribbon button on top-left. Then, hover on Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information. Then a new tab will open. On top-right side, you’ll find an button with name Reset Firefox. Click on it and reset your firefox.

      PS : Click here to read official documentation about Resetting Firefox.

  8. Cindy Gutierrez
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    This did not work for me, my value was blank so I inserted the google address bar URL. Mine must be nasty, I downloaded Kodakeasyshare on my hp laptop, windows 7 but it removed all my search engines from firefox. manage search engine shows appbario9 customized web search and greys out the delete option. Also there is a Truesuite 5.0 add on that shows disabled and there is no disable button. Any help would be appreciated

    • Samuel
      Posted September 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

      Hi Cindy! The above method should work, if you search from address bar. If you want to change the search engine of the search bar (that is beside the address bar) then just click on the icon in the search bar, it’ll bring you a drop down from where you can select Google.

      Tell me, if it works or if you need any more help.

      PS: If there are any toolbars/plugins installed in then remove them.

  9. sicknero
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:59 AM | Permalink

    Excellent, many thanks. A free game changed my address bar search engine to Google Custom Search. Took me all evening to find this fix, then an further ten seconds to implement it.

    Brilliant, cheers.

  10. sicknero
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:57 AM | Permalink

    Many many thanks. I installed a free game, and it hijacked my start page as well as changing the firefox address bar search to Google Custom Search.

    Start page was easily fixed of course but it took me all evening to find this fix for my address bar.

    Excellent, cheers.

  11. Ashwin
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    One of the softwares which I updated installed the AVG toolbar without prompting me, it deleted the keyword.url content.

    Thanks to your post I could reset it. :)

    • Samuel
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM | Permalink

      Glad this helped you Ash :)

  12. Dont
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM | Permalink

    thanks buddy it was great help !

  13. Dont
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM | Permalink

    thanks buddy it was great help !

  14. C Pyper
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM | Permalink

    Thank you, mine got changed by a piggyback toolbar I never opted to install. Excellent guide, clear and easy to follow. Bless you.

  15. Krudy707
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:30 AM | Permalink

    Figured it out. I was still using Comodo’s Secure DNS. All i had to do is reset that to Obtain. Thanks anways

    • Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

      Glad to know that you fixed it yourself.

  16. Krudy707
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:13 AM | Permalink

    so i changed my Keyword.url and Firefox is still using Comodo for its search engine. Ive deleted everything that relates to Comodo in reg also, Ive also tried Uninstalling Firefox. I’m Pretty computer Literate going to school for right now. Please help its driving me nuts. Thanks -Krudy707

  17. Onlyformycraigslist
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

    You just saved may life and made me feel like an internet pro at the same time…I had to add in the google value. Freaking gom player screwed me over because I forgot to un-check the toolbar

  18. phil cheeseman
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Thanks. Was finally able to remove avg safe search from dad’s pc. Even uninstalling AVG didn’t get rid of it. Moziila -How comes its so hard to change – shouldn’t it be an option?

  19. Blah
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 3:39 AM | Permalink

    thank you so much installing aol im decided to make itself my default even though I unchecked the box, jerks.

  20. Guest
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for the instructions!

  21. Stick
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    Thanks (Ask) had hijacked my firefox.

  22. Tito
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

    THANK YOU!! It was so annoying to have some other useless search engine and so frustrating when other websites stopped at “hit reset” and then I had no search engine at all…

    damned veoh and conduit, hooray for sam!

  23. Shashibhushan
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 6:21 PM | Permalink

    It worked with Firefox 5.0.1

  24. Aashish
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    Thanks!! this worked..

  25. Brandi
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:29 AM | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’ve been trying to get the Bing default off my computer for days! I visited the about:config page several times, but was editing the wrong lines. SO GLAD I came across this! Thank you again!

  26. Posted August 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this explanation! I had “mp3tube toolbar” in my Firefox address bar and it drove me nuts. I already knew how to Reset the keyword.URL however I couldn’t think of a way to add Google into it. I tried but knew there would be more to it. Thank you for posting the Google address bar search URL!

    • Samuel
      Posted August 18, 2011 at 10:26 PM | Permalink

      I’m glad it worked for you. By the way, your photography site is amazing! Simply brilliant I’m loving it :D

      • Posted August 20, 2011 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

        Haha thank you as well! Really appreciate you taking a look.

  27. J
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

    thanks, this exactly identified my problem and gave clear instructions, works fine now (my search string was blank)

    • Samuel
      Posted August 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

      I’m Glad to hear that it worked for you J :D

  28. sandy peralta
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Man, this worked great….So hard to find the fix but really easy to do. Thank you very much Samuel, you are the man sir!!!

  29. Angie
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:33 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much, Samuel! I’m finally rid of that useless mp3tube toolbar thanks to your helpful post! Yay Google!

  30. Swarup
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 12:02 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been trying to fix this for a while! And search finally works the way it should.

    Thanks a lot for this useful post Samuel. Much appreciated.


  31. Angelos G.
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much it was so simple but hard to find till I got here.
    I hate bing! = fascists

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