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.


Samuel is an avid lover of Softwares and web services. He love sharing useful tech-related stuff with others.

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39 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    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 says:

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

  3. giedrius says:

    thanks, worked !!!

  4. Jeff says:

    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. goldengel says:

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

  6. Jim Carrico says:

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

  7. David says:

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


    • Samuel says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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. :)

  12. Dont says:

    thanks buddy it was great help !

  13. Dont says:

    thanks buddy it was great help !

  14. C Pyper says:

    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 says:

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

  16. Krudy707 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  20. Guest says:

    Thank you for the instructions!

  21. Stick says:

    Thanks (Ask) had hijacked my firefox.

  22. Tito says:

    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 says:

    It worked with Firefox 5.0.1

  24. Aashish says:

    Thanks!! this worked..

  25. Brandi says:

    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. Chris W. says:

    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!

  27. J says:

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

  28. sandy peralta says:

    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 says:

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

  30. Swarup says:

    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. says:

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

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