I recently upgraded Firefox to version 4 and out of no where Yahoo becomes the default. No clue why. It always used to be the Google as default search engine.
Hang on what is the default search engine in Firefox browser?
When you type any search query in the address bar and hit enter you will see Firefox shows search result from Yahoo/Google/Bing depending on the default search engine set in your Firefox browser.
I was thinking that there might be a simple setting somewhere which will allow to change the default search engine but to my surprise it is not so simple.
I had to do a little bit of search to find out how to change default search engine in Firefox browser.
Here is how you do it.
Open Firefox browser and type following in the address bar
It will prompt for with a message, accept the danger and more on.
Next you will see a lit of parameters. In the top Filter enter following and hit Enter
Here you will see the default search engine value. You can set the search engine which you want to use. Google, Yahoo, Bing or you can enter any other search engine.
Restart Firefox browser.
Enter any search query in the address bar and see which default search engine it pickup.
It didn’t work for me. In fact the default search engine set in my Firefox browser was Google. However whenever I entered search query in the address bar it picks up any random search engine from Google/Yahoo/Bing.
This is weired. I thought this would fix the default search engine but it didn’t. May be this setting doesn’t work in Firefox 4?
Or it is some other setting which is overriding the Firefox browser setting?
My next guess was that may be some Add-ons or plugins are causing Firefox to switch the search engine randomly.
So to check what is going on I typed a query string and while hitting fixed my eyes on status bar to see what it shows. When I hit enter it quickly showed ..Conduit … Viola! I found the problem. This is the Conduit search which has hijacked the default search engine. I knew conduit from the past as it was installed as part of some Firefox Add-on.
Next step is to get rid of this nasty Conduit search from Firefox.
I did more research to find out how to remove Conduit search engine from Firefox browser and found many solution. Instead of wasting time in trying them I opted for the quickest solution which is to reset the Conduit search parameters in Firefox configuration.
To do so type following in the address bar again
then filter for followings
It will show all the related parameters. Right click on them one by one and reset.
Restart Firefox browser and you type search query in address bar and you will see Conduit is no more randomizing your default search engine.