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First, set your Firefox start page to “https://duckduckgo.com/” under Tools | Options | General | Home page. Unlike Google and Bing (Microsoft), DuckDuckGo does not track you.
Here’s how to remove Bing as your Firefox Default search engine.
If you’re reading this article, you probably already have Firefox open. If not, load it up!
Locate your Firefox address bar. This is the box at the top of your page where you type in your searches, NOT the Google search bar that you might occasionally use.
Type the following into the address bar:
Type it EXACTLY the way shown above. Do not improvise or type it the way that YOU think it should be typed. Do not add commas, parentheses or quotation marks. You’re serious about getting Google back as your default search engine, right?You’ll see a scary warning that says, “This might void your warranty!”.Ignore it, and click on the little box that says, “I’ll be careful, I promise!”.After you promise to be careful, Firefox will take you to a page full of intimidating computer stuff. Don’t waste time looking around, and DON’T mess with anything!There will be a filter bar at the top of your page. The filter bar looks exactly like the box you use to search for websites using IE, Firefox, or Google.In the filter bar, type in:keyword.URLAgain, type it in EXACTLY as shown. Do not add commas, quotation marks, or parentheses.Double click on “keyword.URL”.A window (if you aren’t familiar with computer jargon, a window looks like a small box) will open up.Using your backspace or delete key, erase the text in the window.Replace the text with the following:http://www.google.com/webhp?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
The “http” part is not optional. Type it exactly as shown above.Click OK, and say adiós to Bing! – ehow
Updated. If you see no Keyword.URL then get this add-on to bring back the ability to change this. (I swear the Web is going to hell in a hand-basket… and by that I mean corporations are winning over what people really want. Damn you Bing!)
Since Firefox 23 the keyword.URL preference lost its purpose. However with it an interesting feature of the awesomebar got lost as well, because it is now impossible to use a different search engine for it and the search box.If your profile is missing keyword.URL (note the uppercase!) you might want to use this value
"http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=". Otherwise every other string that used to work should also still work.The approach in which this addon brings back the old behavior is indeed a very ugly hack (see also the name), so it can occasionally happen that other features related to search break. At this point this addon is supposed the be strongly considered experimental.
Did you just open Firefox to find the Search Helper Extension and Bing Bar had been installed even though you didn’t install them? Well, you’re not crazy. Microsoft’s latest Windows Update KB982217 installs these in Firefox for everyone who’s previously used Windows Live Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, Windows Live Essentials or the Bing Bar. These extensions make Bing your default search engine and add other functionality. If you’d like to remove these and change your search provider back, the rest of this article will explain how to do that.Note: This is not to be confused with the Search Helper – Enhance Google extension which lets you open Google search results in multiple tabs.
Remove the Bing Bar from both Firefox and Internet Explorer
(The uninstaller doesn’t give you the option of only removing it from one browser)
- From the menu at the top of the Firefox window, select File and then select the Exit menu item.
- From the Start menu, select Control Panel and open Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows Vista or Windows 7)
- Select Bing Bar from the listed programs and click Remove (Windows XP) or right-click and select Uninstall (Windows Vista or Windows 7)
- Follow the steps in the Bing Bar uninstaller.
Virus: An unwanted computer program that installs itself without your permission and makes itself difficult to remove. Hey Microsoft, if you want to slow down a web browser, and make it less secure, do it to your own browser, Internet Exploder. Leave Firefox alone!