Change default Search Engine in Address Bar

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by JoeMcCarl, May 27, 2009.

  1. JoeMcCarl

    JoeMcCarl Guest

    When I installed IE8 (on Vista) I made Google my default search engine for
    the address bar. My nephew was messing around on my computer and now the
    default search engine is Yahoo and I can't figure out how to switch it back.
    Please help. Note: my default in the "search bar" is still google and
    messing with those settings has not helped.
    JoeMcCarl, May 27, 2009
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    Don Varnau Guest

    Is the Yahoo toolbar listed in Control Panel> Programs and features? If it
    is, uninstall it.

    Option 2... IE> Tools> Manage add-ons, disable the Yahoo toolbar if it's
    - -
    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, May 27, 2009
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  3. JoeMcCarl

    JoeMcCarl Guest

    There is nothing Yahoo related that is listed in the "control panel>programs
    and features" and I already played around in the "Tools>Manage Add-ons" to no
    avail. There is nothing Yahoo related in the "toolbars and extensions" and I
    erased Yahoo from the "search providers" yesterday and changed Google back to
    the default. Unfortunately, that only changes the provider in the search bar
    not the address bar. Searching for google without any key strokes or mouse
    clicks was one of my favorite new features of IE8 and I'm frustrated that my
    browser is using Yahoo, which is a terrible search engine.

    JoeMcCarl, May 27, 2009

  4. I suspect you may be giving us your interpretation of your symptoms
    rather than just an accurate description of the symptoms themselves.

    E.g one possible explanation would be that you could be misinterpreting
    a feature your ISP is providing for invalid DNS lookups.

    ?? What are you using then? thought control? <eg>

    Don't use the Address bar for searching. Use the Search bar for searching.
    E.g. press Ctrl-e and type a search expression that your selected
    search engine will interpret correctly for you.

    Use your Address bar only to find URLs or Favorites that you already
    have stored in your computer. In particular make sure that you have
    a protocol prefix associated with everything you generate there before
    you press Enter. If you want to use old-style search from the Address bar
    make sure you use one of its search keywords (e.g. ? go or find)
    to indicate that. Then your search will go directly to a search engine
    and not involve a trial DNS lookup for a non-existent host name.


    Robert Aldwinckle

    Robert Aldwinckle, May 27, 2009
  5. JoeMcCarl

    JoeMcCarl Guest

    By "key strokes or mouse clicks" I meant strokes or clicks required to get to
    the search bar. I know how to search the old fashion way. I don't want to
    search the old fashion way. IE8 comes with a feature that allows you to
    search your favorite search engine directly from the toolbar, just like
    Mozilla (Firefox) and Google Chrome. Address bars aren't just for URL's and
    protocol prefixes anymore bro. You just open a new tab and start typing.
    You hit CTRL + E, I used to just double tap TAB. When you install IE8 it
    allows you to specify which search engine you want to use. I did that and
    picked google, but my nephew was screwing around with my computer and now it
    defaults to Yahoo (which sucks). I want to know how to switch my address bar
    search function back to Google.

    JoeMcCarl, May 28, 2009

  6. Wrong. That's why you are having problems using the Address bar
    because you are trying to do things with it that it is not designed for.

    Yes. Notice what opens up *under* your typing? That's what you
    should be using when you type, not trying to enter your typing.

    Now you're being unclear. I thought you meant the Yahoo page came
    as a result of your typing in the Address bar. Are you getting a Yahoo
    page after trying to enter search criteria in the search bar too?
    If so, go to Manage Search Providers (e.g. via the Search bar's dropdown
    menu), click on the one which is Default capture its URL and test it from
    the Address bar. Unfortunately it looks as if you have to transcribe it
    rather than capture it. Or perhaps you have Search suggestions enabled
    and what your (unclear) symptoms really indicate is that your DNS doesn't
    know how to resolve its address? In that case click on Disable Suggestions
    and see if you can use the Search bar in the normal way.

    I told you. Assuming you still have search from the Address bar enabled,
    use the ? prefix and add your search criteria there. What host does that go to?



    Robert Aldwinckle, May 28, 2009
  7. JoeMcCarl

    JoeMcCarl Guest

    Have you travelled from to the future from the 90's? Have you ever used
    Firefox or Chrome? Why don't you understand that you can search by simply
    typing into the address bar? It proforms dual functions. It was "designed"
    to do so. Firefox and Chrome have done it from their conception. IE7 and
    previous versions did it in MSN Live Search but now IE8 gives you the option
    of search providers. Do you even use IE8? In previous versions of IE you
    could type "concrete + ENTER" (for instance) and it would do a MSN search.
    Now when I type "concrete + ENTER" it does a Yahoo search. I intially set
    IE8 up to do google searchs. I didn't post the question to discuss what
    previous versions of IE used to do. I just want to know how to switch the
    default search provider utilized from the address bar. If you didn't
    understand that this is a new function of IE8 (that it was designed to do)
    you are not going to be able to help me.

    JoeMcCarl, May 28, 2009
  8. JoeMcCarl

    Andrew Baker Guest

    hey, if you are still interested in a solution and you've had enough of this
    Don character then i think i may be able to help.

    search in your program files for a program called "search settings"

    if it is there, then this is your problem.

    it is a trojan/malware program often downloaded with freeware. and
    automatically reverts your search defaults to Yahoo! search which everyone

    you cannot delete the files straight off the bat, it says you do not have

    1. go to task manager (ctrl+alt+del)
    2. go to processes tab
    3. find "searchsettings.exe" and end process
    4. delete the files

    5. do a full system search for "searchsettings" (no quotation marks)
    6. one file may appear which starts with searchsettings.exe (its a pf or pl
    file or something. dont worry if this doesnt appear its just a cautionary

    7. restart

    8. open IE explorer, windows installer may wish to 'configure' search
    settings 1.2.1 if it doesnt and your computer is back to normal then
    everything is fixed.
    if the windows installer box does appear:

    9. cancel it.

    10. install the following program from microsoft:

    11. once installed, search for the program in start menu and run it.
    12. in the box that appears scroll and find search settings, remove it.

    13. restart the computer, everything should be back to normal, it may take a
    couple of restarts but it should be a-ok. you may now remove windows
    installer clean up.

    Hope all this helps!

    Andrew Baker, Jun 5, 2009
  9. JoeMcCarl

    ji461926 Guest

    It may not be your nephew...There is a microsoft initiative and Norton as well that messes me up quite often.
    ji461926, May 21, 2014
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    Mark F Guest

    How do I set the default to nothing, or, alternatively, a URL that
    points to a local file and does nothing (and how do I set up the file
    that does nothing)?
    Mark F, May 22, 2014
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    SC Tom Guest

    If you want nothing (no web page) as your home page, open IE Properties and
    in the box for the home page, clear anything in it and type in "about:blank"
    without the quotes, then click Apply, OK.

    If you're looking to get rid of the Search bar in IE, go to Tools, Manage
    Add-ons, click on Search Providers, and uncheck the box at the bottom next
    to "Search in the Address Bar."
    SC Tom, May 23, 2014
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