Google Preferences Won't Stick

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by John Hanley, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    My Google preferences won't stick. I change them to what I want, then Save
    Preferences and they will be active as long as I am in the same session.
    But after closing my browser and reopening it for Google the preferences
    return to the default. This problem arose approximately one month ago; prior
    to that the preferences would stick.

    I have tried to solve it by deleting all my cookies and allowing them to
    reset in case they were corrupted, but that did not help. I am using IE7
    under Vista and have it set to accept all cookies.

    Thanks for help.
    John Hanley, Jan 7, 2008
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  2. One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    applications may be disallowing the change(s) to your cookie settings from
    "sticking". These include but are not limited to Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot
    Tea Timer, SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, Norton AntiVirus,
    McAfee VirusScan and/or Antispyware, and Zone Alarm (Free and Pro).
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 7, 2008
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  3. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    Thanks....however I use none of the programs that you list. I use the
    Windows Vista firewall; I use Windows Defender against spyware; I use Avast
    for my antivirus. Do you think any of those might be interfering with my
    cookie settings? I can see the cookies; actually there seem to be about 15
    different cookies with 'google' somewhere in the file name; one of those
    cookies looks like it contains my preferences, but the preferences are not
    used the next time I invoke google.
    John Hanley, Jan 7, 2008
  4. That was a sample list. Windows Defender happens to be another. Try it in
    Safe Mode with networking.
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Jan 8, 2008
  5. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    I have followed the advice in that reference to no avail; cookies are
    definitely enabled; deleting possible corrupt cookie and then going
    again does not resolve the problem. I think this problem may be
    specific to Advanced Search; when I do a regular [not advanced]
    search, it does seem to remember my preferences. Also, if I do one of
    the specialized searches, like Scholar or Product, it also remembers
    my preferences.

    By the way, in my list of cookies, there are currently 11 different
    cookies with names like [email protected][1].txt
    John Hanley, Jan 12, 2008
  6. "Preferences" you use in Google Advanced Search
    ( are never "remembered", by default,
    John. IOW you'll always have to customize searching via that page.
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    AumHa VSOP & Admin

    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 12, 2008
  7. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    PA Bear -- I had not realized that. I was going by what I read on the
    Google Preferences page, where it says: "Global Preferences (changes apply
    to all Google services)". But your answer does explain my experience;
    seems odd that they would not let you keep preferences for advanced search,
    since that is the most powerful and useful form. Thanks.

    John Hanley, Jan 13, 2008
  8. Submit that as feedback?

    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 13, 2008
  9. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    Van -- Well, for reasons I can't exactly explain, my Advanced Search has now
    started remembering my preferences. I have tried setting the preferences
    in so many places, that I may have only just today set them on the Google
    home page at So thanks for the suggestion, and I
    will see how long this lasts!

    John Hanley, Jan 19, 2008
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    Carls Carls Guest

    There is an add-on to Firefox that fixes the problem of disappearing preferences. It's called "CustomizeGoogle" and is at version .76 now.

    In spite of the uninformative name, it's terrific.

    Hope this helps.


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    Carls Carls, Jan 19, 2009
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Is there an add-on that teaches you where to find the correct newsgroup?
    Leonard Grey, Jan 20, 2009
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    Gilbert Guest
    Gilbert, Oct 6, 2010
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    Jack Knoff Guest

    Hey, HoopleHead Eggheader:

    Responding to a post from Jan 2008? Do you really think the OP is coming
    back to read it, and, do you think he would find it since you changed the

    Dink Alert!!
    Jack Knoff, Oct 6, 2010
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    David Royce Guest

    [SOLVED] Google won't save settings -- This is for Firefox 3, but maybe the routine below will solve the bug in Chrome:
    [SOLVED] Google Won't Save Settings for Search or News -- Damn aggravating to have this disobedient infant jerking me back to dumb default settings every minute or two. So after years of rage, I tried (all) this yesterday (last day of 2010) and it WORKED:
    ----- (<---these hyphens are because lots of chat sites trash the paragraphing and leave readers with a monolithic block of hard-to-understand text) FIRST I went into Firefox Options Privacy and deleted every damn cookie in the computer, screwing up my sign-ins and profiles at hundreds of sites. (I had resisted this step, but it seems that Google, with its Big Brother hands clawing into our lives, leaves dozens of discarded cookies around instructing the computer to do anything and everything, including the yucky defaults, so the wrong preferences will pop up forever and ever, seemingly at random.)
    -----SECOND I signed in to my "account," noticing that "stay signed in" did not show.
    -----THIRD I immediately hit "sign out," having realized that Google Preferences is a moron and can remember only one thing. When the sign-out page came, I finally saw the "stay signed in" box and checked it. That was my first (attempted) change.
    -----FOURTH I closed (all instances of) Firefox 3, having decided that Firefox is cooperating with Google's faulty memory.
    -----FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH I did this routine three times: restarted Firefox, signed in to Google with my username, did some simple search (only 10 results), clicked into search "Preferences," changed only one setting on each trip into and out of Firefox and Google. My first loop was unchecking the all-powerful, meddling, obnoxious "Instant" box, which saves Google's server rooms lots of work by forcing only ten results per page. After running out to the street with my prize and back into Firefox and Google Preferences, my second loop changed the 10 results per page to 100. The final loop was clicking Unsafe Search, because when I surf images I want the bare facts.
    -----EIGHTH and LAST I began to use Google the way it used to be, years back: a sweet, cooperative assistant doing what I ask; also in this LAST step, I am cruising the group chats to all those sites which admit they have NO solution to this awful Google problem. If I know the New Google, they are going to hack into most of them with my user info (they have it all) and erase this post; but I will keep spreading the good word until Google loses this game.
    P.S. -- Just to make sure, I then did all the same things in Internet Explorer (7), skipping the cookies deletion because that was already done. (Some web pages ignore what you're trying to do with them in Firefox,)
    -- Yankeedam
    David Royce, Jan 2, 2011
  15. Stop replying to posts from three f---ing years ago.

    You eggheads gotta figure out how a calendar works.

    Jeff Strickland, Jan 2, 2011
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    Cho Guest

    Who gives rat's rectum how old??-----Seems to work JUST FINE-------
    Cho, Jan 12, 2011
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