How to change the default search engine of address bar to Google?

Osama Javaid November 26, 2012

We all know that the address bar of google chrome as well as firefox serve as a search engine from google but sometimes some malicious software changes that search engine into something else, I explored all options of the browsers, uninstalled all add-ons related to that but I couldn’t revert it back to google search. What to do?

  1. Sashi Peiris
    December 6, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Type chrome://chrome/settings/ into the address bar. Find the search category and change it to Google

  2. rohit pandey
    December 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm
  3. rohit pandey
    December 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    go to...
    Control Panel\Network and Internet
    and click on "change your homepage" and set the homepage as

  4. Suman Thapa
    December 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Go to your address bar
    Type about:config
    search for keyword.URL
    reset the value to default or
    use ""

  5. Eath Chantrea
    November 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Go to tool>option>type on homepage box>ok.

  6. Alex Perkins
    November 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    This is for Chrome:
    top right, 3 horizontal lines > settings > 4th down heading should be Search > set that to Google and that should be it.

  7. Md Nur-Un-Nabi Tutul
    November 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Osama Javaid, at first try to unsinstall the software that is causing the problem from control panel. Then in Mozilla Firebox beside the address bar u will find a option to select the search engine u would like to use on your right hand side at the top. For Chrome go to settings, then select Open a specific page or set of pages from start up option. You can also change the search engine from the search option beside managing the search engines. Hope this solves your problem.

  8. Duy Nguyen Minh
    November 28, 2012 at 5:43 am

    After uninstalledall add-ons you go Google Chrome–>tools, options then click on”make current page my home page

  9. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    nobody is understanding my question, i don't want to make google my homepage or set it in search engine bar....i mean by default the address bar is also a google box, i want to bring that functionality back.

  10. Ron Lister
    November 27, 2012 at 7:18 am

    For fire fox on the address bar search engine there is a little arrow just after the search engine icon if you click it a dropdown menu showing all the search engines you have available click manage search engines at the bottom now if you have google select google then click the move up button till its the top one, if google is not there then click the link that sais get more search engines. Hope that was what you ment and hope it helps.

  11. Anonymous
    November 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm


  12. Jurmy Chris
    November 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Google Chrome-->Settings( up-right)-->On Start up-->Open a specific page-->Paste the Google URL in the field

  13. Abba Jee
    November 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    did you check out your installed programs, you should find there who hijacked your browesers homepage and even default search engine , once that program is uninstalled your issue will be resolved :)

  14. Dave Rimmer
    November 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I think you mean google search in the address bar, just click on the search bat a drop down will appear the just choose google from it and make it the default search .

  15. Prasanth Mathialagan
    November 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Try some browser add-on removing applications. It might help

  16. Raj Sarkar
    November 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Try resetting or reinstalling your browser.
    In order to avoid this in the future, I would recommend that you review each options while installing a new software.

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I agree with you Raj.

  17. Anonymous
    November 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    hey... some of them might not show up there... soo.. check in control panel " uninstall programs" there uninstall the software which might be the default tab for u r browser.
    funmoods is sort of that kind!!! :)

  18. Junil Maharjan
    November 26, 2012 at 4:02 am

    please check this webpage

    the given link is for firefox only.

    for chrome you can check in the advanced settings if the address bar search is enabled or not.

    hope this helped you.

  19. Mike Smith
    November 26, 2012 at 2:17 am

    go to google search page then go to: tools, options then click on"make current page my home page" and reset firefox or whatever browser your using.

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