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Prevent OpenDNS From Hijacking Google Search In Firefox Browser

Not sure what applications/add-ons I’ve installed in the past few days without thoroughly checking what components they are installing on my pc, somehow my Firefox browser settings are changed. When I search for something using Firefox location bar, OpenDNS Guide is hijacking the Google search results page.

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This is very frustrating as the search results of OpenDNS are not as relevant as Google Search(OpenDNS uses Yahoo search internally to retrieve search results). And also I love the I’m feeling lucky feature of Google Search integrated with Firefox location bar.

I restored Google’s I’m feeling lucky search behavior on Firefox by following these steps

  1. Type about:config in the location bar of Firefox browser.
  2. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!”
  3. Locate the key keyword.url using Filter input box and set the value to http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=

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5 Comments on Prevent OpenDNS From Hijacking Google Search In Firefox Browser

  1. Anon
    December 20, 2010 at 3:05 am (8 years ago)

    Doesn’t work.

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  2. some guy in an ambulance
    January 26, 2010 at 6:33 am (9 years ago)

    I hate OpenDns its gay and used by noobs

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  3. Dan
    December 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks! Worked like a charm. That OpenDNS thing was really annoying me.

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  4. Dave Haskel
    September 13, 2009 at 9:12 am (9 years ago)

    Fuck yeah! Thanks so much for this. I remember when I first heard about OpenDNS I liked it a lot but the fact that it kept hijacking my searches pissed me off. I know they get their ad revenue from the searches, but the results were so terrible that I needed a workaround. (PS They don’t get most of their revenue from consumers, but business searches, instead, so don’t feel too bad for circumventing their system)

    I wished I could have stumbled on this site years ago! Thanks a lot!

    BY THE WAY, you have a mistake in the URL. It needs an = at the end to work. Cheers

    Reply

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