Google Search not working in

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
A strange situation is cropping up on multiple computers.  Google search works with the Firefox homepage and with the Google Toolbar.  However, if I go to and enter a term in the box and select Search nothing happens.  But if I do the same and hit I feel Lucky, then the results will show.  After I do this, Google search works fine until the program is closed and re-opened.  I've tried deleting cookies, cache, and creating a new profile.  Any other thoughts.
Question by:wpmcj
    LVL 8

    Expert Comment

    by:Bradley Haynes
    Run MalwareBytes . . . it is a free scanner.  Hve you tried using another Browser?
    If it only happens with Firefox then delete it and re-install.

    Author Comment

    No malware and tried deleting and reinstalling.  Also, IE works fine with Google.
    LVL 97

    Accepted Solution

    Hello wpmcj,

    1. Disable or uninstall Google Toolbar.  Then test if Google will search correctly.

    If no joy, disable other Firefox addins, as one may be interfering with Google Search.

    If Firefox does not open, go to Start > Programs > Mozilla Firefox > Mozilla Firefox (Safe Mode)

    2. Check if a program running in the background is interfering. Disable firewall, antivirus, antispyware, spam blocker, and desktop programs.

    3. Clear your cookies and cache files. Go to Tools > Options > Privacy tab. Under Private Data, click "Clear Now" button.  Click OK.

    4. If no joy, your profile is corrupt. Create a new Firefox profile

    Then migrate your settings to new profile

    5. Run Firefox Standard Diagnostics

    6. If no joy, back up your bookmarks.  Uninstall Firefox and delete your Firefox profile files.  Then do a clean install of Firefox.

    Hope this helps!

    Author Comment

    Tried all...still no luck.
    LVL 97

    Expert Comment

    In your address bar, type "about:config" and hit enter
    Under Preference Name: look for Keyword.url
    double click keyword.url and paste:

    Featured Post

    Find Ransomware Secrets With All-Source Analysis

    Ransomware has become a major concern for organizations; its prevalence has grown due to past successes achieved by threat actors. While each ransomware variant is different, we’ve seen some common tactics and trends used among the authors of the malware.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Several part series to implement Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode
    Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
    This video teaches users how to migrate an existing Wordpress website to a new domain.
    Shows how to create a shortcut to site-search Experts Exchange using Google in the Chrome browser. This eliminates the need to type out whenever you want to search the site. Launch the Search Engine Menu: In chrome, via you…

    755 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    19 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now