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Firefox gives error when typing search term in address bar.

Friend's laptop running W7 HP has a Firefox problem (FF version 3.5).

If she types a search term directly into the address bar it throws a strange error.. see attached image.

The home page is google.com and the browser works fine in all other respects.

scanned for spyware/viruses.. seems Ok, hosts file is normal. just tis odd error.
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chrisfixit
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NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
I can see that she's using a lot of FF extensions which could cause this behavior.
Ask here which addons has she installed recently and try to remove or disable those.
Ask.com toolbar can cause this behavior, but some of others may also.
you can delete the Ask.com toolbar add-on, using tools/add-on's from the FireFox toolbar.

You can also try to run the FF in safe mode.

Also, if nothing helps, try to uninstall firefox and install it in different directory.
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chrisfixitAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I will try that this evening.
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senadCommented:
In firefox you hit CTRL + F and search opens in the left bottom corner.
You do not search in the adress bar !!!
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senadCommented:
see the pic ...
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
I also hate this ask.com toolbar.

When this is installed, it resets the browser home page & Search engine Defaults.

Recently installed something which installed this stuff. Had to uninstall it today itself. I think it installed itself with Bittorrent that installed without permission from me.

As suggested by nimatejic try the Firefox (safe mode) from Start >> All Programs >> Mozilla Firefox >> Mozilla Firefox (Safe Mode) & see if it resolves the issue temporarily.

Ravi.
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senadCommented:
adress bar will only search browser cache (previously visited sites aka. browsing history).
Not 'Greece' !!!

If you wanted to search for 'Greece',you have the google search toolbar...type it there.
Also,do yourself a favour and get rid of the 'ask' toolbar ...
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
@senad

Had my laugh for the day....sure you pointed it out.

:-)

Ravi.
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NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
To be able to use the address bar for search I would recommend Google Chrome.
I am using it from early beta stages and I just love it. It is stable, secure and very fast.
For me, it has the best user interface.
With version 4, which is still in beta, Google has added support for add-ons (extensions) and already offers large number of add-ons available for download.
Along with the add-ons Chrome is now offering bookmark synchronization.
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
To the author of the question:

Please see the definitions of the terms in Question as per screenshot. Address Bar and search Bar are 2 different things which a pretty basic thing, we expected you to know.

Anything links / webpages you want to visit are entered in the address bar.

Any terms you wish to search in any Search engine are entered in the Address Bar.

You are tying Greece in the wrong Place. Type it in the Search Bar 7 everything will open up.

To sum it up, you weren't having any issues in the first place itself.

Ravi.

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senadCommented:
grtraders - he allready has the google toolbar (see in his pic).
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
Yes for the Author again- I have highlighted the Google Search Bar in his Screenshot.

Ravi.

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chrisfixitAuthor Commented:
i fully appreciate the difference between the search and address boxes, but if i type a word into the ADDRESS bar of FF on any of my 4 computers it returns either a google search page result or a Wiki entry for the search item - it NEVER throws an error such is happening on the laptop in the question.
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NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
Ok Chris,
have you tried to do what I suggested in my first post?
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Marc ZCommented:
chrisfixit,

In order to Search the web through the Location bar, you need to turn it back on.

Ready
1. type
about:config
in the address bar and hit Enter. Hit "I'll be careful, I Promise!" when it tells you that you might void your warranty.
2. In the Filter line, type
keyword.enabled
and make sure it is set to TRUE.  You can just select it and right click it and select Toggle if it
s set to false.
Close Firefox completely.
3. Start Firefox and test.

However, as previously stated, that Ask Toolbar(actually any of the Search toolbars)  might have mucked this up, so a clean profile will definitely fix this problem, if you need to go that far.
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