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search box Firefox just did a stupid update, all my search engines have gone, I can’t search for anything, see pic. How can I get it back like it was?
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Question by:Rdrik
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by:itinmind
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Go here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search-tools/ and add the search engine you want.
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Try to restart the firefox in safe mode then from manage search engines, click restore search engines button.

To start firefox in safe mode, hold Shift key when double clicking firefox icon.
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by:Rdrik
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by: itinmind - I tried that before, it doesn't have the search engines I had before & the Google one adds a tab with google on it but doesn't add it in the search box.

by: marahman3001 - I assume you mean restore defaults but that is greyed out.

I had this happen once before, I went to Help>troubleshooting information>reset firefox & that fixed it but this time it won't. I just want to get it back to how it was before.
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itinmind earned 500 total points
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I found this:

You can check if you still have the XML files of the default search engines including Google in the searchplugins folder in Firefox program folder.

If not then you need to reinstall Firefox.

Try to use the SearchReset extension to reset some preferences to the default values.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/searchreset/
Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons).

You can delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox profile folder.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox
Firefox will rebuild the search.json file from the default search engines in the searchplugins folder in the Firefox program folder and the searchplugins folder in the Firefox profile folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder
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by:Rdrik
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there were 4 search plugins folders (Firefox[2] has been added) 2 were empty so I copied the searchXML files to all & then used search reset extension & it's fixed it, thanks.
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