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Old 09-18-2018, 07:15 AM   #1
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Howto remove all search engines from firefox?


I can't seem to delete the last search engine from firefox's
search engine list.

Can anyone tell me how to remove it please?

thanks
 
Old 09-18-2018, 08:04 AM   #2
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I believe the way they've designed it is that you are supposed to have at least one.

Is your problem that you do not want the search bar in addition to the address bar?
 
Old 09-18-2018, 10:12 AM   #3
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No - there is an automatic connection to the search engine if something isnt located.
I need that connection stopped - and the search engine removed from the browser completely.
 
Old 09-18-2018, 10:31 AM   #4
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I realize that. My firefox allows me to remove all, but one search engine. I haven't played around with it much to determine if I could remove different search engines and leave a different last one. All I could verify is that it cannot, will not remove the last one.

I don't see how it can be done.
 
Old 09-18-2018, 10:35 AM   #5
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You could always write your own search engine that does nothing and returns NULL every time. Someone out there will have published the source code for a Firefox search engine that you could rip apart.
 
Old 09-18-2018, 12:53 PM   #6
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Preferences >
Default Search Engine Choose the default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.
One-Click Search Engines
Delete all but one, then deselect that single se, "maybe"?
deselect Provide search suggestions

I reckon this is authoritative,
Change your default search settings in Firefox

Good Luck.
 
Old 09-20-2018, 02:29 AM   #7
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No - there is an automatic connection to the search engine if something isnt located.
I need that connection stopped - and the search engine removed from the browser completely.
this can be stopped from preferences.
 
Old 09-20-2018, 05:30 AM   #8
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I've now managed to do this in IE locally here but it generates a big pop-up in a way
that is clearly designed specifically to cause trouble if you do this. I havnt had time to
investigate (and probably wont - I was just looking at others to see what happens)
Just one more reason never to touch microsoft products of any sort again.

So to Firefox.
No luck so far.
Preferences have been seen to randomly re-instate themselves. That is not an option.
Browsers have become far too complex.

You can add removing feeds to this list also.
 
Old 09-21-2018, 01:32 AM   #9
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^ ah, a complainer.

anyhow, yes, i did not fully grasp your requirement.

is the solution proposed here (ignore the explanations) sufficient?

or do you really literally want to remove ALL search engines from firefox?
they're stored in an XML file somewhere, you could remove that file but it could break functionality and would likely be restored after upgrades.
 
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:17 AM   #10
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Clearly there is something wrong with you.
Or are you one of those people being paid money to kill unfavourable comment?
You clearly don't have any technical knowledge.
 
Old 09-21-2018, 11:39 AM   #11
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Quote:
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Ondoho
Clearly there is something wrong with you.
Or are you one of those people being paid money to kill unfavourable comment?
You clearly don't have any technical knowledge.
What??

Ignored. <sigh>
 
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:27 PM   #12
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I've now managed to do this in IE locally here but it generates a big pop-up in a way
that is clearly designed specifically to cause trouble if you do this.
This is really the problem you can expect to encounter. The browser is designed to use at least one search engine. Removing all of them is actually counter-intuitive to the design of a browser. Part of their intention is that you'll wish to search, so it will use your preferential search engine as the default, and you need only have one of them.
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you really literally want to remove ALL search engines from firefox?
they're stored in an XML file somewhere, you could remove that file but it could break functionality and would likely be restored after upgrades.
This is likely very correct, I haven't tested, nor am I invested in testing it. Yes, manipulating the files used by the application would seem to be the option, and as Ondoho points out, it would likely be corrected due to an upgrade, or it may also cause complaint as you are seeing with Internet Explorer.

As far as your last comment:
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Ondoho
Clearly there is something wrong with you.
Or are you one of those people being paid money to kill unfavourable comment?
You clearly don't have any technical knowledge.
It is insulting to another member and what we call a personal attack. Post reported for the Software forum moderator's review.
 
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:53 PM   #13
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To be clear here.

"^ ah, a complainer.

anyhow, yes, i did not fully grasp your requirement.
"

I can't tell if that is a joke or a slight insult. This is the problem that I have been complaining about and a few folks seem to ignore. If it's a joke then at least put a on it please.
 
Old 09-25-2018, 01:20 AM   #14
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^ the first line is exasperated irony (you may simplify it to "joke" ), the second line is totally serious:
i first slightly misinterpreted what op wants and tried to give better help subsequently.

and yes, i will try to remember to use more emojis (not all of them actually smile).
 
  


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