It is a common experience that whenever you install certain software in your computer, your default search engine setting often change automatically. These new default search engines are nothing but an absurd for you and also these are not as effective as compared to Google.

Setting Default Search Engine for Firefox and Chrome

Setting Default Search Engine for Firefox and Chrome

As there are so many such software available which use to alter your default search engine setting in your browsers. In order to avoid this non sense, it is better to set your desired search engine as default in your Chrome and Firefox browsers manually. It will enable you to stay with your desired search engine in spite of installation of such software. This TechPuffs tutorial describes the different procedures and steps for making these settings in Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Default Search Engine Setting for Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome browser and right click on address bar and select “Edit search engines…” in contextual menu.
    Edit Search Engines in Chrome

    Edit Search Engines in Chrome

  2. In the resulting window, there will be many search engines options provided.
    Default Search Engine Setting in Chrome

    Default Search Engine Setting in Chrome


    Select your desired search engine and click  on “Make Default” button.

Default Search Engine Setting for Firefox

The setting procedure of default search engine for Firefox is completely different from Chrome but you can do it in within seconds. Just follow these steps :

  1. Open your Firefox browser and type about:config in address bar and hit Enter then a warning will appear. Just ignore it and click on – I will be careful, I promise!
    Warranty Void Warning in Firefox

    Warranty Void Warning in Firefox

  2. Now in next window type keyword.URL in Filter box. In the appeared result make a right click and select “Modify” in contextual menu.
    Keyword URL Filter in Firefox

    Keyword URL Filter in Firefox

  3. In the next window, you’ll be asked to enter the string value of your desired search engine.
    Entering URL of Default Search Engine in Firefox

    Entering URL of Default Search Engine in Firefox

  4. For your convenience the string values of the most popular search engines have been provided below.
For Google :
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=

For Yahoo :
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=

For Bing :
http://www.bing.com/results.aspx?q=

Copy the  string value of your desired search engine and paste it into Enter string value dialog box and click OK. That’s it.