Google starts urging Firefox users to change their Search Engine

A while back, Mozilla decided to replace Google with Yahoo as the default search in its Firefox browser. Not willing to take this quietly, Google has started urging Firefox users, who are using Yahoo as the default search engine to change it to Google.

If you visit Google.com, you will get to see the following message: Get to Google faster. Make Google your default search engine, or a Come here often? Make Google your home page message. The options provided are Sure and No thanks. This message is not something new and definitely not restricted to Firefox users only.

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But such a thing again, is not something new, as Google also has such a page created for Internet Explorer users.

What is of interest, is the fact that Google tweeted a link to a new web page that Google had created specially for Firefox users, saying, This one’s for all the Google Search-loving Firefox fans out there.

This newly created page gives step-by-step instructions on how to change your default search from Yahoo to Google.

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There are reports that the Mozilla- Yahoo deal has adversely impacted Google’s share, but whether the reason is this deal, or something else, is unclear.

If you are a Firefox user, what have you done? Stuck with the default search engine Yahoo, or changed it to Google or Bing.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

6 Comments

  1. MacQ

    Switched to DuckDuckGo.

  2. lifeartist

    Haven’t been with Google for sometime switched first to Start Page then to DuckDuckGo.

  3. Dan

    IN FF 34 and now FF35, I get the occasional blue Google banner asking if I’d like to “speed up” searching with a new Google engine, but when i click “sure”, Google always says my version of Firefox doesn’t support such an upgrade. When in a major VPN, FF35 won’t let me connect to Google’s servers on as its note says “user unable to override” FF ‘problem’ matching pin-key issues; only ones that work in VPN for me with FF35 are DuckDuckGo, StartPage. So maybe FF is not only favoring Yahoo but disadvantaging Google?

  4. jensenjs

    No!
    FF does not favouring Yahoo, Google works/worked fine at any version of FF I have used, and also as a preferred search engine.
    But I do not use Google as much as before, it has became to overloaded with commercial links and fake results based on manipulated metatags.

    I do still use Google though, but just not as much as before.

  5. Dan

    Thanks; must just be some glitch when using VPN, as Google indeed works fine on my FF 34/35…could even be a Google glitch or reluctance to VPN. Thanks again, cheers!

  6. Firefox + bing = scroogle. 😛

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