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When I want to go to a website, (let's use http://wordweb.info/) I would usually just type "wordweb" into my address bar, and it would use google's I'm Feeling Lucky function to find the page (at least I think it did, if the keyword was too vague, I would get a google page of links.)

Now when I search for wordweb (or any keyword that isn't a full address) I either get a Problem Loading Page warning, or I am redirected to http://search3.comca...amp;url=wordwebwith the title "Sorry. Page not found."

How do I fix this?
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I believe that since you arent entering any type of protocol (http, https, etc) and no .com/.net or whatever, your browser is redirecting to your ISP's search engine. I have Windstream as my ISP, but I use OpenDNS and so when I type a word in my address bar, it directs me to a page such as http://guide.opendns...rdweb&client=ff
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I understand that since Comcast is my ISP, it would direct me there. The problem is that never in the 2 years I have used Firefox have I had to add .com, .net, .org, .gov, .co, or any other part of a URL to go to a website. If I were to just type "Vermont" into my address bar, I should be directed to http://www.vermont.gov. Instead I get "problem loading page." I want to know why Firefox isn't using Google anymore.

The only thing that works now is the bookmark and browsing history, but I clear my history regularly.
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I have never been able to just type a word into my address bar and get sent to a website. I've been using firefox for a few years and have yet to experience that. Maybe you had something configured so like keywords or something similar would work. The thing is that since there are .com .net .gov .edu etc, your browser would have no way whatsoever to know which extension to put after the word.

Edit: Is it possible that you had an add on that added the .com . net, etc to the end of the word? If so, maybe it got disabled with the update to FF 3.6

Edited by xblindx, 10 February 2010 - 07:33 PM.

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I think I found what was happening.
I followed the instructions on this page, and it seems to mostly work.

I thought of a website I haven't bookmarked or visited since I cleared my history, and used mylifeisaverage.com. If I type "my life is average" into the address bar, I am directed to the site. However, typing in the shorthand (MLIA) doesn't work, even though the first result on google for MLIA is mylifeisaverage.com

Thanks for reminding me that this isn't the default.

Edited by WhydoIask?, 10 February 2010 - 07:50 PM.

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Thanks for letting us all know you fixed it :)
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