No matter what I type in the awesome bar, it just redirects to the homepage of Google.

If I type a web address in the awesome bar, I. But if I type a search term, the text changes to and I get redirected to the Google page home each time.


There is a beginning of change in Firefox 4 in the search by location bar works.

  • In Firefox 3.6.x, location search bar use Google search "search by name". With innovation by the name search, it will search on Google and

    • If there is a clear match he will take you on the site
    • otherwise, it shows the page of Google search results
  • By default Firefox 4 is
    • to perform a Google search and present the Google search results page If you type something that is not recognized as a URL
    • You must type a full URL, such as , to go directly to the site

To get the behavior of Firefox 3.6.x in Firefox 4. you need to change a hidden preference OR install the module below.

To change preferences:

  1. Type of topic: config in the address bar and press the Enter key
  2. If you see a cautionary, accept it (promise to be careful)
  3. Opens a list of preferences
  4. Filter = keyword. URL
  5. In the lower pane, double-click that preference
  6. A small window will appear; copy one of the addresses below and paste it into the box in this window (or type it in the box in this window exactly as shown below):

Instead of the above, you may install this extension:


You have old versions of Java Console in Add-ons > Extensions that Java doesn't have to "clean up" when updating. You can easily and safely remove them.

  • Operating instructions:
  • Your old versions:
    • Java Console 6.0.17 {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0017-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
    • Java Console 6.0.19 {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0019-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
    • Java Console 6.0.20 {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0020-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
    • Java Console 6.0.21 {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0021-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
    • Java Console 6.0.22 {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0022-ABCDEFFEDCBA}
    • Java Console 6.0.23 {CAFEEFAC-0016-0000-0023-ABCDEFFEDCBA}

You need to update the following. The Plugin version (s) below has / have been submitted with your question and is obsolete. You need to update in order to avoid the known security issues with the version (s) you have installed. Click on 'more system info... '. "to the right of your question to see what was included with your question.

  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version
  • Next-generation Java plug-in 1.6.0_24 for Mozilla browsers
  1. Check your plugin versions on one of the following links:

  • Update to Shockwave for Director
    • NOTE: this is not the same thing as Shockwave Flash; This installs the Shockwave Player.
    • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below (Desktop is a good place, so you can find it).
    • When the download is complete, exit Firefox (file > exit)
    • Locate and double-click it in the installer that you just downloaded, let the complete installation.
    • Restart Firefox, and look at your plugins.
    • Download link and more information:
  • Update the Java plugin to the latest version.
  • Tags: Firefox

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