Im using ubuntu 10 and the firefox 10.0. When using the address bar to search, when i type long words like 'search this in google' the search defaults to google. But when i type in small words like 'search' the browser uses centurylink. Please let me know how to get rid of this and make google as default search engine.

  • When you get the CenturyLink results, click the preferences/settings/gear-icon link in the upper right (as of Oct 2019), turn off the setting, and click save. Then it will stop hijacking your search. – user1001726 Oct 2 at 23:30

I found the answer that works for me: There is a spot on mine (mac OS) that says in faded letters "why am I here" or "why do I see this". I clicked it, and there was a place to click to disable Centruylink searches. Good luck!


From the Navigation Toolbar in search box select your favourite Search engine through this menu .

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Or select the manage search Engines.. option to remove the Desired Search engine as from the image.

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It is most likely that this is being done by centurylink (your isp) in response to failed DNS queries.

Without changing browsers you will be unable to fix this problem. However I do know that most versions of Chrome/Chromium will do some stuff to avoid this problem and, I believe, so does more recent versions of firefox.

  • on my windows system I'm using firefox 14.0.1 and still see the same problem. I do not want the search to redirect to CenturyLink – user1455116 Aug 8 '12 at 1:09
  • Well in that case you can try using chromium/chrome which does some magic to avoid this problem entirely. Otherwise adding a space before or after the search term might avoid the problem. – Alex L. Aug 8 '12 at 1:23

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