I search using the URL address bar in Firefox however when I search a phrase or whatever a popup always comes up asking " Did you mean to go to example? ". It's quite annoying and was wondering if it could be turned off. I don't use the other search bar because whenever I click on it or try to use it an ugly panel comes down with the engines I can search with. Even if I turn off all other search engines it still persists.


It seems we will be able disable this new feature via about:config in Firefox 36: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1088050

For now you can add this line:

notification[value="keyword-uri-fixup"] { display: none !important; }

to the userChrome.css inside the chrome subfolder of your Firefox profile folder. If userChrome.css doesn't exist there, create it: http://kb.mozillazine.org/UserChrome-example.css

Or, alternatively, you can use the Stylish add-on and create a new user style like this:

@namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);
notification[value="keyword-uri-fixup"] { display: none !important; }
  • What about for Chrome/Chromium as I learned it also occurs in those browsers? – gotta-ask-fast Feb 23 '15 at 7:00

This is probably due to your ISP providing you with a poorly-configured DNS server, as per this Super User answer about Chrome, which behaves similarly:

Your DNS is taking that word and telling Chrome that its a website. So Chrome asks you if you meant to visit it. Chances are, if you did visit that site, you'd end up on your ISP's not found page.

The only way I've found to rectify this is turning off the "web service" option in the options and changing your DNS to [a better DNS provider].


To remove the suggestions, go to Firefox Preferences and click on the Privacy tab.

Under the Location Bar setting at the bottom, select the Nothing option from the drop down menu to disable all suggestions.

  • I've already done that, it did nothing except take away the panel that tumbles down from the URL bar as you're typing. – gotta-ask-fast Jan 25 '15 at 12:36

switch your DNS from the default provided by your ISP to Google DNS:

"The Google Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are as follows:"


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