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Can't delete Google from opera search engines permanently

  • I think I'll keep the startpage toolbar, I'ts usefullness will more than make up for the space it takes up, you can also hide it or unhide it with a single click, since the screenshot i've changed it back to startpage from ixquick, both are excellent search engines, I fully recommend this toolbar. Update--> you can change this toolbar from either Ixquick or Startpage, they are both built in to this toolbar, It also has settings for deleting History, Cookies and stuff, Really Really Cool 🙂

  • The toolbar idea sounds interesting - still up for anyone else with comments on making Google stop appearing, but if no one can figure that out then I guess I'll have to try that instead!

  • @tiffany267

    I don't purport to have the technical knowledge to know why you have that Google problem, but I do use the Disconnect Search extension, which I referred to in my note to you, though at the end, so perhaps you didn't focus on it.. In my view, it is worth a try to run your Search through the Disconnect Search extension. Here's why! First, you can in the extension's settings, choose for the search to be through the main Opera address bar, obviating the need to set up a second search bar that will take up space. I do that with Disconnect (so I do have experience with it). Now Opera has five search engines. Duck Duck Go is not one of them. But when I select DuckDuckGo as my search engine in the Disconnect search extension, whenever I type a search in the Opera main address bar, DuckDuckGo is automatically used. It would appear that through the extension it has become in a sense my default, notwithstanding the general Opera setting. So I think it would be a "reasonable try" for you to set a default engine in Disconnect, other than Google, choose the setting -- if you want -- in Disconnect Search that your searches take place in the main Opera address bar, AND SEE if the crazy default problem where Google keeps coming up, disappears. I don't guarantee it will, but I have reason to think it might. Here's a link to the DisconnectSearch extension.

    You're concerned about privacy and Google, so it would seem you would be intrigued/interested in the privacy claims that come from Disconnect, which have been the subject of articles in the national media. I cite two of them from you below, and then a link to the Disconnect Search website, where they have a FAQ and other information.

    At the worst, if the search from the main Opera address remains a problem (I think it may well not) you could search from the separate Disconnect search bar, and may well have a more private search than you would have from other search bars that you might be adding to Opera.

    Best of luck with your Opera search problem!

  • Tiffanys problem is the 5 search engines you can choose for the default, he doesnt like that, he uses Startpage, he doesnt need "Disconnect", since he cant change from those 5 search engines as his default, without a workaround of some sort, I gave him or her the best option, a separate search box that is Startpage or Ixquick only, It is the best solution for that type of problem, it's my solution and I use it and recommend this solution and you dont have use the address bar for searches and you dont have to open another page or tab to access the search engine, It's just there, one click you can hide it if you want and one click and it's there

  • @colderwinters

    Gotcha. I missed that Startpage part. Startpage is not one of the default search engines in Disconnect Search. If that's the one Tiffany wants to use, then Disconnect Search doesn't help, although Disconnect is also supposed to further making the search anonymous. Disconnect Search only works if you user is willing to select one of the five search engines that work with their extension. So your approach definitely seems the most promising.

  • Thanks for trying, I guess... I'm still hoping someone will contribute an answer to my actual question, but I'm starting to wonder if there's no one on the forums who can...

  • You can't remove it, no. Built-in searches can't be removed. Set something else as default and just don't use Google.

  • You might find this link interesting.!topic/chrome/xJURG2e8h8U[1-25-false]

    Someone complains why Conduit Search keeps hijacking their Chrome default search engine. The best answer seems to be by Sie_Deen: this "change is usually caused by a 3rd party software." A few suggestions are provided, which you might want to look at. Now the main commenter at the link suggests if all else fails resetting the Chrome browser. Here's a link on how to reset the Opera browser, and involves deleting the Operapref.ini file I've never done it myself 🙂 but it's a thought, and seems to follow from the commenter's idea. Since it would delete all of your preferences, maybe you could save it somewhere, and restore it later, if the deleting accomplishes nothing.

    This isn't discussed at the link, but you might want to look at your cookies -- settings/privacy and security/cookies/all cookies and site data. Have you tried clearing them, or google related ones?

    Anyway, that's about all I can think of on this crazy problem.

  • Oh, thanks - the Operapref.ini part sounds interesting! Thanks!

  • Hope it all works out for you, tiffany 🙂

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