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12.15 forces Google as search engine

  • Got the same problem as you guys.
    I have my own google search engine entry with my settings shortcut g, when i try to use startpage as default engine, on the next start of Opera appears a new entry wich is now default, named google with shortcut g and it sets my google entry to shortcut o. That is just weired.

  • I've found another temporary solution. Go to Menu->Appearance in the "Buttons" tab choose "Search" category, drag and drop "Startpage Search Engine" field on the Address Bar next to the address field. Now you have a startpage search field that won't be overwritten next time you start opera. It's not like searching directly in the address field, but it's something.

  • Originally posted by Osko:

    I've found another temporary solution. Go to Menu->Appearance in the "Buttons" tab choose "Search" category, drag and drop "Startpage Search Engine" field on the Address Bar next to the address field. Now you have a startpage search field that won't be overwritten next time you start opera. It's not like searching directly in the address field, but it's something.

    I don't know if I understood your way correctly but isn't it much easier to define a key for the startpage-search, i.g. "s"? Following this you type in the adressbar "s words to look up" to search with startpage "words to look up". That's the way I search in wikipedia, imdb or amazon directly form the adress bar since years. 😉

  • Originally posted by sipertruk:

    I didn't say to use the whole query from one server with another, just to replace the server name.

    Do you even understand how the HOSTS file works? You don't get to pick and choose when the IP address you specified is used for the server in question; it's always used.

    When you type in bad advice into the address bar and press Enter, Opera submits a search query to Google that looks like this:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=bad+advice&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&channel=suggest
    

    If you mess around with the HOSTS file as you described, that would be the same as submitting the above query to StartPage:

    http://www.startpage.com/search?q=bad+advice&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&channel=suggest
    

    That's a query that StartPage doesn't understand; it will simply return you to the homepage at https://startpage.com instead of providing any search results.

  • Originally posted by Gingerbread-Man:

    (...)

    http://[PUT THE SERVER NAME YOU PUT IN HOSTS THERE, WHATEVER IT IS I DONT CARE]/do/search?cmd=process_search&language=english&enginecount=1&cat=web&query=%s
  • I have this problem too on Archlinux on a custom search engine "Startpage Web Recherche".
    Is it possible to report this bug to an official bug tracker ?

  • Originally posted by haythamfathey2:

    Is it possible to report this bug to an official bug tracker ?

    There is no need to do it as the problem is already known.

  • I am using Version12.15, Build1748, Platform x64, SystemWindows 7 and I deleted Google from the search engine list and replaced Startpage as my default search engine and every time I restart, Google reappears and becomes the default search engine. I reported this issue but Opera support referred me to the forums. I can see that a lot of others share the same concerns about Google and Opera. I use Opera to rid myself from google and also the ability to customize my browser. This has changed now with this issue. To me this is a big issue and not just a bug. I hope Opera will reconsider the handshake between Opera and Google, if not I will have to reconsider my options.

  • Originally posted by hal5000:

    I hope Opera will reconsider the handshake between Opera and Google

    There's no such a thing, as Chirpie said earlier if your browser location was Russia then the Yandex search engine would keep coming back since it's the default there. It's a bug reseting the search engine to default in some cases.

  • Originally posted by rafaelluik:

    There's no such a thing, as Chirpie said earlier if your browser location was Russia then the Yandex search engine would keep coming back since it's the default there. It's a bug reseting the search engine to default in some cases.

    Yes there is. There is a separate deal with Google and Yandex. There is a handshake. Those two are "defaults" for a reason.

  • Yes there are contracts to define the defaults. These very own contracts make Opera earn money and are the main reason why Opera is freeware to us.

    But they just define the defaults at the time of installation and you can change them, but in 12.15 there's a bug resetting the choice, that's it.

  • All I did was uninstall 12.15 and loaded in 12.14 / 64 bit, so I will live with any bugs in 12.14 because it allows me to delete google and load in startpage as my default search engine. I'd rather wait and see if this issue is fixed and if not, well 12.14 never gave me too much trouble, (well java has been a issue with Opera but I will live with it). Now as for a free browser, yes Opera has been free but if they fix the issue I would pay to use Opera if they would need to charge for their browser.
    "Even MS IE10 allows me change to startpage as my default search engine without issue."

  • I'm still using 12.01 for an unrelated reason, but you could use the RedirectToHttps extension (which can actually redirect any URL to any other URL, with regex support) to redirect all Google search queries to the engine of your choice, with proper formatting.

    For example, you could redirect:
    https://www.google.com/search?(.*)?q=(.+)&?(.*)?

    to:
    https://startpage.com/do/search?query=%2

    Not an ideal solution, but it should work until Opera fixes the bug if you need to use 12.15 instead of an older version. (Also read my comment on the RedirectToHttps plugin page for instructions on how to disable the Google Docs redirection.)

  • Thanks tlwsyf for the most useful answer in this thread (for some reason i cannot quote here, well played). Since Prism i am finally sensitive to all this bs - and i am done with Opera today. It´s been a ride since Summer 2006 starting with 9.0 but alas, everything comes to an end - i kinda expected it soon, but not this way. Lame.

  • Thanks Phanx, but like noob256, I am getting just a little fed-up with Google-plex Opera. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of an older version of Opera that I could use. Is there an archive of past versions which I can access? If there is not I will likely reduce, or eliminate, my usage of Opera. I like the Bit Stream capability, but Opera is not the only such browser. This Google search engine "bug" has been an infliction for months and rather than resolving it the developers are hell-bent on creating more useless features for the next release.

  • Originally posted by MLee1:

    Is there an archive of past versions which I can access?

    Yes here. Download Opera

  • Ahh the not a bug bug problem with the reset to Google.
    I've been following this thread since I upgraded with the pain to reset to startpage.
    two days ago I spent some time going to comodo dragon and Icedragon. seems ok but more pain to learn and try to customize. Not near the easiest to customize and control as what was my favorite Opera.
    Lots of time spent. But at least the cause, in my mind is now understood.
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2200378/opera-web-browser-keeps-its-tie-with-google
    Now for the more adept I would think that there is a entry point where this can be over come? I can see the google monster dictating the minor change to keep the $ flowing to Opera. But no mater what they do I know I will not comply.
    Back to the last version for me. Or next on my list is Icedragon.

  • The resolution to the issue is elementary. Simply have a developer add "ixquick" and "startpage" to the list of search engines shipped with Opera; Its that simple.

  • Originally posted by Luxor:

    Originally posted by MLee1:

    Is there an archive of past versions which I can access?

    Yes here. Download Opera

    Luxor;
    Thank you, thank you!

  • If you type "opera:config" in the address window of the the Opera browser,

    then type "google" in the quick find search,

    you will see google appears in "Geolocation" as
    "Google2011 Location Provider Access Token"

    and "User Prefs" as
    "Google TLD Default"
    "Google TLD Downloaded"
    "Google TLD URL"

    Therefore, Google is included in the code for the Opera browser.

    Since re-writing the code is apparently not desired to be performed,

    the simplest resolution is just to have "ixquick",

    which is not only legitimate but the first and only EU-approved search engine registered with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) under number M 1346973 which supervises the fair and lawful use and security of personal data, to ensure privacy today and in the future (Google cannot make such a claim in any country)

    and does not hijack search engines and/or home pages like Google and Bling during installation of some downloaded programs and applications from some large supposedly clean download sites,

    (which is unethical on any level and today almost all porn sites have halted the practice)

    is to add ixquick to the list of engines that ship with Opera and then release a new optional release available as a manual download for those that do not want Google set as the default search engine.

    The addition of a search engine cannot take 15 minutes.

    I can only speculate that Opera must be receiving "something" from Google that procrastinates the addition and hesitation of the process.

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