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12.15 forces Google as search engine

  • I as going to raise my own thread on this subject; clearly years too late!

    Just to add my own discontent with this Google intrusion, most alarmingly for the address-bar suggestions. Does this mean that every time you see a Google-tagged one, that Opera has already pushed the partial address to Google? That unbeknown to me, despite all my efforts to NOT use Google, I am being tracked by them?

    Like others, I am seriously toying with abandoning Opera after using it loyally since the earliest days of Linux, when it was their standard browser, always included (how I discovered it); but not any more since Firefox. It is always my first addition to any installed system. I respect Opera & its long-term loyalty to Linux. I recognise with pride that many innovations now standard among browsers came from Opera. It is the fact of it being also my e-mail client that really holds me.

    Mention of Bing is no better. That is being tracked by Microsoft instead, whose servers were the first to be infiltrated by the NAS. I doubt that Yahoo is any better.

    Despite the outrage expressed or evidence presented to the contrary - I have never seen so much mud-slinging in a forum - it is *inevitable* that users will suspect a Google subsidy of Opera due to this. Whether true or not.

    I am curious that Opera themselves have not responded to the thread; that it is up to users themselves to resolve the issue. Thanks to those who have; but hunderteins frig warrants an explanation, please.

  • Found a resolution that works for making ixquick the search engine for Opera without Google being set as the default after a restart.1. Type "opera:config" in the url window2. Type "google" in the quick find search3. Enter "" in the field for "Google2011 Location Provider" under "Geolocation"4. Enter "" in the field for "Google TLD Default" under "User Prefs"5. Enter "" in the field for "Google TLD URL" under ""User Prefs"6. Click Save 7. Type "" in the url window8. In the search window to the right of the url window, where Google appears, click on the downward arrow to reveal "Manage Search Engines" and select by clicking that selection9. Highlight Google and delete10. If ixquick is not shown, click "Add...' otherwise highlight ixquick and the Edit11. Make sure Ixquick is in the field for the name12 Make sure "ix" is the keyword13. Click the Details button14. Enter "" in the field for "Address"'15. Enter """ for the "Query string"16. Click the box before "Use POST" so a checkmark appears17. Click the box before "Use as default search engine"18. Click the box before "Use as Speed Dial search engine19. Click the "OK" button20 Make sure there is not a check in the box before "Enable search suggestions in the address field"21. Click the "OK" button22. Reboot OperaIf the above instructions are followed and there are no spelling errors (I use copy and paste or control C and control V as much as possible since I still use the hunt and peck method at 56 years of age), when Opera reboots, Ixquick will be the default search engine and Google will NOT appear in the list of search engines for the browser.I am strong-headed and when I find something that works, and works well, I like to continue using it. Have been frustrated like many Opera users with some changes over the years but for many many reasons, it is still my browser of choice, especially since it can actually be customized unlike many browsers, and can perform many operation unavaible with other browsers.Although I am strong-headed, I am not reluctant to admit when I make a mistake. The mistake I made was not visiting the forum before allowing the update to Opera to occur. Had I done so, a lot of frustration could have been avoided. I appoligize to any volunteer and developer I may have upset.

    I have tried this "solution" and IT DOES NOT WORK. I have now rebooted several times. It continues to revert to Google. I even tried editing the google search settings to tell it to go to Nothing works. Someone has got to have a better work-around - maybe it's in an actual file? I am not afraid to go into a file on the disk and modify it if someone can tell me where to go and what to change.

    Sincerely, someone who is tired of resetting her search engine preference every single time she opens a new Opera session.

  • Just found an interesting work-around!

    (1) Click the menu button and go to "Appearance", then click "Buttons", then click "Search". Drag-and-drop Startpage onto the top toolbar AS ITS OWN SEARCHBAR.

    (2) Remove the default searchbar from the toolbar altogether.

    (3) Close Opera.

    (4) Go to search.ini and simply delete the entire paragraph pertaining to Google:
    [Search Engine 1]
    Suggest Protocol=JSON
    Suggest URL={SearchTerm}&client={Client}&hl=en
    Is post=0
    Has endseparator=0
    Search Type=0

    (5) Restart Opera. Address bar will not work for searches. Now simply use the Startpage searchbar you created before!

  • Stepansas excellent post !
    I will now unfortunately, for the first time ever, revert opera version from 12.17 to 12.14.
    I hope all my settings will be kept, crossing fingers… 😕

  • I checked my home PC which also runs Opera 12.17 now (on windows XP), it never removes my default search.
    The differences between my home PC (never resets to google) and my office PC (often resets to google, but not always), that I can think of follow.

    They are both Opera 12.17 but one is OK (home PC keeps my default search settings which is not one of the opera defaults : duckduckgo) and one is NG (company PC often resets to google) :

    • OK is a pre-12.15 install (version 9 or something updated little by little up to 12.17) whereas NG is a post-12.15 install updated to 12.17
    • OK runs on windows XP whereas NG runs on windows seven
    • OK did use opera link for a while (affects search.ini) but NG never did (because company firewall had always blocked my attempts to do so)
    • Together with the previous point, maybe there is another difference in the search.ini and I will compare OK’s and NG’s to find out later…

    I research whether it is possible to find a reproducible way to obtain my OK home PC, that is Opera 12.17 with a default search.

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