How to fix Firefox search to use the local Google search
Important: Did you install the right Firefox version for your locale/language? If not then install that first and then come back here if you're still having a problem.
After trying for some time to figure out why the Google search in Firefox was sending me to google.com instead of google.co.uk I finally figured it out. But first make sure that your locale and search settings are right.
- Type about:config into the Firefox address bar and press Enter.
- Click the button: I'll be careful, I promise!
- Type useragent.locale into the filter.
- Make sure that your correct locale is shown there. For UK English it's en-GB. Double-click to change
- Clear the filter and enter keyword.url
- If google.com is showing there change it to the one you want.
If you changed any settings then restart Firefox. If all of the above are right and you've originally installed the correct Firefox version for your locale, but still have the problem then it's time to remove the offending cookie.
- Open the Firefox Preferences menu (Options in Firefox 4).
- Select the Privacy tab.
- Click the remove individual cookies link.
- Type google.com into the search.
- Select and delete the cookie named PREF.
Now try searching using the search box to see if it's fixed. If not then repeat 1-4 above, but delete all the google.com cookies. Note that you will be logged out of all or most google services.
If this didn't solve it for you please say so below and I'll see if I can find a solution for you.
UPDATE: If above doesn't work please check these options in about:config
- browser.search.countryCode : GB
- browser.search.isUS : false
- browser.search.region : GB
Also, the default is for Firefox to NOT use the OS locale. You can try changing intl.locale.matchOS to true.