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Sep
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fireofxAs you guys know a couple of days ago Google released its new Instant Search features for its search engine. Basically, as the name suggests, from now on you will be able to see search result as-you-type. Yesterday, I also updated my Firefox to the latest version and that’s where all my issues started. In fact, right after I updated Firefox, Google homepage lost its ability to return Instant search result! Basically, Google Instant Search didn’t work anymore. So, let’s see how I fixed this issue!

Believe it or not I tried everything. I cleared Firefox recent history, I uninstalled Firefox and installed it back, I cleared my computer temp folder (including my Internet temp folder) using CCleaner,  I tried to use some of the well-known Google addresses such as: http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en or http://www.google.com/webhp?sclient=psy but Google Instant Search didn’t work at all.  Also, for some uknown reason it stopped working right after I updated my FF. In the end the trick to fix the issue was rather simple and had to with Google cookies (probability). Here is the simple fix procedure:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Clear Recent History.
  4. A new window will appear on your screen.
  5. In the Time Range to Clear drop-down menu select Everything.
  6. Make sure to tick, among the other options available  the Site Preferences checkbox..
  7. Click Clear Now.

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10 Comments to “How to Solve Google Instant Search Doesn’t Work in Firefox”

  1. kedar Says:

    It not working for me. I am running FF 3.6.10

  2. Don Juan Says:

    You have to try InstantFirefox.

    This is the best (in my opinion) way to use Instant Google and Firefox.

    Right from the address bar !

    I love it !!

    get it here: Instant Firefox

  3. nm04 Says:

    thanks a lot that works 4 me

  4. Pegapalo Says:

    Symptom: Google instant did not work with Firefox, 3.6. XX while it worked in Chrome and IE 8. Since Firefox was my default, it bothered me a lot because I always use Google to do searches. Since it was an exclusive Firefox problem, it worked fine in Chrome and IE 8, I dedicated some time to check what the problem was. After doing a bunch of stuff that did not worked, for me as it was (Remember that results vary depending on individual basis) Clearing history, cache, cookies, configuration of the Dom Storage, playing with the settings, etc etc etc. It was time to go to the add ons I got. I went and disabled them one by one until I came across this Add-on named “XUL Runner time”, which appears to be a Firefox download. I disabled it and, BINGO, back in business with the Google instant search. Running version 3.6. XX Open Firefox > Tools > Add ons . Window will Pop showing Add-ons, look for XUL Runner 1.9. and click Disable. Restart Firefox, and Google inst. should be working now.

  5. Raj Says:

    None of the above worked for me. In the end simple solution which works and I tested it on different machines. Hit the down arrow button next to typing window in google toolbar. On the bottom, click on manage. Pop up window opens and on the bottom click on, restore defaults and you are back on track.

  6. Alison Says:

    Thank you. Solved my problem.

  7. Eric Says:

    Thank you, that fixed it, You are awesome.

  8. blaj Says:

    https everywhere add-on was responsible in my case

  9. blaj Says:

    PS. you can still use HTTPS Everywhere. You just need to go into its preferences and disable all google sites from using the add-on. I also disabled google instant which i find annoying anyway. You disable that right from googles main page.

  10. JeffL Says:

    I got it to work again by deleting the Google cookies.

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