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Removing Linux Mint’s Google page hack from Firefox

10 Mar

I know this is a revenue stream for Linux Mint, but I just can’t do without the “more options” on the normal Google search results page that allow me to  limit searches to results from the last year, or the last 24 hours, etc. So, thanks to some folks at the Mint forum, here’s a quick way to restore normal Google pages:

1) go to this page and click “add to Firefox” https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3682

2) go to Google’s home page and Right-Click in the search box. Select “add to search bar.”

3) go to “manage search engines” (click the drop down arrow on the search bar)

4) remove the old Google search engine, and move the new one to the top.

Clem, if you can come up with a way to keep all of Google’s functionality on the results pages, I’d be more than happy to keep the Mint hacks in place.

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Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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6 responses to “Removing Linux Mint’s Google page hack from Firefox

  1. hmm...

    April 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    To be honest, if you like Linux Mint and want to support them, you can just put up with the limitations for their benefit.

     
  2. eyemeansit

    April 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I do really like Linux Mint. Currently using Linux Mint Debian Edition, 64 bit version. As I said in the post, if it was not an “either-or” proposition, I’d keep the Mint Google page in my Firefox “for their benefit.” But since that is not currently an option, I choose to remove it, and have shared it here for others who feel as I do. Thanks for dropping by!

     
  3. osiaq

    April 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Fully agree. I do like LMDE I would be more than happy to support them with traffic but limitations, especially lack of image search forced me to remove FF hack as well. Nice blog anyways!

     
  4. classified

    June 6, 2011 at 12:00 am

    “To be honest, if you like Linux Mint and want to support them, you can just put up with the limitations for their benefit.”

    the funny thing is they have deliberately made it harder to remove their custom search and just use the default provided with firefox, this is disgusting adware behaviour…

     
  5. Ken

    June 6, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Unfortunately, these instructions don’t quite work right. If you type something into the location bar, it still uses the old spammy Mint search.

    And don’t give me this crap about “supporting Mint”. Mint is built on thousands and thousands of open source projects, most notably the Linux Kernel, GNU, and Gnome. Those are where the real is, and yet Linus Torvalds doesn’t try to sell you detergent.

     
  6. eyemeansit

    June 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Please Note: these instructions were for a previous version of Linux Mint, and may not work for current versions… I have not tried them, as I have been using several other OS’s since I wrote this post, most notably LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition). Cheers!

     

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