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by ralphak / April 18, 2013 2:13 AM PDT

How can I prevent from taking over when I do a Google search in Firefox 20.0.1? Once it takes over the page nothing else happens and I have to close the page or back out of it. It happens with 95% of my Google searches.

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Try disabling some add-ons
by wpgwpg / April 18, 2013 2:57 AM PDT
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Press CTRL+SHIFT+A in Firefox to get the Add-ons list. Disable the appropriate one(s).

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by ralphak / April 18, 2013 9:25 PM PDT

I disabled the only two add-ons having the Google name: Googel Earth Plugin and Google Update, but neither made any difference. There were no other Google add-ons. Maybe I didn't explain the problem as well as I should have in the first place.

When I do a search with Google, the result is a number of websites that Google associates with my search term. When I click on one of these to go to their website, the address bar displays something like this and the page simply hangs, <<>>

With some searches I'm able to go to the website that Google lists, but in about 95% of the cases it goes to I haven't been able to determine what is the difference between those that work normally and the majority that don't.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 18, 2013 9:36 PM PDT
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It seems you click on a sponsored link (an ad). Don't do that then. Only click non-sponsored links in Firefox, until you solved this.

Any privacy or security or anti-ad software you installed can be related to this issue. It's up to you to find out which of those it is.

Things to try for diagnostics:
- use another browser
- disable more add-ons
- make a new Windows account and try there


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by ralphak / April 19, 2013 4:59 AM PDT

Thanks. I would have expected that those links that are sponsored would be identifiable in some way, but they're not. Maybe my best solution is to stop using Google and go with a different search engine altogether.

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