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Stopping search from the Address bar in IE8

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jay-T, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Jay-T

    Jay-T Flightless Bird

    Is there some way that I can stop my computer from searching from the
    address bar in IE8?

    I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 and IE8. I have 2 home pages set up (in case
    that matters).

    Here is what happens: I type a website address in the address bar and, if I
    mistype the address, sometimes I get the message:

    Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage

    What you can try:
    Diagnose Connection Problems

    More information

    That would be okay with me because then I can look and see that I mistyped
    the address and I just fix the typo to get to the page I want.

    But, sometimes it will automatically do some kind of search from the address
    bar and I'll see something like this in the address bar:

    http://www.bing.com/search?q=sjadds.com&src=IE-SearchBox&Form=IE8SRC

    At other times, it will do a similar search but with Comcast instead of Bing
    (I have Comcast as my ISP).

    I don't want the address bar to do any kind of search, and I don't want IE8
    to change what I originally typed in the address bar. I want it to leave it
    as is so I can just go back and fix the typo without having to re-enter the
    entire website address.

    I have tried going to the Advanced settings in IE8 Tools and turning off
    search from the address bar, and I have tried removing or disabling search
    engines from the add-ons. But it won't stop searching from the address bar.

    Is there anything I can do to get IE8 to NEVER search from the address bar?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Robert Aldwinckle

    Robert Aldwinckle Flightless Bird

    "Jay-T" <Jay-T@xkrnoelcvbnm,.lkm> wrote in message news:hjcev6$vf9$2@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Is there some way that I can stop my computer from searching from the
    > address bar in IE8?
    >
    > I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 and IE8. I have 2 home pages set up (in case
    > that matters).
    >
    > Here is what happens: I type a website address in the address bar and, if I
    > mistype the address, sometimes I get the message:
    >
    > Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
    >
    > What you can try:
    > Diagnose Connection Problems
    >
    > More information
    >
    > That would be okay with me because then I can look and see that I mistyped
    > the address and I just fix the typo to get to the page I want.
    >
    > But, sometimes it will automatically do some kind of search from the address
    > bar and I'll see something like this in the address bar:
    >
    > http://www.bing.com/search?q=sjadds.com&src=IE-SearchBox&Form=IE8SRC
    >
    > At other times, it will do a similar search but with Comcast instead of Bing
    > (I have Comcast as my ISP).
    >
    > I don't want the address bar to do any kind of search, and I don't want IE8
    > to change what I originally typed in the address bar. I want it to leave it
    > as is so I can just go back and fix the typo without having to re-enter the
    > entire website address.
    >
    > I have tried going to the Advanced settings in IE8 Tools and turning off
    > search from the address bar, and I have tried removing or disabling search
    > engines from the add-ons. But it won't stop searching from the address bar.
    >


    > Is there anything I can do to get IE8 to NEVER search from the address bar?



    It's probably not IE doing it. It's probably a "feechur" of your ISP's DNS.
    You would have to trace the packet flow using a protocol analyser such
    as WireShark to know for sure.

    Alternatively, if you're lucky, on one of the pages, e.g. the one from
    Comcast, if you look closely you may find that they provide a link
    to let you request that this "feechur" be disabled.


    >
    > Thanks.



    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
    ---
     
  3. Jay-T

    Jay-T Flightless Bird

    Robert Aldwinckle wrote:
    > "Jay-T" <Jay-T@xkrnoelcvbnm,.lkm> wrote in message
    > news:hjcev6$vf9$2@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Is there some way that I can stop my computer from searching from the
    >> address bar in IE8?
    >>
    >> I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 and IE8. I have 2 home pages set up
    >> (in case that matters).
    >>
    >> Here is what happens: I type a website address in the address bar
    >> and, if I mistype the address, sometimes I get the message:
    >>
    >> Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
    >>
    >> What you can try:
    >> Diagnose Connection Problems
    >>
    >> More information
    >>
    >> That would be okay with me because then I can look and see that I
    >> mistyped the address and I just fix the typo to get to the page I
    >> want. But, sometimes it will automatically do some kind of search from
    >> the
    >> address bar and I'll see something like this in the address bar:
    >>
    >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=sjadds.com&src=IE-SearchBox&Form=IE8SRC
    >>
    >> At other times, it will do a similar search but with Comcast instead
    >> of Bing (I have Comcast as my ISP).
    >>
    >> I don't want the address bar to do any kind of search, and I don't
    >> want IE8 to change what I originally typed in the address bar. I
    >> want it to leave it as is so I can just go back and fix the typo
    >> without having to re-enter the entire website address.
    >>
    >> I have tried going to the Advanced settings in IE8 Tools and turning
    >> off search from the address bar, and I have tried removing or
    >> disabling search engines from the add-ons. But it won't stop
    >> searching from the address bar.

    >
    >> Is there anything I can do to get IE8 to NEVER search from the
    >> address bar?

    >
    >
    > It's probably not IE doing it. It's probably a "feechur" of your
    > ISP's DNS. You would have to trace the packet flow using a protocol
    > analyser such
    > as WireShark to know for sure.
    >
    > Alternatively, if you're lucky, on one of the pages, e.g. the one from
    > Comcast, if you look closely you may find that they provide a link
    > to let you request that this "feechur" be disabled.
    >
    >
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    >
    > Good luck
    >
    > Robert Aldwinckle
    > ---


    Thanks.

    I did suspect that it is one of their stupid "feechurs" that we all want,
    need, and love that they sneak in there. I did try checking everywhere in
    Comcast's so-called "help" and couldn't find it. But, when I get a chance
    I'll try the WireShark idea if I can figure that out.

    I hate when these companies seize my computer for their own purposes -- such
    as to automatically direct me to their pages so they can get more page hits
    and sell more and charge more for the ads on those pages.
     
  4. Jeffrey W. Bowen

    Jeffrey W. Bowen Flightless Bird

    Hello Jay-T,

    In IE 8, go to Tools - Internet Options. Then click on the 'Advanced' tab.
    Scroll down until you see a section marked, 'Search from the Address Bar'.
    It is just before the 'Security' section.

    Then, click on 'Do not submit unknown addresses to your auto-search
    provider'.

    Hopefully this will fix your problem.

    Good luck.


    --
    Peace,

    Jeffrey W. Bowen
    Remove NO SPAM entries from email address to send personal email.

    Please post replies of successes or failures so we all can benefit from each
    others' experiences.

    "Jay-T" <Jay-T@xkrnoelcvbnm,.lkm> wrote in message
    news:hjcev6$vf9$2@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Is there some way that I can stop my computer from searching from the
    > address bar in IE8?
    >
    > I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 and IE8. I have 2 home pages set up (in
    > case
    > that matters).
    >
    > Here is what happens: I type a website address in the address bar and, if
    > I
    > mistype the address, sometimes I get the message:
    >
    > Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
    >
    > What you can try:
    > Diagnose Connection Problems
    >
    > More information
    >
    > That would be okay with me because then I can look and see that I mistyped
    > the address and I just fix the typo to get to the page I want.
    >
    > But, sometimes it will automatically do some kind of search from the
    > address
    > bar and I'll see something like this in the address bar:
    >
    > http://www.bing.com/search?q=sjadds.com&src=IE-SearchBox&Form=IE8SRC
    >
    > At other times, it will do a similar search but with Comcast instead of
    > Bing
    > (I have Comcast as my ISP).
    >
    > I don't want the address bar to do any kind of search, and I don't want
    > IE8
    > to change what I originally typed in the address bar. I want it to leave
    > it
    > as is so I can just go back and fix the typo without having to re-enter
    > the
    > entire website address.
    >
    > I have tried going to the Advanced settings in IE8 Tools and turning off
    > search from the address bar, and I have tried removing or disabling search
    > engines from the add-ons. But it won't stop searching from the address
    > bar.
    >
    > Is there anything I can do to get IE8 to NEVER search from the address
    > bar?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >
     

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