Even though I set my default search engine to anything but google (usually ixquick, but sometimes its sister engine at startpage) I have occasionally been caught out by firefox’s helpful attempts to intervene if I mistakenly enter a search option in the URL navigation field (or just hit return too early). Firefox’s default action in such cases is to direct a search to google. This is not helpful to someone who actively wishes to avoid that.
The way to prevent this is to edit the firefox configuration thus:
– go to “about:config” in the navigation bar
– now search for the string “keword.url”
– right click on the returned option and select “modify”
– now enter “https://ixquick.com/do/search/?q=” and accept.
Now all mistakes will be sent to ixquick as searches and not to google.