By default Firefox browser location bar is associated with Google I'm Feeling Lucky search. When users type a keyword like "Google Maps" in location bar Firefox performs I'm Feeling Lucky search and takes users directly to maps.google.com page.
This is a wonderful feature of Firefox which I like a lot. But this feature disappeared after installing Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo IM hijacks this feature by replacing Google I'm Feeling Lucky with Yahoo search engine without our consent. Yahoo IM installation silently does this evil without even providing any options to skip this modification.
If you are a victim of Yahoo IM like me then follow these simple steps to restore Google's I'm Feeling Lucky
- Open Firefox browser
- Type about:config in location bar and press enter
- Search for configuration key keyword.URL and select it
- Right click on the configuration key keyword.URL and choose Reset from the shortcut menu. Firefox automatically reset value to http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=
- That's all. From now onwards Firefox uses Google's I'm Feeling Lucky when you type keywords in URL bar.