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Chrome's default search engine is https://www.google.com.

How we can force chrome to use http://www.google.com without https?

I need a solution that allows proxies to rewrite my URLs, but https currently makes this impossible...

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Why would you want to? HTTPS makes your traffic secure and keeps the traffic (and searches) away from snooping eyes. Google has gone to HTTPS for everything by default if I recall correctly. –  Mei Jan 11 '12 at 19:14
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unfortunately google.com is with https filtered in my country –  mehman Jan 11 '12 at 19:38
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If you are signed into a google account it appears to default to https I was unable to go to http google while signed in to either of my accounts. try for you self in a new private window. –  nhutto Jan 11 '12 at 20:43
    
@nhutto: Google redirects HTTP to HTTPS by default. –  Mei Jan 12 '12 at 19:58
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that other question's answers don't provide a solution to stop it. It's annoying 'cos i'm using Privoxy and would like filters to operate on google and they don't 'cos it is using https –  barlop Mar 12 '12 at 21:11

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In deed it is possible to configure any browser to use Google without SSL. This technique is called "NORD Technique" (I named it :-))

Quick (Temporary) Solution

It is sufficient to use "http://www.google.com/search?nord=1&q=%s" as the search engine url.

Detailed (Permanent) Solution

For the sake of the question, I will make a step by step explanation for Google Chrome.

  • Open "Settings" panel.
  • Click "Manage search engines..." button under "Search" heading on the settings panel.
  • "Search Engines" pane has two sections: "Default search engines" and "Other search engines"
  • At the bottom of the "Other search engines" section, you'll see a form which we'll make use to add a new search engine. search engine add form
  • In that (above mentioned) form, fill in first two input boxes with whatever you like, I use "Google NonSSL" for the first input and "GoogleNonSsl" for the second. (First one is just a name, and second one is the keyword to use this engine)
  • Fill in the last input box with: http://www.google.com/search?nord=1&q=%s
  • Press ENTER

At this phase it's enough to use Google w/o SSL by using the keyword you have chosen.

Further, we'll make this new added search engine the default search engine, so your all search es within the omnibar will use non-ssl Google. To do this, find the relevant listing row on the "Other search engines" list, hover it and click revealed "Make default" link.

That's all.

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You can manage your search engines in Google Chrome by going into the Wrench menu, selecting Preferences, and then clicking on Manage Search Engines (towards the bottom in the Search section).

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how can manage search engine? –  mehman Jan 11 '12 at 22:44
    
Follow the directions and you'll see. Just click on a selection and edit it to your heart's content. –  Mei Jan 12 '12 at 15:03
    
ok, but redirect to https –  mehman Jan 12 '12 at 19:40
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Google is also redirecting to HTTPS itself; they documented that in this web post. There is some good discussion about how to turn off the Google redirection here. I found these by doing a Google search. –  Mei Jan 12 '12 at 19:53
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@david I have no "preferences" option so you mean support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95653 the wrench then options/preferences, then basic, then manage search engines. anyhow, it doesn't stop it from going to https for google. –  barlop Mar 12 '12 at 21:07

You cannot disable SSL if you are signed into your Google account. However, you can configure your network's DNS records using the NoSSLSearch option. See SSL Search at Google Help for more information.

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says about using DNS to point to nosslsearch.google.com Looks promising, but if I go to that URL Directly it still goes to https. maybe i'm doing something wrong there but it doesn't seem to work –  barlop Mar 12 '12 at 21:40
    
Yes. That is how DNS/CNAME works. You can't do the redirection yourself. –  iglvzx Mar 12 '12 at 21:41
    
what do you mean? I tried it in the hosts file it also didn't work. so if i can't do it directly and can't do it in the hosts file, where would i do it? –  barlop Mar 12 '12 at 21:47
    
With an actual DNS server. –  iglvzx Mar 12 '12 at 21:49
    
any suggestions of a quick freeware dns server I could set up? –  barlop Mar 12 '12 at 22:10

Google has stopped allowing non-ssl connections to www.google.com when you are signed in. The only way that you can access http://www.google.com is to be signed out.

For the sake of my own curiosity, why would you want to be connected to http:

Source

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"With SSL, content filters and proxies on your network may not be able to see or modify the search query or Google’s response." -Google Help –  iglvzx Mar 12 '12 at 21:36
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cos i'm playing with privoxy and google is my homepage, and privoxy (and perhaps other web proxies too like squid), doesn't work with https –  barlop Mar 12 '12 at 21:36
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Gotcha. Can you update your question for this as you'll end up getting a lot of answers like mine if you're trying to use it via proxies. –  Dez Mar 12 '12 at 23:18
    
they can write their curiousity in a comment, but really the question isn't how do i do it with a proxy. though if all direct answers are exhausted i'd give such an approach a look. iglvzx may be onto something, though testing it, setting up a DNS server which i've never done before,looks like a big project, not a 5/10min thing to set up! –  barlop Mar 13 '12 at 2:14
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Untested but theoretically possible: Your Computer -> Privoxy -> SSLStrip -> Your Router. SSLStrip should make the site visible to Privoxy's filtering. –  Jeremy W Mar 13 '12 at 16:19

Unfortunately there is currently no known way to do that; you have to sign out.

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Does this affect other Google domains? The help section for that option implies that it is for gmail.com only. –  iglvzx Mar 12 '12 at 21:33
    
sorry , i thought it would be work , but it didn't :( –  hamed Mar 12 '12 at 21:44

Use an Incognito-mode window by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N.

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You would think that HTTPS would specifically be used in the “privacy” mode. :roll: –  Synetech Mar 13 '12 at 4:50

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