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How do I revert to the default Google search engine in Chrome?

Most sites have a simple querystring search, like http://mysite/search/?query=%s, but Google has some weird query string, and I'm not sure how to restore it.

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See… – AndreKR Oct 30 '13 at 15:21

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You can goto

Settings > Manage Search Engines
in Google Chrome and you can add Google Search Engine again. Here's how:

  1. In the bottom you will find
    Other Search Engines
    and below that text boxes for adding a new search engine.
  2. Give Name -
    Keyword -
    and paste the below code in the URL box: {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:instantExtendedEnabledParameter}ie={inputEncoding}

Hope this helps.

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No help to me. An installer has managed to overwrite the google:baseURL variable with a link to, which redirects to Trying to find how I can reset google:baseURL to the correct value. The Google search engine has exactly the text you provide but gets the bad link injected. – Steve Crane Aug 24 '14 at 16:50
That sounds very much like malware. Try running a scan using malwarebytes to kill any infections. – jamesakadamingo Sep 3 '14 at 5:52

Goto Chrome → Settings and click on the Manage Search Engines button.

Add new search engine

  • Name: Google
  • Keyword:
  • Url: {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:instantExtendedEnabledParameter}ie={inputEncoding}

This is what I have set in Chrome.

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(My answer from webapps.SA)

If you just want to permanently use (or any other fixed URL) as the search engine, above two methods probably is not what you are looking for. /ncr and adding another search engine both breaks the default realtime search functionality. Try this,

  1. Close all the Chrome/chromium browsers,
  2. go to User Data folder

    • Windows: users\username\appdata\local\google\chromium\User Data (or similar - please edit if this is wrong)
    • Linux: ~/.config/chromium/Default
  3. open the file named LocalState (windows) or Preferences in vim/notepad, and change,

    • last_known_google_url and
    • last_prompted_google_url to whatever the baseURL you want. Ex. ""
  4. Save.

For more info look at this old bug report.

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On OS X you can find the last_known_google_url in ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences – Mennny Apr 2 at 7:59

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