When I type
http://www.google.co.uk in the URL bar Firefox rewrites it as
https://www.google.co.uk. This is a problem for me as HTTPS is blocked on my network for content filtering purposes.
Until a few days ago this was not the case, but during some experimentation I seem to have visited the HTTPS version of the site once or twice and also had the HTTPS Everywhere addon installed for a time. Now, no matter what I do Firefox redirects there. Sometimes it doesn't; sometimes I load the browser and the HTTP version loads fine, but then the next time it's oddly trying HTTPS again and nothing can shift it until a few session restarts later. I don't understand why it seems to sporadically use HTTP and HTTPS.
I'm using Firefox 23.0 and Ubuntu 12.04.
I've tried a number of things so far:
- Clearing everything from history
- Resetting Firefox and using safe mode
- Deleting all the profile data in
.mozillafolder and creating a new profile
- Completely purging Firefox and deleting
How can I fix this so that Firefox just loads Google in non-HTTPS?
Maybe it's Google doing the redirect, but I just don't understand why it was fine until a few days ago, and also why it only does it sporadically.
Even when I try typing in
nosslsearch.google.com I get redirected to the HTTPS version!
Lastly, when I log into another user account on the computer, and try Firefox with Google I see no problems with redirects, just as it had always been until recently on the above account.
EDIT: I should also mention I am not logged into any Google account.