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Whenever I hit cmd+K in Firefox I get redirected to a Google search page. I would expect it to just go to www.google.com but instead it sends me to a link that looks like this:

https://www.google.nl/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=VARIABLE_PART

The part after ei= changes everytime I hit the keyboard shortcut.

What does this part mean? Why does it change?

I'm on Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Firefox v28.0

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closed as off-topic by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Heptite, Bart Arondson, Kevin Panko, random Apr 25 at 13:52

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The ei value appears to be some sort of timestamp generated for the search. Check out the following link for more information: http://blog.deedpolloffice.com/articles/decoding-ei-parameter

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