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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, Saaru Lindestøkke, Kevin Panko, random Apr 25 '14 at 13:52

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question is not about computer hardware or software, within the scope defined in the help center." – random
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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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