Every time I start typing a search string into the Chrome omnibox which starts with "github", Chrome turns it into a site-specific search (see attached GIF).

This only seems to happen for GitHub. I don't think this is due to an extension because it even happens in incognito windows. This effectively makes it impossible to search for anything starting with the word "github".

How can I disable this behavior?

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  • Have you uninstalled or disabled the add-on to verify it is without a shadow of doubt not cause by an add-on? This does not happen to me. – Ramhound Jan 20 '16 at 20:20
  • I disabled all extensions (screenshot) then restarted Chrome. The undesirable behavior still happens. "About Google Chrome" shows "Version 47.0.2526.111 (64-bit)". – tboyce12 Jan 20 '16 at 21:08

In Chrome's Settings, Search, Manage search engines under your entry for github change the middle field (Keyword) to something that won't so readily capture github search.

E.g. change github to github.com or search_github.

The keyword field is used for the trigger to invoke the particular search engine.

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Credit goes to https://stackoverflow.com/a/33590538/1529675

This behavior can be caused by a "Custom Search Engine" in Chrome preferences. Go in to Settings, Search, then Manage search engines, then scroll down to find and remove Github (or the offending specific site).

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