I know that Firefox 14 has enabled Secure Sockets Layer (SSL or https) search for its Google search plug-in. How can I disable it?
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It's been a year since breceivemail answered this question and there are little changes:
If you can not find
google.xml file or by chnaging it, nothing happens, follow these instructions:
If you have not created a Firefox profile:
google.xmlfile and replace
Save it and you're done.
Go to your Firefox profile. HOW?
search.jsonfile and reopen your Firefox
The above accepted answer used to work for me, but it appears it is no longer sufficient. I noticed using Fiddler that sending HTTP requests to Google would always return 302s, redirecting me to the HTTPS url as long as a Firefox user agent string was included in the request header. This is my current user agent string using Firefox 24 on Windows 7 x64:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/24.0
So for me, a simple fix was to start using the User Agent Quick Switch add-on for Firefox. I changed my user agent string like this - just removed the Firefox/24.0 at the end:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20100101
And now I am getting Google without HTTPS again. Go figure.