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?


  1. Go to %programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins

  2. Open google.xml

  3. Replace any https://... By http://...

  4. Do not forget to log out your Google account. If you are logged in, you will be redirected to the SSL protocol.

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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:

    1. Go to %programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\browser\searchplugins
    2. Open google.xml file and replace https with http.
    3. Save it and you're done.

      • If you have a firefox profile created, After changing google.xml:
    4. Go to your Firefox profile. HOW?

    5. Delete search.json file and reopen your Firefox
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  • non of these two solutions works for me now :( – Bobs Sep 9 '13 at 11:19
  • @breceivemail what version do you use? – undone Sep 9 '13 at 19:20
  • version 24.0 beta – Bobs Sep 10 '13 at 5:06
  • @breceivemail It's google not firefox! – undone Sep 10 '13 at 6:05
  • I've searched but it seems there no easy way to stop google from redirecting requests to HTTPS. – undone Sep 10 '13 at 6:06

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.

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