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Can't add Google as search engine in IE 11

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    Can't add Google as search engine in IE 11


    In IE 11 on Windows 8.1, I can't add Google as (default or not) search engine in IE 11. When I click on "Add to Internet Explorer" in no dialog/pop-up comes up so I can't add it.

    I have disabled the pop-up blocker of IE and disabled also privoxy that I use.

    I had to run malware-bytes and adwcleaner, to clean my sister's laptop from minor malware (like binkiland), I don't know if it's related or not.

    Is there some .reg file available to directly add to the registry Google search engine in IE 11 (desktop version) ??
    Is there another way to add a search engine than (that does not work here), to IE search bar.

    Last edited by zebul666; 29 Apr 2015 at 14:15.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Is there anothr way to add a search engine than that does not work here ?

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    no. that's not what I asked for.

    Moreover, it's already done.
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    I just found this The latest IE11 patch prevents some Windows users from adding Google as a search provider -- if it finishes installing at all
    That may be related. I am not at the PC right now so I can't check if I have
    KB 3038314 installed or not.
    Last edited by zebul666; 29 Apr 2015 at 17:24. Reason: typo (be)
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    Win 8 64-bit

    Ya, see this thread from last week:

    Unable to recently select Google Search engine in IE11
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    OSX, Linux Windows

    Hi everyone,

    This is my (working) solution:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{045E0E8E-03DF-45D7-A725-63C70815808E}]
    "URL"="{searchTerms}&sourceid=ie7&{language}:{referrer:source}&ie={inputEncoding ?}&oe={outputEncoding?}"
    "SuggestionsURL"="{searchTerms}&client=ie8&mw={ie:maxWidth}&sh={ie:sectionHeight}&rh={ie:rowHeight}&inputenco ding={inputEncoding}&outputencoding={outputEncoding}"

    Logoff and login, and voila!

    Please remember - it's a workaround!
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