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Q: Google Search Preferences ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Google Search Preferences
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: elling85-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 17 Oct 2006 10:58 PDT
Expires: 16 Nov 2006 09:58 PST
Question ID: 774386
Is there a way to avoid ending up at my local version of Google web
search by default? If I enter in my browser, I get
automatically redirected and forced into I don't want
this, I want to use the international (or American if you will)
version of the search engine, even though I am Norwegian and live in
Norway. By default. I don't want to ever even
see Can I for instance set a cookie that tells Google to
not redirect me? Or is there a setting I have missed somewhere? I am
fairly familiar with computer stuff, so if there is a "hack"
available, I'll figure out how to use it.

Clarification of Question by elling85-ga on 17 Oct 2006 12:53 PDT
By the way, I know I can use Google Toolbar in Firefox or Internet
Explorer and select which version of Google Web Search I want to use,
and I know I can add the US International version explicitly to my
Firefox search box in both 1.5 and 2.0. I also know that I can simply
type instead of just to reach the
version of Google I want to use.

What I want is a way to get to when I type "",
for instance via a cookie or if there is a preference somewhere I can
change or a hack. The only time I should ever end up at is
when I type "" into my address box.

Thank you :)

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 17 Oct 2006 17:00 PDT
Try deleting your cookies (sorry!), and then type in as your first destination.

I think Google might then set a cookie to return you to this site on a
routine basis.

Let me know if it works out.


Clarification of Question by elling85-ga on 18 Oct 2006 03:03 PDT
Unfortunately, no, that didn't solve the problem. I deleted all
Google-related cookies, opened my browser and headed for
"", but when I later entered just "", I
ended up at the Norwegian version again.

I wish Google would give it's users a preference choice somewhere...

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 18 Oct 2006 04:25 PDT
Dear elling85-ga,

I normally get sent back to so I tried setting my home
page in Firefox to :// I've cancelled cookies
and opened/closed the browser a couple of times and this seems to work
for me.


Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 18 Oct 2006 04:30 PDT
These pages also suggest this option.
Let me know if it works for you and I'll post it as answer.

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 18 Oct 2006 05:02 PDT
This blog of the 21 August suggests that you will still get Norwegian
adwords, etc., as Google still checks your IP. You may wish to test

Clarification of Question by elling85-ga on 18 Oct 2006 13:51 PDT
"" did exactly what I was looking for. I just
pointed my browser towards this address once, and now the only time I
end up at is if I type that address in my browser. I'm not
too worried that I'll still get "relevant" results and ads based on my
country, I just want the features associated with the international

Thank you so much :)
Subject: Re: Google Search Preferences
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 19 Oct 2006 00:14 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear elling85-ga,

I am pleased to see that it has worked for you. By way of an answer,
I'll just post the link.

elling85-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Excellent answer, this was exactly what I was looking for.

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