Closed Bug 1194992 Opened 4 years ago Closed 4 years ago

Firefox changes Windows 10 search at installation without asking

Categories

(Firefox :: Untriaged, defect)

40 Branch
defect
Not set

Tracking

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RESOLVED WONTFIX

People

(Reporter: brawl98, Unassigned)

References

(Blocks 1 open bug)

Details

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:41.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/41.0
Build ID: 20150811185633

Steps to reproduce:

1. Install Firefox 40 on Windows 10

(ignore my user agent)


Actual results:

Windows 10 search is redirected to Google/the default search provider in Firefox


Expected results:

Firefox should ask before it changes the search or it shouldn't change the Windows 10 web search at all.
I think I read a similar report on the French support board...
Blocks: windows-10
Does it happen even if Firefox is not the default browser?
(In reply to brawl98 from comment #0)
> Windows 10 search is redirected to Google/the default search provider in
> Firefox
It's the default search provider.

> Expected results:
> 
> Firefox should ask before it changes the search or it shouldn't change the
> Windows 10 web search at all.

There's a setting in the "Search" pane of preferences : "Use this engine for searches from Windows" that you can disable if you want to keep using Bing.
:dolske, Should there be some kind of notification to show ?
Flags: needinfo?(dolske)
(In reply to Josh Tumath from comment #2)
> Does it happen even if Firefox is not the default browser?
No, this only happens when Firefox is the default browser.

(In reply to Tim Nguyen [:ntim] (mostly away until 26 August) from comment #3)
> There's a setting in the "Search" pane of preferences : "Use this engine for
> searches from Windows" that you can disable if you want to keep using Bing.
I know, but I think users should be informed before Firefox changes the search engine.
(In reply to Tim Nguyen [:ntim] (mostly away until 26 August) from comment #4)
> :dolske, Should there be some kind of notification to show ?

Nope.

This is working as designed, and gives users choice where Microsoft didn't provide any. Notifications and prompts can be user annoyances, and it's best to reserve then for cases where there's a clear need to inform the user and have them make an explicit decision. Otherwise apps should provide reasonable defaults, and appropriate control to change those defaults. 

Note that Firefox doesn't change any defaults -- it just rewrites search requests given to it from the OS, so that Cortana searches behave consistently with browser searches. This happens entirely within Firefox.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Closed: 4 years ago
Flags: needinfo?(dolske)
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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