In the Firefox browser, there are several built-in search engines including Google, Baidu, DuckDuckGo, etc. The user can set it as the default according to his own preference. After updating to Firefox browser version 98, some users may notice that their default search engine has been changed.
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Why did my search engine change?
This change occurred because Mozilla was unable to obtain a formal license to continue to include certain search engines in the Firefox browser. Mozilla offers previously included search engines an opportunity to sign an agreement, and engines that do not complete the agreement will be removed from the Firefox browser.
What is happening now?
After upgrading to Firefox 98, a notification will appear at the top of the browser to remind you that your default search engine has changed. It will also tell you what the new default search engine is and redirect you to an article with instructions on how to change to a different search engine if you want to.
Will users be able to reconfigure their preferred search engine after this change is implemented?
If users wish to continue using a removed engine, they will need to install a third-party search plugin or extension for that engine. Plus, they can configure another search engine from an existing search engine. To learn more, visit Add or remove search engines in Firefox.
Which countries and regions will be affected by this change?
This change will apply to users in all countries using the affected search engine in Mozilla.