Prevent Time Warner from Hijacking Your Bing Address Bar Searches

by Aaron 26. September 2013 19:43

I use Bing as my default search engine and browser home page.  What can I say?  I like the daily Bing image!  I also like Bing as a search engine.  If I can't find something on Bing, I sometimes fall back to Google, but that's pretty rare.

I noticed over the past week or two, when I do a search in the address bar, I end up with a Time Warner search page.  I thought maybe it was my new cable modem since it doesn't happen when I'm at work on the same laptop.

I searched around for some answers and found that some other people are experiencing the same thing.  One answer I found was to update my DNS servers to the Google public DNS servers.  I tried updating the DNS server entries on my router without any success.

I found that I could see the bing.com address in the address bar just before it switched to the Time Warner search page.  So I ran Fiddler2 to capture the traffic.  I did a search from the Bing home page directly to see the differences.

The major difference that I found is that the Bing add-on for IE uses a query string parameter named src with a value of ie9tr.  When I take that query string parameter out, the URL from the address bar search goes through and I get Bing results back.

The trick is to open the registry editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.  Look for the TopResultURL value.  Edit the data changing the data from http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&src=ie9tr to http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms} removing "&src=ie9tr".

After doing that and restarting Internet Explorer, my address bar searches now go through without being redirected by Time Warner.

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