Yesterday I had to deal with a very frustrating issue. I was forced to use my old laptop that I personally didn’t use for a while and whenever I tried to type in a URL of my own website or any other website in browser I would be redirected to Ask.com search results (or ad results). This happened although the URLs I was typing were correct, so it definitely felt like my Chrome browser was hijacked.
The fix was quite simple (although I still have hard time to understand why I would be redirected when my URLs were correct). Here is what to do:
- Click that strange button to the right of your browser as shown on the image below. When you hover over it it says: “Customize and control Google Chrome”. Then choose Settings from drop-down menu.
Yeah, I always have that many tabs open 🙂
- A page will open. Scroll down to where you see:
Set which search engine is used when searching from the omnibox. Sure enough, you have Ask.com chosen. Change it to Google or another search engine you can live with. Voilà!