Yes, it may happen to you if you don’t read what there in the installation wizard while you are installing a free software on your computer which saved lot of money, we are not telling you to not download and install free software from internet, but when you install then please read the things and information before clicking next.
Now when you don’t read, you might see some useless toolbars and other things pop up while you use internet in your favorite internet browsers like Firefox, IE and Chrome. As when these toolbars get installed as an extension or a plugin inside your browser without you knowing about it, you might face problems like when you try to search from address bar, the search results you see are not from google but from some other services like Findamo.com or DAMO as you can see in the snapshots below.
Many users reported about the findamo.com has hijacked my homepage in google chrome or firefox, Findamo Search (DAMO) is a browser hijacker that will prevail over your default search engine. It modifies some settings on the infected computer and makes Findamo Search as the homepage. With this threat, infected computer’s Internet browser will keep on redirecting to findamo.com and all search results are altered to serve relevant ads based on user’s search terms.
Another most common browser toolbar which we see on many infected browsers is the ask toolbar which comes bundled in the setup files of most of the freeware programs and it normally installs itself in browser as an extension.
Now lets talk about how to fix when you cant search on google or preferred browser search service from address bar in your browser, please note that the procedure to fix this varies across different browsers like IE, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Fix Address Bar Search Redirect in Google Chrome
Go to google chrome >> settings.
Now under settings, locate search and then click Manage Search Engines button.
Now, you can set google as default search engine in your google chrome browser by clicking google and then click make default.
Now you can exit and next time you search from address bar, search results should show up from google rather than redirecting to other websites for showing search results.
Fix Address Bar Search Redirect in IE
In order to fix address bar search redirect in IE, you need to go to manage addons
Under manage add-ons, you will need to set the default search provider to bing
In case you want to set google as default search provider, you should click find more search provider and then select google at iegallery.com search provider page.
Fix Firefox Address Bar Search Redirect
In Firefox address bar type about:config and press enter. Search for Keyword, Locate and double-click the entry for keyword.URL
Modify it by add the below set of values as per your preference