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Addressbar vs. Searchbar (101)

There is a big difference in the outcome using the browser's addressbar vs. the browser's searchbar.

If you type in the actual addressbar (then hit the Enter key), you are taken to the one and only website, but if you type that in a searchbar, you are presented with various search results that likely include imposter sites!

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer                                            Google's Chrome

Microsoft, with the introduction of "Edge" in Windows 10 is skewing search vs. addressbars!  Probably to rack up their own search results. Edge does not even show the actual addressbar initially, instead it you see only their Where to Next? - a search field.

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If you want the actual addressbar, you need to
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  the approximate area where it should be (boxed in green above).  Even though the addressbar indicates "search the web" (below), that is the actual addressbar and typing our previous example of will take you there and not the search engine results.

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Browser notes and ideas:

Search engines will have some deceptive results:

Searching for Dell support - three of five are not even Dell!  More information.

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Changing the Search Engine

There are an overwhelming number of search engines out there.  Many will look like Google but are not.  You need to look at the addressbar for the actual engine you are using... seach

If you have a HiJacked search engine or simply want to change from one engine to another, e.g., Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc., here's how...

Microsoft's Internet Explorer


Windows 10 Edge


Google's Chrome


Mozilla's Firefox