Use DuckDuckGo for IE search

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 2 years and 11 months ago • Updated: 2 years and 11 months ago
I go to duckduckgo.com, click use in IE, a balloon pops up "Use DuckDuckGo for IE search?" and no popup asking me to use in IE/make default as have seen before??? Popup's are allowed. Have done a complete reset of IE that requires restart. clean install of win 8.1 with all updates current. It was removed from Microsoft gallery/add-ons some time ago. cant find a downloadable plug in or know how to add manually. Would appreciate any help

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x.15a2
I've replicated what you are seeing in IE 11 on Win 8.1 and will report to the devs. In the mean-time, it seems that your only option in IE is to set DDG as your home page. I'll post back when I learn more.

Thanks for using DDG and thanks for posting this issue.
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
I've been studying this also. Microsoft, it seems, doesn't want Windows users to have real choice so they have created blocks to adding search providers; probably in a recent security update. In some web searches I did find someone that had written a registry script that added all the necessary keys to manually add google to the search providers in IE11. No doubt someone skilled at registry keys could do this for DDG?
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
Okay... I exported my own DDG key and was able to use that to add DDG to a new PC setup for a client. I'm no pro at this but I changed the line that directs the "FaviconPath" to the local user on the subject PC. I'm sure someone that really knows what they're doing could add something that would automate that target location. The file has [localuser] in the "FaviconPath" line. After adding DDG to this IE11 in this manner, testing shows that it searches correctly from the address line and I was able to remove the default Bing line from the search providers addon list. Here's what it looks like:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{F16B49CF-3016-4CDF-BB4D-625E56D2E4E3}]
"DisplayName"="DuckDuckGo"
"URL"="https://duckduckgo.com/?q={searchTerms}"
"Codepage"=dword:0000fde9
"OSDFileURL"="http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/AddOns/Do..."
"FaviconURL"="http://duckduckgo.com/favicon.ico"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\[localuser]\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{F16B49CF-3016-4CDF-BB4D-625E56D2E4E3}.ico"
"SortIndex"=dword:00000001
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
x.15a2
That's very close. The major issue is that the GUID that you show is unique to each user and is linked to other registry entries, so your entries can't just be added to the registry as-is for it to work for other.

NOTE: If you are not familiar with making registry changes, do not attempt any of this. If you are familiar with making registry changes, I still suggest that you make a registry backup before attempting any of this.

Here's what I did:
  • In IE, add the Yahoo! search engine
  • Open your registry editor and go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\
  • In the sub-keys, find and export the Yahoo search key
  • Edit the exported .reg file
  • Keep entire first line (the one with the GUID), delete the remaining
  • Paste the following text, immediately after the 1st line:
    Code:
    "DisplayName"="DuckDuckGo"
    "URL"="https://duckduckgo.com/?q={searchTerms}"
    "Codepage"=dword:0000fde9
    "OSDFileURL"="http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/AddOns/Do..."
    "FaviconURL"="http://duckduckgo.com/favicon.ico"
    "FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\[localuser]\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{YOUR GUID}.ico"
    "SortIndex"=dword:00000001 
  • Replace YOUR GUID with the GUID from the first line
  • Install the .reg file into your registry
  • Start IE and you'll see your new search in the URL\Search field[/List
    You may not see the DDG favicon right away, but it will show up.
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
I have another computer with the same user name/operating system resides and previously the feature at DuckDuckGo.com "add to IE" worked. I exported the key for DuckDuckGo...

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{91131BE1-F9DF-4EBE-8415-7794F53C07DD}]
"Codepage"=dword:0000fde9
"DisplayName"="DuckDuckGo"
"OSDFileURL"="https://duckduckgo.com/opensearch.xml"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Harry\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{91131BE1-F9DF-4EBE-8415-7794F53C07DD}.ico"
"FaviconURL"="https://duckduckgo.com/favicon.ico"
"SuggestionsURL_JSON"="https://ac.duckduckgo.com/ac/?q={searchTerms}&type=list"
"ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001
"ShowTopResult"=dword:00000001
"SortIndex"=dword:000000c8
"URL"="https://duckduckgo.com/?q={searchTerms}"
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
One thing I noticed is that the bing key is also present but has a different GUID ???
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}]
"Deleted"=dword:00000001
"TopResultURLFallback"="http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&src=IE-TopResult&FORM=IE11TR"
"SuggestionsURLFallback"="http://api.bing.com/qsml.aspx?query={searchTerms}&maxwidth={ie:maxWidth}&rowheight={ie:rowHeight}&sectionHeight={ie:sectionHeight}&FORM=IE11SS&market={language}"
"FaviconURLFallback"="http://www.bing.com/favicon.ico"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\Harry\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.ico"
"DisplayName"="Bing"
"URL"="http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE11SR"
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
x.15a2
That will work on your system because the GUID in the 1st line and FaviconPath are specified elsewhere in your registry. Without those other registry entries, I don't think that this will work, which is why I specified the method that I did above. Additionally, the FaviconPath that you have listed is specific to your system and your local user name, which will not work on other systems.

That said, you have provided some additional lines that may be useful with the DDG search in IE, thanks! I've added them to my list above, so it should now be:

Code:
"DisplayName"="DuckDuckGo"
"URL"="https://duckduckgo.com/?q={searchTerms}"
"Codepage"=dword:0000fde9
"OSDFileURL"="https://duckduckgo.com/opensearch.xml"
"FaviconURL"="https://duckduckgo.com/favicon.ico"
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\[localuser]\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{YOUR GUID}.ico"
"SortIndex"=dword:00000001 
"SuggestionsURL_JSON"="https://ac.duckduckgo.com/ac/?q={searchTerms}&type=list"
"ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001
"ShowTopResult"=dword:00000001


posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
Just for the heck of it since this PC has the same user name I copied the .reg file to my laptop and added it to the registry. Now I open IE, go to search providers, DuckDuckGo is there. I set it as default and perform a search...Bam DuckDuckGo provides the results :-) Apparently you only have to change the user name in the "FaviconPath" to match the current user or which ever user is in the system you wish to have the search provider available to.
GUID's for users are generated by the system attaching it to the end of the users SSID and can never be reused for the life of that operating system installation.
Object GUID's such as on the file system are generated with a seed such as date/time to avoid replication.
Gotta love Micro$oft, it's registry and the hoops you sometimes have to jump through :-)
Thanks for your help in finding the cavity,
Harry

PS, Here is one to try...Create a shortcut on your desktop and name it...
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
I am getting the same issue with IE10 on Windows 7.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
rechercheuneentreprise
Quel moteur de recherche préférez-vous entre IE, Chrome et Firefox ?
posted by rechercheuneentreprise 2 years and 11 months ago Link
zac
We're looking into this!
posted by zac Staff2 years and 11 months ago Link
anonymous
Thanks, zac. I came here looking for a solution to this as well.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 11 months ago Link
Mallart
How's it coming along? I'm still facing the same issue as per described by others.
posted by Mallart 2 years and 6 months ago Link