Still using Internet Explorer and tired of being taken off to auto.search.msn.com when you mis-type a URL? That’s easily changed.
From the View menu, select Explorer Bar > Search.
Click the Change Preferences link. (if steps 3 and 4 don’t quite look like your system, look for a [Customize] button at the top of that panel (see below))
Click the Change Internet search behavior link.
Choose the With Classic Internet search radio button and pick a search engine (I choose Google).
Click Ok (and optionally, close the Search Companion panel).
Done. Or are you? If you’ve closed the Search Companion panel, all looks good – typing garbage into the Address toolbar results in a “real” error message instead of a trip to MSN’s search engine.
But… quit IE and restart it and turn on the Search Explorer Bar again. Do you get anything you’ve seen before? No, because you’ve turned the Search Companion off. The problem is that the so-called “Classic Internet search” doesn’t give you the same options as you already selected. It defaults to using MSN to search, and the Customize button on this search bar gives a different set of options – one that does not include Google.
Goofy. Not a problem if you’ve installed Google’s toolbar, but odd nontheless.
(to get back, btw, choose that customize box to Use Search Companion again)