Opera Force Search Engine Choice?
Sunday, April 17, 2011 12:34:07 AM
Cannot Delete bing Search!
Since upgrading to version 11.10/win, I cannot get rid of the bing search in the drop down list.
I've used the appropriate Manage Search Engines option and restarted Opera, and even replaced all default Search.ini files with my own and made them Read Only. But it keeps reappearing. Have never experienced this scenario with previous versions.
Also, significantly, the bing search does not appear in the Search.ini file.
Opera have always liked to push their search options on their users, but now it seems they have hard-coded this into the program rather than an editable Search.ini file as in previous versions. This is the sort of forced 'choice' one would expect of a company like Apple. - It would appear a change in the file format of Search.ini has created this anomaly. READ FURTHER DOWN.
Update: I'm not alone
• Cannot manage my search engines
• Have been able to replicate this issue with Opera@USB v11.10 as well.
Update: Official Confirmation of sorts
Searches are protected in 11.10 because several applications have started hijacking the searches when you install them. If you edit searches from within Opera, you should be safe.
By deleting, or commenting out, the Options section of one's Search.ini file, everything appears to be editable, as before.
[Options] Default Search=7A8CADE6677811DDBA4B5E9D55D89593 Speed Dial Search=4E27F1FFDAC7ED4589EB212285DB75CC