It may happen that a user accidentally removes the Google search engine from the Chrome browser. For example, when cleaning the browser from hijackers and unknown search engines.
It goes without saying, that various malicious programs can also remove the search engine #1 by themselves. Malware often adds their own fake search providers to route you to a phishing website with the purpose to steal your credentials or just hijack your browser.
But it is not so easy to add it back because you need to put a search URL. Today we will teach you how to restore Google search in Chrome without removing and re-installing the app.
How to re-add Google search to Chrome
Follow the steps:
Click the three dot icon and select “Settings”.
Scroll down to the “Search Engine” section or use the corresponding link in the left pane.
Select “Manage engines”.
Click “Add” under default providers:
Fill in name, keyword and URL and click “Add”.
Here is how:
URL: (copy and paste the code below)
Once you’ve done this, you should see new provider in “Other”. Now click the three dots next to the newly added item…
… and select “Make Default” in the drop-down menu.
Steps for Old Versions of the Browser
Go to Menu.
Dive into Settings:
In Search section click Manage Search Engines:
Add a new search provider as I explained in the previous paragraph. Just copy and paste name, keyword and code.
Click on the empty area.
Click Make default.
And after that – Done:
Method 2: Reset Chrome
Warning! The reset will also clear all bookmarks, history, saved passwords etc!
Read the full guide.
All settings including search providers will be reset.
If you suspect that your PC may be infected with malware, we advise to scan it with free anti-malware tools.