When you search on a website for a few times in Chrome, Chrome will add it as a custom search engine, aka OpenSearch, along with special keyboard shortcut for you to use it. For example, after you search a few products on Amazon, a custom Amazon search engine gets installed in Chrome. So next time you can search things on Amazon right from the address bar without going to the actual site first. Type an extra space or tab right after the URL and followed by the search terms you would like to search on the website.
While it sounds a good and useful idea, it could go pretty crazy after some time. By looking at the numbers of custom search engines that has been added onto my Chrome, it’s over 30 at the moment. On top of that, it overrides the default search engine when activated. So, is there any way to stop it?
How to stop Chrome from adding custom search engine
Don’t add custom search engines is a Chrome extension that does just what the name implies, preventing Chrome from automatically adding custom search engines. Go to the Chrome web store and click Add to Chrome button to have it installed on your browser.
Once added, a search icon will be added next to the address bar just to notify you when a search engine was prevented from being added to the browser with a number indicating how many times it has been blocked.
How to clean up the custom search engines from Chrome
Now we’ve got the stop part covered, it’s time to clean up the leftovers. To remove the custom search engines installed in Chrome, go to Settings page, and click Manage search engines… button.
Then highlight the item listed in Other search engines box and use the X icon to remove it.