Google search not working [Chrome, Laptop & PC]

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  • The Google search feature can stop working on your Chrome browser due to malware or extension problems.
  • In this article, we explore a few troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the Google search not working problem.
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Google search not working Windows 10

Google search is indeed a very handy tool. From finding a solution (which you are doing right now) to find the meaning of a new term, Google can do it all. However, at times Google search may stop working.

Several users have reported the Google search not working issue when trying to access the search engine. This problem is commonly attributed to the user account, but the reasons can vary.

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What can I do if Google search is not working on Windows 10?

1. Scan for virus and malware

Google search not working

  1. Open Malwarebytes. If you have another antivirus installed, launch it.
  2. Perform a full scan.
  3. The scan may take some time depending on the file size.
  4. Look for any malware or adware and remove it after the scan is complete.
  5. Make sure to restart the system to complete the removal.
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Malware and adware can hijack your system and modify the browser properties. If the issue persists, make sure to check your registry editor for any traces.


2. Clean your registry editor

Google search not working

  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. Type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor.
  3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
  4. You can copy-paste the above path to access the key.
  5. In the Chrome key, check for any adware or malware entry and delete it.
  6. To delete, right-click on the key and select Delete.
  7. Close Registry Editor.

Relaunch Google Chrome and check if the error is resolved. Your computer can get infected with adware or malware while installing software from non-secure sources.


3. Use the Chrome cleaner

Google search not working

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click on More (three dots).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. From the left pane, expand the Advanced section.
  5. Click on Reset and clean up.
  6. Select Clean up computer.
  7. Click on the Find button.
  8. Chrome will scan your computer for harmful software and remove them.
  9. Once done, relaunch Chrome and check if the issue is resolved.

4. Check your home network

Google search not working

  1. Make sure the modem or WiFi router is turned on.
  2. Pull the power plug to turn off the modem.
  3. Remove the ethernet cable.
  4. Leave the device idle for a few minutes.
  5. Reconnect the Ethernet cable and power on the router.
  6. Reconnect to the network and check if you are can access Google search

A stable connection is important for Google search to work. Make sure the internet is working by performing a network restart. You can also use speed testing websites to check the network speed.

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5. Disable Chrome extensions

Google search not accessible

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on More (three dots).
  3. Click on More Tools > Extensions.
  4. Disable all the extensions installed on your browser.
  5. Close and relaunch Google Chrome.
  6. Try to access Google Search to see if it is working.

If working, you may have an extension that is conflicting with the Google search function. To find the troubling extension, enable all the extensions one by one. Once found, remove the extension to resolve the issue.


6.  Clear browser cache

Google search not accessible

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on More (three dots).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. From the left pane, click on Privacy and Security.
  5. Click on Clear browsing
  6. Select a time range.
  7. Check ‘Cookies and other site data’, ‘cached images and files’ box.
  8. Click on Clear data.
  9. Relaunch Google Chrome and check if the problem is resolved.

Reset Google Chrome

Google search not accessible

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click on More (three dots).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. From the left pane, select expand the Advanced
  5. Click on Reset and Clean up.
  6. Click on Restore settings to their default.
  7. Select Reset Settings.

Once done, relaunch Google Chrome and check for any improvements. If the issue persists, reinstall Chrome to see if that helps you resolve the problem.


7.  Reinstall Google Chrome

Google search not working

  1. Press Windows Key + I.
  2. Go to Apps.
  3. Search Google Chrome using the search bar.
  4. Click on Chrome.
  5. Click on Uninstall.
  6. Confirm the action by clicking on Uninstall.

Once uninstalled, download the latest version of the Google Chrome browser from the official website. Install the browser and check for any improvements.

The Google search is not working issue can occur due to several reasons including malware or adware, browser glitch or extension conflict. Follow the steps in the article one by one to fix the problem.

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