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Try the following, in order

- Refreshing your browser page (F5).

- Clear all browser cache, cookies

- Close and restart your browser

- Restart your computer

 

You might have an issue with a browser add-in or extension. Try disabling 

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Found some vague hints that you might be hit by a browser hijacker.

Can you try google.com on another browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome (if installed)?

https://www.google.com

Check the address field after you clicked.

 

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Set your default search engine

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Search engine," next to "Search engine used in the address bar," click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  4. Select a new default search engine.

If you've tried to set your search engine but it doesn't work, you may have malware

 

How to spot malware:

 

   

 

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3 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

Set your default search engine

After having woken up, now pretty sure the OP is referring to the 'settings' link at the bottom-right of the google home search page.

 

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30 minutes ago, RichCor said:

After having woken up, now pretty sure the OP is referring to the 'settings' link at the bottom-right of the google home search page.

 

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Correct.

Settings works on Google Chrome.

Not on Firefox.

Presently in states Germany in the bottom left hand corner, and Google offered in: Deutsch

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16 minutes ago, up2you2 said:

Correct.

Settings works on Google Chrome.

Not on Firefox.

Presently in states Germany in the bottom left hand corner, and Google offered in: Deutsch

Then go to the right upper corner and press settings. Then go to advanced and scroll down. Then you can choose the language setting. 

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@Isaanbiker, the OP is describing what google.com is showing when pulled up on Firefox, so unlikely the browser internal settings will affect these particular options.

 

I think a firefox browser add-on, extension, or cached app is interfering with the javascript google.com embeds on the search page and is preventing it from working correctly.

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23 minutes ago, Isaanbiker said:

Then go to the right upper corner and press settings. Then go to advanced and scroll down. Then you can choose the language setting. 

Already stating English (United Kingdom) on Language and spell check.

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9 minutes ago, RichCor said:

@Isaanbiker, the OP is describing what google.com is showing when pulled up on Firefox, so unlikely the browser internal settings will affect these particular options.

 

I think a firefox browser add-on, extension, or cached app is interfering with the javascript google.com embeds on the search page and is preventing it from working correctly.

Disabled all add ons in Firefox, made no difference.

Have cleaned the cache and restarted, again no effect.

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"Germany" in the bottom left means it thinks that's where you are, hence it's offering it in German too?  Are you there or are you using a VPN that would make it think so?  I'm not sure if it's related to the settings issue or not.  Here's another link to  get directly into the settings:

 

https://www.google.co.uk/preferences?hl=en

 

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Are you sure it's greyed out?  It doesn't have a background box to turn grey.  You only know you're on it when an underline appears below the word in Win10 (I know you're Win7).

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