I recently was did an important search using the default custom Linux Mint Google search on my computer and I was not happy at all. First of all I realized that the search was inadequate and disappointing. I noticed that it was so filtered that it crippled my research as the results where horrendous.
I figured this out because someone asked me to “just Google” them and well I got nothing in return. I let them know and they freaked out and did a search and reported back to me that I’m crazy they are definitely listed. So I went to Google.com and did the search from there and true, they where there! I felt somewhat cheated.
I understand that Linux Mint get financial help from having this custom Google search but I value my information and it seems a bit censored to me. So I found a solution to easily change it without messing with any computer files at all. It is an easy fix done all in Firefox.
How To Do it:
-> FireFox Search Bar -> drop down menu select -> Manage Search Engines -> Get More Search Engines -> Search for “Google Language EN” -> Install it.
As the post said it will give you all the functionality you should expect from Google without totally replacing the option of occasionally using the Linux Mint Custom search to help out the developers.
It was pointed out to me in the comments that there is an issue with the suggestion query option (auto suggestions as you type) in that it was not showing results I have tested the following extension and has fixed this for me. If you have a similarly named search engine already you will see a pop up during install all you have to go into “manage search engines” as stated above and remove the original search engine and try again. You can find the Google search engine with suggestion query option here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/67149/
It wouldn’t hurt if you do this option to do as the poster did and donate to Linux Mint.
You can find the original post where I found the solution here