For reasons I can't fathom, my Google searches keep ending up at http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=chr.

What language is 'chr' (I don't know why I can't find this by searching Google, but I can't)?

More importantly, how do I stop it?

(Note: going to 'settings' and setting my language to 'English' was not effective.)

Edit: It's a bug in Firefox.

  • I’m voting to close this question because a Firebox bug caused the issue, as it was noted in the question. It's already fixed and it's 13 years old. Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 22:53

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Whoa, those are crazy letters! I think Alex is right about the Cherokee language.

Use google.com/ncr to force the English interface. ("ncr" means "No Country/Culture Redirect.")

If you want to force your browser's homepage to show Google in English, you will have to set your homepage to google.com/ncr in your browser's settings.

Edit: Google probably determines which default UI language to show based on your IP address. Your IP address probably geo-locates to a place where Cherokee is used by most of the people. For example, I am located in Korea, and I always get the Korean version of Google. However, if I set the Google settings to use the English UI, it uses English for that computer/browser. This requires browser cookies; do you have cookies enabled?

Also, if your browser explicitly sets your homepage to http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=chr then Google will dutifully display Cherokee.

  • The redirect fix is unsatisfactory. Why does it keep redirecting me there? I've changed Google's settings to english. Changing the browser to use google.com/ncr (it just uses Google) is a nasty nasty fix for the problem. Commented Aug 2, 2010 at 21:54
  • I'm sorry, but there is no place where Cherokee is used by most of the people. The geo-location theory must be incorrect.
    – nohat
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 20:27
  • Browsers usually have a list of preferred languages. Google considers both that and the IP geolocation, or at least it did use each of them at various points in history. Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 20:40

I had this too, and discovered this in my Firefox language settings:

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Firefox must be seeing "chrome" and reading "chr" = cherokee. Removing that line fixed the problem.

I've recently turned on Firefox sync, Xmarks (installed in both Firefox and Chrome) and Chrome sync, so I suspect one of them has done this by mistake. Funny!

  • I use firefox sync, so that might be the culprit. Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 20:43
  • Yes, I think you must be right - Firefox sync is trying to sync the language preferences. But where is it getting 'chrome...properties' from?
    – tim_hutton
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 21:28
  • Yes Tim! The Chrome thing was the problem. I guess the problem was using Xmarks with all browsers together at first, then switching to FireFox Sync. The FireFox Sync add-on saves and misinterprets the Google Chrome settings leading to this funny problem. Another question: did you all use Windows or Linux based platforms? I got this problem just with Ubuntu. Cheers Frank
    – Frank Abel
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 5:42
  • Well, chrome is the name for files and resources within firefox, but I don't know how it got like that. Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 14:49
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    See bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=580833 for the bug report. Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 14:50

It's the Cherokee language & alphabet: http://www.native-languages.org/cherokee_alphabet.htm


Just follow this detailed tutorial on making Google your Homepage .If it doesn't work replace google.com with google.com/ncr ,that must work.

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    That suggestion was already given by the answer, marked as accepted.
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 20:54

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