A few Firefox users may be finding problems persuading the main U.S. Google Search to respond. Nothing happens when you add search keywords and hit the return key. My problem started about 48 hours ago, and wasn’t cured by updating to the latest Firefox (3.0.8 to 3.0.9). It’s probably happening because I’m blocking the annoying “Google Suggest” drop-down auto-suggestions using the Firefox addon BlockSite (simply block: clients1.google.com and never see Google Suggest again), and am also stopping Google from defaulting to U.K. Google by using the international URL…

http://www.google.com/webhp/

…as the Firefox home page. It seems the problem can be cured very simply — just use this slightly-revised URL for your main Google search…

http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=eN