I'm sorry to be posting about a perennial problem but I can't understand why there is no widely publicized solution to a problem that has been recurring for more than five years.
I want google.com to be my search engine and only google.com
I do not ever wish to switched to a local search engine that speaks Turkish or Urdu or Chinese. NEVER EVER.
I had the problem solved some time ago, but that fix did not work on a new system I installed a year ago and it took ages to find a new fix. Now, today, I have reinstalled my system again, downloaded a new version of Chrome, and I am back with com.hk - the last place I want to be.
I have tried various fixes which I have found online and none of them actually work. Indeed, every time Chrome upgrades it seems that google is working harder and harder to force people to use search engines they do not understand - every time I go on vacation, every business trip, every time I use my VPN.
Is it the Google webpage you're having problems with? If you are then bottom-right of the page there's a "Use Google.com" link. That will take you away from any regional version. It sets a cookie so it'll remember your preference for the next time.
spuds, Google can tell which country a user is in by checking the IP address. It then serves you the country-specific version. For example, when I go to google.com it automatically redirects me to google.co.uk. Using the option bottom-right of the screen tells Google to always serve the .com version.
I think the OP's location is probably irrelevant because he seems to be saying that when he's on vacation, or at home but using a VPN or other type of proxy, he doesn't want the local version that Google thinks he should have but instead wants the google.com site.
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