[SOLVED?] Wonder Wheel of Google Search Not Working in Firefox - Please Help Find the Interfering Add-On

[UPDATE: A more recent problem with Google Wonder Wheel is reported here: Google Wonder Wheel Missing]


PROBLEM: After you perform any search on Google with Firefox on Vista/other, click Show Options, and click Wonder Wheel, you get the first wheel. Then you click on one of the related searches, you get a nice rotating circle, and no related searches for that circle. You're stuck. Wonder Wheel does not work properly.

THE STEP TOWARD SOLUTION: Run the same Firefox in Safe Mode. The Wonder Wheel works as it should. It must be one of the Add Ons?

[SOLVED?] See the comment below: "Ok I got a hunch, Google Enhancer - True Knowledge 0.2.3 is the culprit. I got the Wonder Wheel to work after disabling True Knowledge Add-On and restarting Firefox! Anyone who sees the same, please confirm, give us a comment! Thanks!"

SOMEBODY HELP INVESTIGATE THIS FURTHER? WHAT ADD-ONS/OTHER may be interfering with the Wonder Wheel?

Here is the list of my add-ons. If you are experiencing the same problem in Firefox, please publish:

1) Your list of Add-Ons in the Comments  (I'll publish that in a minute)
2) Your version of Firefox      (mine 3.5.8)

and we'll quickly find the offender.

Thanks!!


7 comments:

Mentor Matt said...

If you want to help find the solution, and you have the wonder wheel problem, see what FF extensions you have from this list. Then disable matching extensions one by one. Until the problem disappears. Thanks for your help!!
Here's my list:


Application: Firefox 3.5.8 (20100202165920)
Operating System: WINNT (x86-msvc)

- 1-ClickWeather 1.1.9.1
(Disabled)
- Adblock Plus 1.1.3
(Disabled)
- Add to Search Bar 2.0
- Aging Tabs 0.7.1
- Alexa Sparky 1.4.7
- Ask Toolbar for Firefox 2.1.0.7
(Disabled)
- Bookmark Duplicate Detector 0.7.5
(Disabled, Incompatible)
- ColorfulTabs 4.2
(Disabled)
- Compete Browser Extension 1.1.51
(Disabled)
- CoolPreviews 3.0.1
- Delicious Bookmarks 2.1.072
(Disabled)
- Diigo Bookmarks and Web Annotations 4.1.0.29
(Disabled)
- DownloadHelper 4.7
(Disabled)
- Extension List Dumper 1.14.8
- Google Enhancer - True Knowledge 0.2.3
- Google Gears 0.5.33.0
- Google Toolbar for Firefox 6.1.20091119W
(Disabled)
- Greasemonkey 0.8.20100211.5
- GUtil! 2.4.1
- IE Tab 1.5.20090525
- IE View 1.4.5.1
- iMacros for Firefox 6.5.0.0
(Disabled)
- Java Console 6.0.03
- KGen 0.7
- Linkification 1.3.7
(Disabled)
- Live HTTP headers 0.16
(Disabled)
- LogMeIn, Inc. Remote Access Plugin 1.0.0.407
- Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.1
- Niche Watch Tool 2.0
- NoDoFollow 1.1
- OnlyWire 1.1.4
- pdfit 1.15
- PPC Web Spy Toolbar 1.0
(Disabled)
- QuickProxy 2009.07.19
- QuickRestart 1.1.6
- Read It Later 2.0.3
- Remove Cookie(s) for Site 0.52
- SearchPreview 4.0
(Disabled)
- SearchStatus 1.33
- SEO Blogger 1.0.3
- SEO For Firefox 3.3.0
- SEO Link Analysis 1.0.6
- Seo Toolbar 1.0.16
- Skype extension for Firefox 2.2.0.102
(Disabled)
- Split Browser 0.6.2009110501
- Stomper Tools 0.9.1
(Disabled)
- SwitchProxy Tool 1.4.1
(Disabled)
- Sxipper 2.3.2
- TwitterBar 2.8.1
- Web Developer 1.1.8
(Disabled)
- Word Count Plus 1.2.3
- Xmarks 3.4.10

Mentor Matt said...

Ok I got a hunch, Google Enhancer - True Knowledge 0.2.3 is the culprit. I got the Wonder Wheel to work after disabling True Knowledge Add-On and restarting Firefox! Anyone who sees the same, please confirm, give us a comment! Thanks!

unknown said...

I DISABLED EVERY ADD-ON-NO FIX. THAN RESTORED BACK TO WHEN WONDER WHEEL WORKED. NO FIX. TOOK ON GOOGLE EXPERIMENTAL SEARCH AND GOT THE WHONER WHEEL BACK..

matt @ annoyances resolved said...

Thanks, Unknown, for your valuable message. I have just found out that, even after disabling TRUE knowledge, the wonder wheel has today disappeared from the google search results. Is this connected with the rollout of the new Google search results, code named Caffeine?

On the same computer, using Internet Explorer 8, the wonder wheel option is alive and well... sure, not a clue about wonder wheel disappearing from google to be found anywhere after doing relevant searches ;)

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