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Microsoft’s Edge browser was crashing if you had Google set as default search

Microsoft’s new Edge browser started randomly crashing when users typed into the address bar tonight. The issues appear to have affected Edge users who had selected Google as the default search engine. Microsoft investigated the problem and now says it’s believed to have been resolved.

The Microsoft Edge crashes started at around 7PM ET, and were affecting macOS and Windows users. Microsoft resolved the problems after around four hours of crashes, but it’s not clear why they were only limited to Google search users in Edge. If users switched to Microsoft’s Bing search engine within Edge, the crashes never occured.

Microsoft recommended turning off Search Suggestions in edge://settings/search as a temporary workaround. The Verge tested this workaround and it solved the problem if you had Google set as your default search engine.

Microsoft is now recommending that Edge users revert any settings they changed as the address bar crashes are now resolved.