Designed to replace Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge is a solid web browser that allows Windows users to access Internet content at their leisure. That being said, like its contemporaries, Edge may experience a number of issues in use. For instance, it’s not uncommon for people to notice “enter your search term” stuck on screen as they use Edge. While the text won’t affect the performance of the browser in most of the cases, it remains an eyesore by all accounts.
What Might Have Gone Wrong
Many Windows users have reported “enter your search term” lingering on the screen while using Edge. However, it’s noteworthy that if the browser runs in the background, the text could still appear. In some cases, the text might occasionally appear on the center of the screen and won’t disappear regardless of the activity, browser and so on. All in all, once it comes to “enter your search term” stuck on screen, you should consider the possibilities down below.
- Microsoft Edge
- Third-party search/toolbar
A Few Fixes
Close Edge (All Sessions)
In the beginning, it’s a good idea to consider closing all Edge sessions to get rid of the text. Keep in mind that some processes like weather forecasts rely on Microsoft Edge. If you open such programs, they open Microsoft Edge so you need to close them as well as Microsoft Edge to remove “enter your search term”.
Restart is able to clear various errors from Windows. If you are unsure of the cause of the issue affecting your computer, it is strongly recommended that you restart the computer.
- Step 1: Open Start menu, select Power and choose Restart.
- Step 2: Allow the process to go all the way.
- Step 3: Determine whether the issue persists once the screen comes back on.
Remove Third-Party Tool/Search Bar
It’s possible to customize features of browsers like Edge via third-party apps and for optimal surfing experience. Still, those apps could result in problems on occasions. Thus, if you have a hard time dismissing “enter your search term”, remove your third-party tool/search.
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
- Step 2: Select Programs and Features then choose Uninstall a Program.
- Step3: Scroll through the list, locate your third-party tool/search bar and uninstall it.
Run An Antivirus Scan
As you browse Internet content and interact with links, redirects, buttons, … you could download potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) including malware. Unable to get rid of “enter your search term”? Then it’s wise to run an antivirus scan for good measure. To do so, you could Windows Defender or whatever third-party antivirus program of your liking.
One solution to issues on Windows computers is updating Windows to the latest version. To update Windows, you have to go through the steps down below:
- Step 1: Press Win + I to open Settings select Update & Security and choose Check for updates in Windows Update
- Step 2: If an update is available, allow Windows to download and install it.
- Step 3: After the process finishes then restart your computer.
Is A Third-Party Search Tool Necessary?
The windows search bat works well enough for most of the time. However, if the feature is unable to locate particle files/folders or searches too slowly, feel free to go for a third-party search tool.
What Are The Best Search Tool Alternatives?
- Quick Search
How Do I Avoid Downloading Pups?
To secure your PC as you use the internet, use the DownloadRestrictions policy. By taking advantage of DownloadRestrictions policy, you can effectively and efficiently prevent the download of PUPs. Let’s say that you use Chrome.
- Step 1: Navigate to Group Policy Management on your computer.
- Step 2: Navigate to Policies > Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome.
- Step 3: Enable Allow Download Restrictions.
- Step 4: Set options:
o Block all malicious download
o No special restriction
o Block potential dangerous downloads
o Block dangerous downloads
o Block all downloads
- Step 5: Save the changes