Firefox, like other browsers used Google as their default search engine, courtesy a deal between the two. Google pays a great sum to make Google Search visible on Firefox. This deal between Mozilla with Google had expired in November, this year, and soon after there were talks of whether this contract would be renewed, considering reports that Firefox was no longer the second most used browser, and was replaced by Google's very own browser, Chrome.

An announcement on the Mozilla blog  now confirms that the deal has been renewed, and has been extended by three years. Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla said, “Under this multi-year agreement, Google Search will continue to be the default search provider for hundreds of millions of Firefox users around the world”. There is no mention of what kind of money was paid to renew the contract. Google pays Mozilla an estimated $103 million, each year.

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Firefox's default search engine – Google Search

Firefox 9 was just released yesterday and the leaked binaries were available well before the official announcement. There were also reports about Chrome being the most secure browser around. However, another firm, NSS Labs rubbished this report saying that it was biased and Google was the one who funded its claims. 

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