That's weird. This is on the "Start Page" that can be accessed by selecting "Go to..." on the menu, right?
You should get three items when you type something:
- Search box (which has the search engine selectable on the right)
- An arrow that will take you to whatever address you typed in the bar
- Bookmarks and browser history that contain what you typed in the bar
It's actually pretty ingenious. A great design that minimizes the different places you used to have to go to look for websites.
Can you at least set the default search provider in browser options? I think the same options are available that were there in OS 5. I tried changing different options and could not find one that would disable the option to choose a search provider. When I change the default to something else (Wikipedia for example) it still gives me the same box when I'm searching.
Are you definitely running 188.8.131.524? It's obvious, but did you try a battery pull?