Found a proper fix, can someone please confirm that this works for them too?
In Chrome/ium, click the Settings Icon in the top right corner (was a wrench icon, now 3 horizontal lines).
Choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
A new settings tab opens, under Search, click "Manage Search Engines".
Delete all you Google search engines. Hover over them with the cursor and click "X" at the right.
At the bottom fill in "add a new search engine" with this:
Search Engine: Google
Make the new Google search engine default.
Works here, works for you?
Before, whenever I typed "google" at the beginning of a search term, the result would be displayed in Mint's customized google search result page. Not anymore. It's a very minor problem as really there is no good reason to start a search term with "google", but still!
Thank you for this thread. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have made this forum into something special. You clearly know what you are doing, you’ve covered so many bases. Thanks!