Bing Search Engine is a legitimate search engine created by Microsoft. Currently, it is one of the most popular in the world. Of course, Bing Search is not directly related to a sudden change in user browser settings, when it forcibly replace the home page and search engine selected by the user earlier. The reason for the sudden appearance of Bing Search in the browser is the attackers who want to make money in this way.
Most likely you are faced with a problem, the essence of which is that Bing Search Engine has replaced your home page and search engine without your permission. That is, in other words, every time you start a web-browser or look for something on the Internet, the browser opens Bing Search, instead of your home page or search engine. Most often, the reason for this is a small program or browser extension, which secretly without your direct permission has changed your browser settings to Bing Search.
Such software is advertised as useful for the user, allowing him to expand the capabilities of the web-browser, solve some kind of user problem (find the package, set the calendar, provide easy access to the mailbox, watch free movies, and so on). But in fact, the creators of these programs are not going to perform the described functions at all, their programs simply replace the home page and search engine with Bing Search or a website, which in turn redirects the user’s browser to Bing Search Engine.
As we said above, it often happens when a user installs software that changes browser settings. There is another way. In some cases, malware can cause the search engine and homepage to change to Bing Search. But in both cases, the attackers redirect the user’s browser to Bing Search Engine for one purpose. This is the goal of making money from advertising that a user will see on Bing web-site. In addition, attackers will receive money for clicks made by users to advertising links posted on this site.
But, there are a couple more things that need to be said. The attackers also got the opportunity to monitor the user who became their victim. As a result, they have the opportunity to record all the user’s searches, to steal personal and important data transmitted through the browser.
|Name||Bing Search Engine redirect, Bing Search Engine virus|
|Type||browser hijacker, search engine hijacker, home page hijacker, toolbar, unwanted new tab, redirect virus|
|Damage||unwanted and intrusive ads, collecting user information, identity theft, redirects to dangerous sites|
|Distribution||misleading ads, fake browser updates, fake flash player updates, suspicious browser extensions|
|Removal||Bing Search Engine removal guide|
How to remove Bing Search Engine (Removal guide)
In the steps below we will have a look at the extension and how to remove Bing Search Engine from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge internet browsers for Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal tools. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web browser or restart your PC.
To remove Bing Search Engine, use the following steps:
- How to manually remove Bing Search Engine
- How to remove Bing Search Engine automatically
- How to stay safe online
- How to avoid install of Bing Search Engine extension
- Finish words
How to manually remove Bing Search Engine
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Bing Search Engine extension from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Delete Bing Search Engine related programs through the Control Panel of your PC
First method for manual extension removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of software on your PC and see if there are any suspicious and unknown applications. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Internet search to find details on the program. If it is a potentially unwanted application, adware or malicious software, you will likely find information that says so.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and press “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, press “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all applications installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guidance below.
Remove Bing Search Engine extension from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that IE internet browser settings like homepage, new tab page and search engine by default having been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset browser procedure.
First, launch the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will delete Bing Search Engine add-on, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as home page, newtab page and default search engine to default state.
Get rid of Bing Search Engine from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If your Firefox internet browser start page has modified to Bing Search without your permission or an unknown search provider displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the internet browser reset.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox web browser settings to its original state.
Get rid of Bing Search Engine extension from Chrome
If your Google Chrome browser is redirected to unwanted Bing Search page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser application to its default settings.
First launch the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will start the process of cleaning. Once it is finished, the web browser’s settings including home page, newtab page and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
How to remove Bing Search Engine automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely delete extension from the infected machine. So, we suggest to check your PC system for any remaining malicious components with free add-on removal applications below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to delete Bing Search Engine extension
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool that can get rid of ad supported software, PUPs, hijackers and other malicious software from your PC easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of machine resources.
Download Zemana AntiMalware on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once the downloading process is done, close all software and windows on your PC system. Double-click the setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out Bing Search Engine plugin and other malware and ad-supported software. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After it completes the scan, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will begin to remove Bing Search Engine add-on which changes web browser settings to replace your startpage, new tab page and search engine by default. When disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
Scan and free your machine of addon with Malwarebytes
Manual Bing Search Engine plugin removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the extension may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your system of addon. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malware, potentially unwanted programs, ad supported software and toolbars that your PC system can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Malwarebytes on your personal computer.
Once install is done, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC to find out Bing Search Engine addon and other kinds of potential threats like malware and ‘ad supported’ software. This task can take some time, so please be patient. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted software are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After that process is finished, a list of all threats found is produced. Next, you need to press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now begin to remove Bing Search Engine extension that cause a redirect to an annoying web site. Once finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
The following video explains steps on how to remove browser hijacker, ad supported software and other malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Double-check for potentially unwanted software with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and run to remove extensions, adware, malware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and other threats from your PC system. You may run this utility to scan for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 25, 2021
- When the download is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, click “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC system for the Bing Search Engine plugin and other browser’s harmful plugins. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the tool is checking, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
- Once it completes the scan, it’ll display a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stay safe online
Run ad blocking program such as AdGuard in order to stop advertisements, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install harmful and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your machine performance and impact your computer security. Surf the Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Installing the AdGuard adblocker application is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the downloading process is done, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How to avoid install of Bing Search Engine extension
Now your PC system should be free of the Bing Search Engine plugin. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup advertisements and annoying malicious web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new extensions, malicious software and ‘ad supported’ software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Bing Search Engine extension from the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.