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What is Bing Redirect Virus Mac

If your Safari or Chrome browser continues to redirect you to Bing.com without your approval or consent, you should be aware that a potentially unwanted app may have been installed on your Mac. As a result, the Bing search engine may come up every time you are attempting to use your browser, be it Google Chrome or Apple Safari. This is how the otherwise legitimate search engine earned the name Bing redirect virus.

Bing Redirect virus Mac is a browser hijacker that changes your search page in order to show you different ads that can lead you to dangerous and even hacked websites that may infect your Mac with malware.

Lots of suspicious and potentially unwanted programs that affect Mac devices have been spotted in the wild. Such programs are designed to access installed browsers and then modify their settings. All changes happen without a user’s knowledge or permission. So, it is possible that the so-called Bing Redirect Virus on Mac is a result of the unnoticed installation of any undesired app. Since such a program may alter some basic browser settings your default search engine is very likely to be changed. As long as this program is running on your Mac you may also see an increased number of annoying online advertisements generated on every website you visit. Furthermore, the undesired program could be using some tracking technologies to spy on your online behavior.

Bing Redirect Virus Mac

Bing Redirect virus is one of the best search engines in the world, and it has a huge user database. However, there are hundreds of online users that wonder why their preferred web browser on Mac keeps redirecting them to Bing search. The truth is that Bing search alone has nothing to do with this annoying issue. Bing.com is a legitimate search engine. It is not malicious in any way. However, the so-called Bing redirect virus that continues to be reported by lots of Mac users on a daily basis, occurs as a result of the installation of some kind of rogue or undesired program for Mac.

Bing Redirect Virus Detection

If you want to remove the Bing Redirect Virus Mac along with all files associated with its appearance on your Mac, we recommend you to read this article. To skip directly to the removal manual, check out our Bing Redirect Virus removal guide as it will show you how to remove all traces of Bing virus from your Mac.

Bing Redirect Virus Summary


NameBing Redirect Virus
TypeBrowser Redirect / Potentially Unwanted Program / Adware / Browser Hijacker
Short DescriptionIndicates that an undesired program may be running on your Mac. Such a program may heavily modify web browsers’settings and start generating annoying ads without your permission.
SymptomsPreferred web browser Safari/Chrome/Firefox keeps redirecting you to Bing search engine. A lot of ads flood the affected browser. Slower Mac performance could be noticed.
Distribution MethodSoftware Bundles, Corrupted Installers, Fake Flash Player Updates
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Bing Redirect Virus – What Does It Do

Bing Redirect virus is the type of threat that is very similar to other redirect viruses of its kind, for example Google Redirect virus , Yahoo Redirect virus, Safari Redirect Virus and Bing Redirect virus on Windows.

When Google changes to Bing on Mac and your preferred web browser keeps redirecting you to this search engine then you are probably wondering “Why does my search engine keep redirecting to Bing!?” This question has several answers. The most common reason why you experience the annoying Mac Bing redirect is a potentially unwanted program that has somehow managed to gain access to your operating system and browser.

There are several techniques that may be used for the spread of undesired programs associated with Bing Redirect Virus. A preferred method usually is the so-called software bundling. For its realization, app developers can use free programs that pretend to be useful and legitimate. They could be commonly used programs like media players, file converters, weather toolbars, online streaming apps, and others. The installers of these programs often present optional offers or free extras but rarely in an appropriate way. So you could have missed to notice their presence during the installation of a desired program and eventually allowed them to access your Mac. After the execution of a potentially undesired program on your Mac, your Safari may start redirecting your default search engine (Google for example) to Bing.

The irony is that supposedly useful programs like Mac Cleanup Pro can start causing all those annoying Bing redirects once they got installed on a Mac device.

Be careful when downloading software, especially freeware from unofficial websites. Be advised to refrain from installing third-party apps from untrustworthy sites as well. If you do, make sure to check all details available in the Custom/Advanced configuration option. There you may find a way to opt out the installation of extra offers and eventually keep your Mac clean from potentially undesired/harmful programs.

Google Redirects to Bing on Мac – Why?

When Bing keeps redirecting your Safari or Chrome or another preferred web browser to its main page, it may be a result of the installation of a legitimate software like Microsoft Office. This could be explained by the fact that Bing is a web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft and the company may be distributing it via a software bundle. In such an event, the appearance of Bing search engine should not be considered to be related to a present “virus”, even if it may again happen without your knowledge.

The case is that the reputation of this popular search engine is misused as a disguise for the operations of various potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers. So when your preferred search engine Google, for example, keeps redirecting your searches to Bing, it is likely that your Mac is infected with a potentially undesired program.

Once started on your Mac, such a program could access the settings of all installed browsers in order to apply some significant changes. Affected by Bing redirect virus may be the settings of commonly used web browsers on Mac like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. As you have already noticed, one of these changes affects the search engine in your preferred web browser. It is configured to redirect to the Bing search engine without your knowledge or permission. So that’s why Google search redirects to Bing. Browser homepage and new tab page destinations may also be set to load Bing redirect as well.

Undesired programs are often misused to generate revenue from each search you perform. Beware that as long as such a program is running on your device your browsing may be redirected to custom search results that present poorly secured and potentially harmful web pages. This process may be realized via suspicious search engines that resemble Bing. An example of such a search engine is www-mysearch.com:

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This is an example of a hoax search engine that imitates Bing.

Corrupted websites could be extremely dangerous due to the fact that they could attempt to steal sensitive credentials or infect your Mac with additional malware.

Another issue with Bing Redirect Virus that may be noticed when your Mac is infected with a browser hijacker is unsolicited data collection. By activating different tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons, javascript, or even Trojans, the undesired application may become able to obtain a long list of sensitive details including:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Banking credentials
  • Entered keystrokes


Data records are likely to be used for the launch of targeted advertising campaigns based on your interests. At worst, they could be released on dark web markets.

Remove Bing Redirect Virus Mac

To get rid of all files related to Bing Redirect Virus from your Mac, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approach. The guide covers steps on how to remove Bing redirect from Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

To remove any present undesired programs and strengthen the security of your Mac, like Bing Redirect Virus Mac, we recommend that you combine the steps below. Have in mind that a scan with an advanced anti-spyware tool will not only detect all present harmful files but also further protect your operating system by making it possible to identify and stop insider threats before they cause damage.

Your search engine keeps redirecting to Bing? In some cases, after having uninstalled the undesired program related to Bing Redirect Virus on Mac, certain files might be left behind on the system. After removing the hijacker and rebooting the system, ensure that the files or folders related to the unwanted app and listed in these sections have been removed from your system.

  • /Applications
  • /Library/Internet plug-ins/
  • /Library/LaunchAgents/
  • /Users/Shared
  • ~/Library
  • ~/Applications

Notice: Before manually removing files or folders on your Mac, make sure to identify the accurate components of Bing redirect virus, because deleting other apps’ files or system settings files by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or even your system.

In case you have further questions about Bing Redirect Virus or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.


Bonus: Video containing step-by-step removal instructions for Bing Redirect Virus:


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Get rid of Bing Redirect Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Bing Redirect Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Bing Redirect Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Bing Redirect Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Bing Redirect Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Bing Redirect Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Bing Redirect Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Bing Redirect Virus from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Bing Redirect Virus from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Bing Redirect Virus from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete Bing Redirect Virus from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Bing Redirect Virus will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Bing Redirect Virus from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


Bing Redirect Virus FAQ

What is Bing Redirect Virus?

Bing Redirect Virus is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that Bing Redirect Virus may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is Bing Redirect Virus a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The Bing Redirect Virus object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because Bing Redirect Virus can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get Bing Redirect Virus?

Bing Redirect Virus could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, Bing Redirect Virus adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed Bing Redirect Virus, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove Bing Redirect Virus from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of Bing Redirect Virus from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Bing Redirect Virus could be residing.

It will also make sure that Bing Redirect Virus is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

5 Comments

  1. AvatarAndrea Padilla

    Worked! Thanks :)

    Reply
  2. AvatarMike

    Hi,
    My Safari browser is affected by this issue.. Safari started redirecting from Google, which is my default search engine, to bing.. Tried several solutions from several forums, nothing worked permanently so far. Any suggestions what to do? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov

      Yes, try the instructions above, if they do not resolve the issue, try Combo Cleaner – it has worked for others. If Bing still comes up when you try to search from Safari, then contact Combo Cleaner Support – they will help you manually.

      Reply
  3. AvatarSekai

    I downloaded adobe Flash update and now have someting redirecting Safari to Bing instead of my preferred search. I was able to fix it in Chrome, but can’t fix Safari. Help!

    Reply
    1. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov

      Check out the instructions in the article here, specifically, the ones about removing the related extension from the browsers. They are leftovers which most programs do not automatically clear for you.

      Reply

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