What is Bing Virus
Have you been trying to remove this redirect from your browser? You should know that this threat is not itself a virus, but it can be an indication of an unwanted app or adware that sneaked into your computer.
This article will help you to remove this redirect from your computer and learn why Google keeps redirecting to Microsoft’s search engine without your consent.
In case your searches keep changing to Microsoft’s search engine results even when you set another one, your device is probably affected by an undesired program. Such a program first finds a way to trick you into installing it on your device and then accesses installed browsers to apply some significant modifications without your knowledge. As long as this program is running on your computer, it will also be able to generate lots of annoying online advertisements while you are browsing the web.
Bing Virus Summary
|Type||Browser Hijacker / Redirect / PUP|
|Short Description||Related to the presence of undesired program on your computer. This program aims to heavily modify web browsers’settings and display ads.|
|Symptoms||Preferred web browser is configured to redirect you to Bing search engine. Lots of ads flood the affected browser. Slower system performance could be noticed.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Bing Virus.|
Bing Virus – Why Am I Continuously Redirected?
The main idea of this app is to begin changing the options of your web browser and afterward begin changing your home and also new tab page to its customized one. Usually, such scam search pages are not HTTPs safeguarded and also have tracking cookies, pixels, tags as well as geo-locators utilized to acquire different info from your online activity. Such information can be what you look online, what sites you visit, which advertisements you click.
There are many suspicious and potentially unwanted programs that are lurking around the web. They all want to trick you into running their configuration code on your device without noticing them. Undesired programs often come in a bundle with an app of your choice. So it may be the last installed media player, file converter, weather toolbar, online streaming app, or another useful app that has delivered the undesired app associated with this search redirect.
These apps present you deceptive installers that rarely disclose all the details in an appropriate way. So you could have missed the information about added extras and eventually allowed them to access your device. Happily, present PUPs could sometimes be revealed by the information disclosed in the Advanced/Custom configuration option. So we recommend you to select it every time you see it in an app installer.
Widely used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by this threat. The so-called Bing.com Redirect is also known for its spread across Mac devices. The techniques of delivery could be quite the same as those for Windows systems.
In the event that your search engine keeps changing to its page, even when you set another one, your device is probably affected by an undesired program. In this case, you’re dealing with a redirect virus.
Here is an image that presents how Google search redirects to this threat:
We all know that Microsoft’s official search engine is reliable and has a considerable market share. However, there are many nasty programs like browser hijackers and adware that misuse its reputation for the completion of their harmful purposes. Once installed, such a program could alter main browser settings and start redirecting you to it during every browsing session. In fact, this issue related to this search site appears to be similar to Google redirect virus and Yahoo redirect virus that we have already reported on our site.
Another issue that may be noticed is an increased number of online advertisements in the affected browser. Since one of the main purposes of almost all annoying freeware is to generate revenue from advertising campaigns, they are often configured to deliver lots of annoying ads to affected users. Beware of all pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, images, and other types of ads you see as they may be misused by hackers for the spread of malicious code. Just a single visit to a corrupted web page could trigger an automatic unnoticed download of malware directly on your device.
- 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.
How to Remove Bing Virus Redirects
The removal guide below will show you how to get rid of this threat. In order to remove it from your browser, you should uninstall all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser. To complete this, you should pass through several removal steps, all of which are presented in the guide below. It enables you to choose between manual and automatic removal approach. However, if you want to fully get rid of the undesired program that keeps changing your search engine, you should combine the steps. By doing this, you will also strengthen the security of your device and keep it safe against malware intrusions.
In case you want to ask us something or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment, visit our forum, or contact us at our email.
Video, containing the removal instructions for this virus for Windows machines:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Bing Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Bing Virus on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Bing Virus in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Bing Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Bing Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Bing Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Bing Virus from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Bing Virus Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Bing Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Bing Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Bing Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Bing Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Bing Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Bing Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Bing Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Bing Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Bing Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Bing 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.
Erase Bing 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.
Uninstall Bing 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.
Remove Bing 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Bing Virus will be removed.
Eliminate Bing 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Bing Virus from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".