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Uninstall Bing redirect virus (Mar 2021 updated) - Mar 2021 updated

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Features of the Bing Redirect virus

Bing redirect virus

Bing Redirect virus is similar to the previously analysed computer infections – Google Redirect virus and Yahoo Redirect virus. Just like Google and Yahoo, Bing is well-known and legitimate search engine that cannot cause any harm to its users.

However, it tends to appear on users browsers out of the blue and prevents from setting another search engine as default. It happens when users rush with software installation because this browser hijacker spreads bundled[1] with freeware and shareware as an optional application.

After Bing Redirect hijack, users cannot customise or use their browsers normally. The browser hijacker[2] affects all popular web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.) and takes over them. It alters their settings and sets its domain as default homepage and search engine. Besides, it can also install additional extensions, tools or add-ons to the affected browsers.

All these questionable entries might monitor your browsing activity, provide an excessive amount of ads and be one of the reasons why your browser is constantly crashing. To get rid of this unwanted and annoying activities users have to remove Bing Redirect virus from the computer.

If you got infected with this browser hijacker, you have two options for its elimination. You can do it either manually by following instructions presented at the end of the article or automatically by scanning affected computer’s system with ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-malware tool.

Bing virus has two other versions: Bing.vc and Bing Search viruses. The first variant is the suspicious search engine that has been created to promote third-party products or services and boost traffic to the particular websites. It also takes control over the web browsers that are installed on the affected computers, initiates unwanted redirects, provides suspicious ads and modifies search results.

The second and the latest version of the Bing Redirect virus has the same features as the previous version. It also provides commercial content and might collect information about computer users. Usually, it includes browsing-related information which is necessary for generating interest-based ads.

However, there’s always a risk that aggregated data will be shared or sold to the third-parties. So, if you see the main sign of these browser hijacker’s – Bing search engine as your homepage or/and default search engine – scan computer with strong malware removal tool and start Bing Redirect virus removal.

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Why I got infected with the browser hijacker?

Many computer users have to deal with browser hijackers for the same simple reason – they do not know how to install software on their computers safely[3]. Most of the time users do not know that when they install new programs, they are risking to install additional applications as well.

Users often choose Standard or Quick installation setup and just a few times click ‘Next.’ Simple as that with the necessary program, browser hijackers, adware and other PUPs[4] get inside system. So, probably now you can understand the reason why you got infected with Bing Redirect virus is that you have been not careful.

Next time, install programs using Advanced/Custom setup and monitor each installation step. You might see the checkbox with pre-selected applications or statements saying that you agree to make Bing your default search engine and homepage. So, you have to deselect all the offers and continue the installation without worries that some PUPs got inside your PC.

Besides, you should also learn more about online safety tips that helps to protect yourself from all browser hijackers[5] not only Bing virus.

How can I remove Bing Redirect virus?

The quickest way to remove Bing Redirect virus is to employ a strong antivirus or anti-malware program and run a full system scan. Within several minutes your preferred program will detect and wipe out hijacker from the computer.

Additionally, you can do all this job by yourself. We won’t lie and tell that manual Bing Redirect removal might be slightly complicated and you might have to spend at least an hour. However, we want to help you, so our team has prepared detailed instructions below.

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To remove Bing redirect virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Bing redirect in Windows systems

Bing Redirect is annoying computer infection that can hide deeply in your computer’s system. Therefore, you should be very attentive and follow prepared instructions below. You have to find the browser hijacker and all its related components; then, clean and reset all web browsers that are installed on your PC.

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs). Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove Bing redirect and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find Bing redirect or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall Bing redirect in Mac OS X system

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Bing redirect or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete Bing redirect from Internet Explorer (IE)

Hijacker might have installed questionable add-ons on the Internet Explorer. Remove them as shown below.

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for Bing redirect and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise Bing redirect removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Eliminate Bing redirect virus from Microsoft Edge browser

Bing Redirect virus might have installed various extensions that might cause unwanted activities. Clean your browser as shown below.

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be Bing redirect-free.

Delete Bing redirect from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Look through the list of extensions and remove all suspicious entries that might be related to Bing virus.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate Bing redirect and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  4. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise Bing redirect removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete Bing redirect from Google Chrome

Check the list of recently installed extensions. If you see some suspicious add-ons, toolbars, plugins or other entries, remove them immediately. They might be related to Bing Redirect virus and initiate another hijack.

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for Bing redirect and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  4. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  5. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  6. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  7. Click Reset to approve this action and finish Bing redirect removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete Bing redirect from Safari

Browser hijacker is capable of installing suspicious entries to the browsers without users’ knowledge. So, check your Safari and remove all questionable entries.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Bing redirect or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Bing redirect removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

Even if you have completed all the steps above, we still strongly recommend you to scan your computer system with a powerful anti-malware software. It is advisable to do that because an automatic malware removal tool can detect and delete all remains of Bing redirect, for instance, its registry keys. The anti-malware program can help you to easily detect and eliminate possibly dangerous software and malicious viruses in an easy way. You can use any of our top-rated malware removal programs: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

A proper web browser and VPN tool can guarantee better safety

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Recover files damaged by a dangerous malware attack

Despite the fact that there are various circumstances that can cause data to be lost on a system, including accidental deletion, the most common reason people lose photos, documents, videos, and other important data is the infection of malware.

Some malicious programs can delete files and prevent the software from running smoothly. However, there is a greater threat from the dangerous viruses that can encrypt documents, system files, and images. Ransomware-type viruses focus on encrypting data and restricting users’ access to files, so you can permanently lose personal data when you download such a virus to your computer.

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