How To Get Rid of Bing on your PC

It is common for people to discover that their browser suddenly redirects them to Bing. This is usually the result of a virus called Bing Redirect Virus. It usually comes from clicking on a suspicious link. Hackers redirect to Bing to steal IP address information and other personal data. If you find yourself constantly being redirected, you should remove Bing immediately.

Many people also don’t prefer Bing as a search engine. Since Bing is built into the Microsoft ecosystem, you should remove it from your computer and browser.

Read the article below to learn how to get rid of Bing.

How to remove Bing in Chrome

Chrome is consistently targeted by Bing Redirect Virus because there are multiple ways the virus can hijack the browser. Bing can be forced on you through the startup pages, the primary search engine, and a few other places.

Check out the options below for removing Bing in Chrome.

Removing Startup Pages

These are the pages Chrome will automatically take you to when you open Chrome. One way Bing hijacks Chrome is by inserting itself into the startup pages. To remove Bing from your startup pages:

  1. Open your Google Chrome.
  2. Press the menu button in the top right corner. These are the three dots.
  3. Go to Settings.”
  4. Click the ‘On Startup’ tab and choose ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’.
  5. Right click on Bing and select ‘Delete’.

Close Chrome and reopen it for the changes to take effect.

Remove as primary search engine

Bing can hijack your Chrome by setting itself as the primary search engine. You search for something in Chrome’s address bar and find yourself being redirected to the Bing search engine results page. To remove Bing as the primary search engine:

  1. Open your Google Chrome and select the three dots in the top right corner. This will open your menu.
  2. Select ‘Search Engine’.
  3. Locate the ‘Search engine used in the address bar’ setting.
  4. Open the drop-down menu and set the option to everything except Bing.

Close and reopen Chrome to make the changes permanent.

Remove from all search engine edits

To prevent Bing from running in the background of your browser, remove it from your search engines. This is different from changing the primary search engine. When you change the primary search engine, Chrome still connects to Bing. Follow these steps to remove Bing from your approved search engines in Chrome:

  1. Open your Google Chrome and select the three dots in the top right corner. This will open your menu.
  2. Select ‘Search Engine’.
  3. Click on ‘Manage search engine and site search’.
  4. A list of search engines will appear.
  5. When you see Bing in this list, click on the 3-dot and select “Delete.” You may need to repeat this step several times.

Make sure to close and reopen Chrome to keep the changes.

Reset Google Chrome

If none of the previously discussed solutions can successfully remove Bing, you will need to completely reset Chrome. This process will reset the browser to its default settings. Reset Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome and press the menu button in the top right corner. These are the three dots.
  2. Select ‘Settings’.
  3. Click on “Reset and clean up”.
  4. Go to “Reset settings to their original defaults.”
  5. Click on “Reset Settings”.

This process will sign you out of your Google account. When you log back in, all your bookmarks will be restored.

How to remove Bing from Microsoft Edge

Bing is the default browser in Microsoft Edge. If you want to replace it with another option, follow these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the three dots icon in the top right corner to open the menu.
  3. Select ‘Settings’ and then click ‘Privacy, Search & Services’.
  4. Find “Address bar and search” and choose any search engine other than Bing.
  5. Click on “Set as default”.

Make sure to close and reopen Edge to make sure the changes work.

How to Get Rid of Bing in Windows 11

Bing functionality is built into Windows 11. Follow the steps below to uninstall Bing on a Windows 11 PC.

  1. Press the Windows key and X.
  2. Select ‘Apps and features’.
  3. Scroll down until you find ‘Bing’.
  4. Click on “Delete” next to it and follow the prompts.

The changes must take effect immediately. If not, restart your computer and Bing will be completely removed.

How to Get Rid of Bing on a Mac

There are two ways that Bing Redirect Virus can affect your Mac. Make sure to remove Bing in both places to keep your computer safe.

Remove Bing Application

You can find Bing in your applications even if you never remember installing it. To uninstall Bing on Mac:

  1. On the home screen at the top, click “Go”.
  2. Choose ‘Applications’. This will open the list of applications.
  3. Scroll until you find Bing or an app that you don’t remember installed.
  4. Right click on the app and click on ‘Move to Trash’.

Do this for each item you want to delete. The changes must be immediate. However, restarting your computer causes your Mac to register that the application has been removed.

Remove from Safari

When Bing inserts itself into Safari, it becomes the default search engine. If this happened to you, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to “Safari” and then click on “Preferences”.
  3. Click on “Search”,
  4. Search ‘Search Engine’.
  5. From the drop-down menu, choose any option except Bing.

Close and reopen Safari to ensure that Bing is removed.

How to Get Rid of Bing Maps in Outlook

Bing Maps is a built-in feature of Outlook. It can be enabled automatically when you download Outlook for the first time. The feature can be re-enabled if the Bing Redirect Virus is on your computer. To delete Bing Maps in Outlook:

  1. Press Windows + S on your keyboard to open the search box.
  2. Type “Outlook 2016”. When you see it in the results, click it.
  3. Click “File” and then click “Manage Add-ons”. This will load the web application version of Outlook and display a list of add-ins.
  4. Find “Bing Maps” and uncheck the box in the “Enabled” column.
  5. Reload your Outlook to verify that the change has taken place.

Close and reopen Outlook to make sure the application registers the changes.

Bing on its way here

Bing is a unique browser because while it is not a virus itself, it can be used to facilitate one. Suddenly using Bing on your computer without your permission is an immediate warning that your computer has a virus. Always scan your computer for viruses, even after you uninstall Bing.

Despite this common virus, Bing is a legitimate program built into Microsoft products. If you don’t like it, you can delete it permanently using the same method you used to remove the viral version.

Did you successfully get rid of Bing? Where did you get that from? Let us all know in the comments below!

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