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2020 update. Bing redirect virus. A threat or a hoax?

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Bing virus is a browser hijacker that might affect any browser on Windows or Mac

Bing redirect virusBing redirect virus is a term used to describe numerous hijackers seeking to affect the target computer systems, hijack web browsers and redirect their users to this famous search provider.

Bing virus is a term used to describe browser hijackers that can silently enter your system behind your back. Once inside, it might initiate browser changes or/and system changes and alter the shortcuts of each web browser installed on the device. The main feature of the Bing redirect virus is setting this search provider as a default search engine or/and homepage URL address.

If you feel helpless because Google redirects to Bing when you are trying to find relevant information online, you need to look for suspicious applications or browser extensions on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or any other browser you might be using. Typically, such unwanted applications arrive on a computer along with free software from an insecure source – installers can be filled with browser hijackers. As a result, you might start experiencing Bing redirects seemingly out of nowhere; nonetheless, the potentially unwanted program changed your browser settings in the background to begin this activity.

While Bing is a search engine developed by Microsoft and is reputable, keep in mind that redirects to it due to browser hijacking has nothing to do with the IT giant itself. You need to find and eliminate the PUP that is causing redirects and showing you disruptive ads, be it Mac or a Windows computer.

Name Bing Virus
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Similar to
Danger level Low. Browser hijackers are considered a minor computer infection. Nonetheless, they alter the way users browse the web, insert unwanted ads, and track their browsing activities in the background
Symptoms Redirects search results to Bing and other websites, infuses searches with ads and sponsored links, promotes questionable websites and services
Dangers Infected links in search results, redirects to possibly dangerous websites, infiltration of malware, loss of sensitive information
Distribution method While there are plenty of browser hijackers that are spread via their official websites or legitimate sources such as Google Web Store, most of the PUPs travel within software bundles or are advertised via deceptive ads/fake updates
If you are wondering how to get rid of Bing on Mac or Windows, run a full system scan with anti-virus software to find the browser hijacker responsible for this activity. You can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if you are facing errors and need to fix corrupted files.

Before we start explaining to you how to get rid of Bing redirect virus on Mac, we want to stress out that Bing is a legitimate search engine. However, hackers tend to use the name of this browsing tool[1] in order to disguise viruses and potentially unwanted programs (PUP). In fact, this issue is similar to Google redirect virus and Yahoo redirect virus – both have been described by our experts some time ago.

If you are interested why does your Safari or Google Chrome go to Bing without your approval, you need to check your computer for a “browser hijacker”. Such cyber threats usually spread as a browser add-ons[2] as free components of the freeware and hijack various web browsers, including IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.

Bing search malware

So-called Bing redirect virus alters affected browser’s settings and might set Bing.com as the start page, default search engine, and new tab page without asking any permission. What is more, it might modify the part of the system’s settings and starts initiating unwanted redirects to completely unrelated websites [3].

This activity is initiated for increasing traffic to specific domains and helping them to improve their popularity. If the virus manages to infiltrate the system, Bing starts hijacking Google search or similar search provider. As a result, it can additionally provide lots of online ads, banners, and other commercial content. To get rid of all these negative features, you should scan your computer with the professional anti-malware program. We suggest performing Bing virus removal using a guide below.

Bing redirectBing redirect is a suspicious and highly annoying activity used to reroute users to sponsored sites that are trying to increase their visitors' traffic, sales, etc.

As we have mentioned, there are hundreds of questions saying something like “Bing hijacked my Google Search”. In reality, Bing search has nothing to do with this issue. This search engine has mostly been spread as an additional component of other software.

However, you should note that such an activity might install various helper objects preventing users from setting back their preferred homepage or search engine. These apps or extensions are designed to reject all the changes made by the user.

Apart from taking control over the browser, the virus might also track your browsing habits and send this data to its remote server. This cyber parasite might be interested in your browsing history, search queries, how much time you spent online, clicked ads, IP address, etc. Aggregated information is necessary for applying behavioral marketing strategy. Thus, you might see numerous online advertisements that are based on your interests and browsing history. However, in some cases, aggregated data might be shared or sold to third-parties or advertising networks.

Undoubtedly, this activity may lead to privacy-related issues, e.g. the loss of financial data or login information. Therefore, you should not let this cyber infection stay on your computer. Remove Bing redirect as soon as you notice it hijacked your PC. Ensure that there are no corrupted files left by running Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Bing searchBing search engine is not related to Bing redirect virus. It has just been misused by virus developers for their malicious deeds.

Bing redirect on a Mac

Mac users mostly rely on the Safari web browser when they need to find something on the internet (although Chrome and Firefox are also used by almost half of macOS users).[4] Therefore, it is rather unusual when they see that all their searchers are redirected to Bing.com – a search engine that was introduced by Microsoft in 2009.

Since Mac users fall victim to browser hijackers or adware no less often than Windows users, there is no surprise that users often ask how to get rid of Bing on Mac.

their Bing redirect virus can be a frequent guest on macOS devices as well. This comes due to the fact that most modern browser hijackers are clipped to users' browsers and are not installed on the device.

Unfortunately, browser hijackers can cause more problems to Mac users, as they can establish additional profiles on the computer, or acquire removal immunity in conjunction with malware such as Shlayer Trojan. Therefore, if your Mac is redirecting to Bing, you should not ignore it and find the root cause of the problem.

For that, we recommend using powerful anti-malware software, as some infections might be invisible otherwise. In most cases, however, eliminating a browser-hijacking extension should solve the Bing redirect issues on Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser.

Versions of Bing virus

Bing.vc

Bing.vc is bogus search engine is used for generating sponsored links and redirect users to questionable sites with the help of these links [5]. It is also worth mentioning that this browser hijacker is designed to promote suspicious tools like FixbrowserRedirect and similar.

Bing.vc redirect virusBing.vc redirect virus is a browser hijacker which has been spread in a bundle with freeware. As soon as the virus affects Mac or Windows, it starts rerouting its victim to this page.

What is more, having this program installed on the computer negatively impacts its performance, so it is not recommended to ignore this program’s presence on your computer. Take action as soon as possible!

Bing search virus 

Bing Search virus is the newest version of the Bing redirect virus branch. If you notice Bing.com website suddenly appear on your computer instead of your regular search engine or homepage, this suggests that you should take your system’s security into consideration and look for a browser hijacker that is causing these issues.

Bing virusBing virus is a serious issue related to Safari, Chrome, and some other browsers. It has been circulating on the Internet for five years now.

Like the majority of browser hijackers, it may spy on you as well as redirect to suspicious sites. By no means, you should keep this program installed on your computer.

Why does my Google search go to Bing

Finding an unknown search engine set as default one and being unable to use your preferred search tool is definitely frustrating. However, the majority of users are not aware of the fact that they are responsible for setting Bing provided search as their default search provider.

Bing is promoted just like any other potentially unwanted program or a browser hijacker. If you want to avoid it, you should know that it may appear on each of your web browsers if you don’t like to monitor installation of the freeware and keep clicking the “Next” button while installing such programs as download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, etc.

Bing redirect virusBing redirect virus - PUP that can installed together with download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, video recording software, from P2P networks, etc. You must monitor the installation of the freeware to prevent it from infiltrating your system.

For avoiding this, you should start paying more attention to the installation of freeware programs. First, you should read what is said in its Privacy Policy and End User’s License Agreement. In addition, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation option and opt-out of optional components that may be offered to you along the way.

You should uncheck such sentences as “Make Bing my start page,” “I agree to make Bing.com my default search engine.” etc. Otherwise, you may be forced to use this site for searching the web. We highly recommend not ignoring that because you may find yourself on an unknown website [6].

How to get rid of Bing redirect virus on Mac / Safari

To remove Bing from Safari search bar or another browser installed on Mac, you have two options. The first one suggests scanning the system with reputable anti-malware software and resetting affected web browsers. Thus, this option is highly advised for less-skilled computer users who have never dealt with such cyber threats.

The second way to block Bing on Mac requires finding and deleting hijacker-related components manually. You have to check the list of Applications and move Trash all unknown entries. Once you empty the trash, check web browsers: uninstall suspicious add-ons and reset the browser. At the end of this article, you can find detailed instructions.

Finally, keep in mind that some PUPs can be very aggressive and might establish new profiles on your device, and prevent Bing redirect removal altogether. Therefore, you could check the following places for malicious .plist files and other entries:

  • System Preferences > Accounts> Login Items
  • System Preferences > Users&Groups > Profiles
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons

Bing redirect on MacBing redirect virus can often be encountered on Macs as well

How to uninstall Bing provided search from Windows

In order to remove Bing from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or another Windows 10 browser is not enough just to change the URL address in the browser’s settings. The hijacker is designed in a way that can reset Bing as a default search provider after a system reboot.

Bing redirect virus removal from Windows requires either deleting hijacker-related components manually or letting reputable anti-malware do the job for you. Our team has prepared elimination guidelines at the end of the article. Feel free to use them in order to investigate and clean the system.

However, we recommend taking advantage of security software to remove Bing redirect virus easier and quicker. This method requires scanning the device with updated anti-malware and resetting each of the browsers installed on Windows machine.

Bing redirect virus removal video to guide you through the termination process

This application is a legitimate search engine that becomes related to malware once hijackers use the name for their purposes. When the potentially unwanted program like this Bing redirect infiltrates the system a new default search engine, homepage and new tab preferences get assigned. These are only a few changes the PUP can make on the affected computer. You need a thorough system check to eliminate all parts of the hijacker and reverse changes back to default. Follow the video guide and double-check after the process to make sure that your device runs as smooth as before.

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To remove Bing redirect virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Bing redirect from Windows systems

Follow the steps below to delete Bing virus from the computer manually.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Bing redirect and related programs
    Here, look for Bing redirect or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Bing redirect from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete Bing redirect from Mac OS X system

To remove Bing from macOS, you need to follow a guide given below. These instructions will help you locate and remove all questionable components that were used to install the hijacker on your computer. After that, you will be able to switch search engines on Mac.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' 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 every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase Bing redirect from Internet Explorer (IE)

In order to get rid of Bing redirect problem, you need to remove suspicious add-ons from IE, and reset the browser.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Bing redirect and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Bing redirect removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Bing redirect virus from Microsoft Edge

After the Bing hijack, you need to fix Microsoft Edge by following these steps.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Bing redirect-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Bing redirect from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix your Firefox browser, you need to uninstall all suspicious apps. Once you do that, you should also reset Mozilla Firefox. It helps when you need to delete browser helper objects, tracking cookies, and other virus-related entries.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Bing redirect and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Bing redirect removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Bing redirect from Google Chrome

To remove Bing from Chrome (of course, you should do that only if you think that your search engine was hijacked by a virus), follow the steps below. Make sure you remove all suspicious browser add-ons and extensions.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Bing redirect and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Bing redirect removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Bing redirect from Safari

To remove Bing from Safari web browser, you should check your recently-installed extensions. Make sure you eliminate the ones that seem unsafe. We also recommend resetting this browser to eliminate minor components that could be malicious, such as BHOs and similar ones.

  1. Remove dangerous 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 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 uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Bing redirect, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    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 select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. 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 options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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