The following tutorial demonstrates how to remove the Bing Search web browser redirect virus from your Windows computer.
Step One: How to Uninstall Malicious Programs in Windows
Here is how you can uninstall the malicious programs manually in Windows from the Control Panel:
1. Type Control Panel into Search in the taskbar and then click on the Control Panel desktop app when it appears under the Best match section.
2. From the View by drop-down menu in Control Panel’s top right side, select Categories and then under the Programs heading, click on the Uninstall a program link.
3. Find the malicious or potentially unwanted program from the list of programs, click on it once so that it is highlighted, and then click on the Uninstall button from the menu to remove it from the computer.
You can now close the Control Panel window.
Step Two: How to Remove Bing Search Redirect with Windows Security
Note: The Windows Defender antivirus application shown below is available on all versions of Windows 10—the latest version of Windows operating system. If you are running an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7, then you can skip to the next step that shows you how to install a third-party antimalware application instead.
Windows 10 comes with reliable antivirus and antimalware protection already build into the operating system, so you do not need to install third-party tools. While there are some good third-party tools out there available such as Malwarebytes, many of the sites directing you to install those programs are affiliate links, meaning there are incentives for those sites to show those tools. That’s not to say that those links do not do a great job, but you might as well try to solve the problem directly from Windows first before installing other tools.
The Windows Security application is installed on all computers that run on Windows 10 version 1703 and above. Previously named Windows Defender, Windows Security comes with an easier to use interface and more features to choose from and better help you understand what features are available.
The Windows Defender Security Center currently has seven areas that work together to keep your computers protected from harmful threats. They are as follows:
- Virus & Threat Protection. Is where you can run scans, view the threat history, set up ransomware protection, and access other settings and notifications such as the Controlled folder access that comes with Windows Defender Exploit Guard and sign-in to Microsoft OneDrive.
- Account Protection. Helps users protect their identity when they sign in to Windows with the new Account Protection pillar in Windows Defender Security Center. Account Protection offers some additional chances to secure an account outside of the traditional password, including Windows Hello facial and fingerprint recognition of a PIN for faster sign in.
- Firewall & Network Protection. Manages the Windows Defender firewall settings, and allows you to monitor networks and internet connections.
- App & Browser Control. Shows Windows Defender SmartScreen settings and exploit protection mitigations.
- Device Security. Gives greater insight and access to device security settings.
- Device Performance & Health. Shows drivers, storage space, and other issues with Windows Update, plus keeps the device clean and up to date by installing the latest version of Windows 10.
- Family Options. Find parental controls and tips to manage your children’s online experience and with how to keep kids safe online.
1. Open the Windows Security app.
2. Click on the Virus & threat protection icon and then click on the Scan options link. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
3. Select the Quick scan if you want to check the folders where most threats are commonly found. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
4. Select the Full scan if you want Windows Security to scan the entire system (takes much longer). (click to enlarge screenshot below)
If the quick and full scan options didn’t remove the malware, you could use a bootable antimalware tool instead. Windows 10 comes with one already built in which can be found beneath the other options called Windows Defender Offline scan.
5. Navigate to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security and select the Windows Defender Offline scan and then click on the Scan now button. (click to enlarge screenshot below)
6. The computer now automatically reboots and scans for files offline. This can take a while to complete, but not as long as the full scan.
7. If the scan finds malware, the Windows Defender Offline scanner will show an interface for you to clean it from the computer. If no malware is detected, then the computer reboots back into Windows where you can sign in to your Microsoft account again.
You can now close the Windows Security app and continue using your computer.
Step Three: How to Remove Bing Search Redirect Using Malwarebytes
If scanning with the Windows Security antimalware protection doesn’t remove the redirect, you can try installing third-party antimalware tools instead, such as Malwarebytes, and see if that removes the redirect instead.
1. Download the Malwarebytes for Windows from the Malwarebytes website.
2. If prompted by your web browser with a message that says “This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable (.exe) file anyway?” click on the “Keep” button.
3. If you are prompted by User Account Control asking “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device,” click on the “Yes” button.
4. Click on the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning the computer for malware and other potentially unwanted programs.
5. Wait for the scan to complete.
6. Select all of the malware and potentially unwanted programs that you want to be removed from the computer and then click on the “Quarantine Selected” button.
7. You may get a message from Malwarebytes letting you know that all selected items have been removed successfully, but the computer must be restarted before the removal process can be completed. Select the “Yes” button to reboot your computer now.
8. Upon signing back in to your computer, the Malwarebytes interface will open and let you know that the scan and quarantine are complete.
Note: You can also export the scan results by clicking on “Export summary” from the main Malwarebytes results page and then clicking on the “Export” button from the scan report.
You can now close the Malwarebytes interface.
Step Four: How to Reset Browser to Default Settings and Clean Up Browser
After uninstalling the malicious program from Control Panel, removing the malware with Malwarebytes, repairing the browser settings with CCleaner, you still may need to reset the browser to its default settings and clean up the browser.
You can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Google Chrome.
1. Click on the “More” button and then click on the “Settings” link from the menu.
2. Scroll down and then click on “Advanced” at the bottom of the page.
3. Under the Reset and cleanup heading, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” link.
4. From the Reset settings overlay, click on the “Reset settings” button.
5. Under the Reset and clean up heading once again, click on the “Clean up computer” link.
6. Next to where it says Find and remove harmful software, click on the “Find” button.
You can now close the Google Chrome web browser if you like.
You can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Firefox.
1. Click on the “More” button and then click on the “Help” link.
2. Click on the “Troubleshooting Information” link.
3. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button.
4. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button when you get the confirmation dialog box.
You can now close the Firefox browser if you like.
You can reset the Microsoft Edge browser settings directly from the Settings application in Windows 10.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Click on the “Apps” icon from the Windows Settings menu.
3. From Apps’ left side, click on “Apps & features” and then scroll down the right side until you get to Microsoft Edge, click on it once to reveal its menu and then click on the “Advanced options” link.
4. Click on the “Reset” button.
You can now close the Settings app if you like.
Step Five (Optional): How to Repair Browser Settings Using CCleaner
You can use third-party tools such as CCleaner to repair the web browser settings. This is optional but should be done if your redirect keeps coming back or isn’t yet completely fixed.
1. If your web browser shows a message that says this type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable file anyway? click on the Keep button.
2. If prompted by User Account Control and asked: Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?, click on the Yes button.
3. Click on the Install button.
Note: CCleaner may offer an additional program for you to install. Choose to check or uncheck the box for installing any other programs.
4. Check or uncheck the box for viewing the release notes based on your preference, and then click on the Run CCleaner button.
5. Click on the Analyze button.
6. Click on the Run Cleaner button once the analysis is completed.
7. The scan is now complete.
8. Click on Tools from the left menu and then click on Startup and looks through the tabs for any startup programs that have the word search in the title or name.
9. If you find any, click on the Disable and then Delete buttons.
You can now close the CCleaner application if you like.