What is bing.com?
Bing.com is a legitimate Internet search engine. This site is developed by a legitimate company and is not related to any virus or malware. Be aware, however, that this site is often promoted by various browser-hijacking potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). These applications infiltrate systems without users’ consent and stealthily modify web browser settings.
What are browser hijackers?
Browser hijackers usually target the most popular web browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After infiltrating the system, they assign the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL browser settings to bing.com without users' permission. Some even add a URL extension to the shortcut targets of each browser.
Therefore, when opening browser/new browsing tabs or simply attempting to search the Internet via the URL bar, users are redirected to bing.com. Continual unwanted browser redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience.
Furthermore, browser hijackers are delivered with a number of 'helper objects' (browser extensions/apps) developed to prevent users from returning browsers to their previous states (when users attempt to alter the settings, helper objects automatically reassign them).
Note that some browser-hijacking apps assign settings to various sites claiming to be legitimate Internet search engines, however, rather than generating valid search results, these sites simply redirect users to bing.com.
What harm browser-hijacking apps can cause?
Although bing.com poses no threat to users' privacy or computer systems, browser-hijacking apps used to promote this site might do harm. Browser hijackers often generate intrusive online advertisements that not only conceal underlying content, but may also redirect to bogus sites containing infectious content.
Therefore, clicking them might cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Browser-hijacking apps are likely to monitor users' Internet browsing activity and gather various browsing-related data.
There is a high probability that some of the collected information will be personally identifiable. The developers of browser hijackers share this recorded information with third parties - behavior that might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
If you feel that your browser settings have been set to bing.com without your consent, uninstall all recently-installed suspicious applications and browser extensions, otherwise you will not be able to change these settings.
|Name||bing.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.DealPly.ehqwx), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/InstallCore.Gen.A potentially unwanted), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijackers in general
Most browser-hijacking applications have similar behavior - they falsely claim to enhance Internet browsing simply to trick users to install. After infiltrating the system, these applications provide none of the functionality promised.
Browser hijackers are designed solely to generate revenue for the developers. Apps such as Your Online Games Now, Easy Speed Test Access, and Your Classifieds Now display intrusive online advertisements, track users' Internet browsing activity, and cause unwanted browser redirects.
How a browser hijacker got installed on my computer?
Browser hijackers are often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party software with regular software/apps.
Developers hide installation of PUAs within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings, since many users do not pay enough attention during the download and installation processes.
Rushing these processes and skipping most/all steps, often leads to inadvertent installation of adware or browser-hijacking applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two main steps you should take to prevent installation of browser hijackers. Firstly, closely observe each step of the software download and installation processes.
Secondly, decline all offers to download or install additional programs and opt-out of those already included (since most bundled software is malicious). If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
Appearance of a browser hijacker redirecting users to bing.com (GIF):
Deceptive free software installers promoting bing.com related browser hijackers:
Update January 10, 2023 - Currently the most common cause of unwanted redirects are malicious Google Chrome extensions. Crooks use deceptive social engineering tactics to trick users into installation of these extensions by presenting them as browser updates or various useful tools. Here are the screenshots of the latest and most popular Chrome extensions (fake Chrome extension, fake Google Docs extension, fake Google Translate extension, Crypto Currency Converter and Weekly Hits) that cause unwanted redirects to bing.com:
Examples of fake/deceptive pop-up messages promoting such malicious browser extension:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is bing.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove bing.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove bing.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove bing.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
bing.com redirect removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the bing.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
bing.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.bing.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "bing.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bing.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove all recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://bing.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with bing.com browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bing.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users to use browser hijackers?
Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines. The more times a certain address (fake search engine) is visited, the more profit individuals behind fake search engines generate.
Is using a fake search engine is a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines (and browser hijackers) can be designed to gather various information about the visitor. That information can be misused for malicious purposes.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
A big part of browser hijackers is distributed using social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements. Also, they can be included as optional downloads/installations in downloaders and installers for other programs.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove a browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser hijackers. Users who have multiple browser hijackers on their browsers/computers should remove all of them at once. Otherwise, they may reinstall one another. Typically, it is difficult to remove browser hijackers manually. Thus, it is recommended to use specialized software for that.