Bing Provided Search
Bing Provided Search is a software component that can only operate from within a browser program such a Chrome or Firefox. The main function of Bing Provided Search (despite what its description might claim) is to generate revenue through web ads and page redirects that users get subjected to once the hijacker in on their computer.
To further make their advertising activities more effective, a lot of hijackers tend to tinker with or outright replace the search engine, the homepage and the new-tab page of the targeted browser. By making the homepage or the new tab page addresses of the browser a certain site that the hijacker is trying to sponsor, the pesky app is already able to significantly boost the number of visits that the said site would get.
And, by imposing a new search engine, the hijacker can then display search results to the users that are modified in such a way so that certain sites and pages would get promoted by being offered as the most relevant results. Aside from that, as we mentioned, if there is a hijacker on your machine, different pop-up ads, banners and frequent redirects are likely to spam your screen whenever you open your browser. Here, however, we are going to show you how you can easily deal with this annoyance by giving you a guide on how to remove the browser hijacker.
BingProvidedSearch is a typical representative of the hijacker class which means that it will probably not initiate any harmful processes on your PC as it doesn’t contain malicious code that threats such as Trojans, spyware and ransomware viruses have in them. However, BingProvidedSearch it’s still not software that we’d recommend you keep on your computer and there are a number of reasons for that:
The first, and most obvious one, is the fact that it is annoying and oftentimes frustrating to have around. However, aside from that, another important reason to uninstall Bing Provided Search is that it might actually show you inappropriate or maybe even potentially hazardous ads that may not be what they initially seem. Hijackers are also known for monitoring the users’ browsing activities in order to gain valuable telemetry marketing data and while this is mostly legal, it’s still probably not something you’d want. So, our advice for you is to use the provided guide or the specialized removal tool in it to remove Bing Provided Search and also to be cautious in the future with regards to what sites you tend to visit, what web content you interact with and what sources you use to download new programs and apps.
|Name||Bing Provided Search|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The changes to the browser and the nagging adverts and page redirects is what usually gives away the presence of a hijacker app.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly via software bundles and different spam messages and web ads.|
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Remove Bing Provided Search
To try and remove Bing Provided Search quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Bing Provided Search extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Bing Provided Search by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Bing Provided Search and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Bing Provided Search removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Bing Provided Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Bing Provided Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Bing Provided Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!