Attention, please! Bing.com is not in any share or form a malicious entity. It is simply a search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. We do not claim in any way that Bing.com is a malware or virus. There are however several browser hijackers who serve results through redirects to Bing – which is what we are referring to in this post.
The bing redirect virus on Mac
The Bing redirect virus on Mac is rogue software that hijacks the browser and causes automatic redirects to bing.com. The Bing redirect virus on Mac may also change the default homepage and the search engine of the browser and install unwanted browser extensions.
Hackers and online scammers often use legitimate and popular search engines to make money by forcing the user’s browsers to redirect their traffic to those search engines. Google and Yahoo have also been used in similar schemes in the past but it is important to understand that the search engine itself is not responsible for the unwanted changes in your browser and is only used as a front for the hacker’s scheme that involves infecting your browser with a browser hijacker. In other words, using Bing to conduct online searches is perfectly fine. What’s not fine is if you are typically using another search engine by default and you constantly get redirected to Bing every time you try to perform an online search. If this is happening on your Mac, then you are most definitely dealing with a browser hijacker of the Bing redirect virus type. If that is the case, you must make it a top priority to find and delete the hijacker in order to avoid more serious problems on your Mac.
Here, we should also note that the Bing redirect virus could be related to other similar unwanted apps and browser hijackers. It may get installed with their help on your Mac or, conversely, it may bring those other hijackers/rogue apps into your browser without asking for permission. Here is a list of the most common examples of software related to the Bing redirect virus:
If you think that any of the examples from this list has also been introduced to your browser, follow the respective link and you will be taken to an article and a removal guide written specifically for that unwanted software where you can find out more about it and learn how to uninstall it from your Mac. Other potentially related hijackers are Search Control, My Browser Search, api.lisumanagerine.club, and search.surfharvest.xyz.
Google changes to Bing on mac
If Google changes to Bing on your Mac, this means that you have had your browser infected by a browser hijacker known as the Bing virus. The hijacker changes Google to Bing on your Mac to generate revenue from the searches you make through Bing.
The idea behind the automatic redirects to Bing is that the hackers who are cousin them would generate revenue for each search you make through Bing since they’ve redirected you to it. This doesn’t seem like a huge deal – the only problem here appears to be the frustration caused by potentially being forced to use a search engine other than the one you are used to and prefer. The truth, however, is that if a rogue piece of software installed in your browser is able to cause unwanted redirects all the time, this means that there are likely other undesirable effects that it may have on the browser. For instance, if the Bing redirect virus has been installed in your Safari, it may also alter its homepage and default search engine, changing them to Bing or to something else. Also, the redirects may not only be to Bing but to other, less reputable, and safe sites. Additionally, questionable and potentially unsafe extensions may get installed in the browser without any need for permission from your side. It is possible that random ads and banners start popping-up on your screen while you are browsing and that fake update requests may try to convince you to download sham or unsafe software.
We could go on and on about the potential effects that an unwanted browser hijacker could have in the infected browser but the bottom line is that you shouldn’t allow such software to freely operate from within your browser. The moment you notice its presence, you should make sure to get it removed.
Bing hijacking google search on mac
Bing hijacking Google search on Mac is a common problem that Mac users face when a browser hijacker takes over their browser. To stop Bing from hijacking Google search on your Mac, you must delete the hijacker app that has been installed in the browser.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to rid your browser of the Bing redirect virus. However, you still need to know where and what to look for. We have included a guide below this article that shows you how to delete the Bing redirect virus from your Mac and revoke any changes that this hijacker may have introduced to your browser(s).
One last thing we need to mention is that, in order to avoid such hijackers in the future, it is important to be selective about what you are installing on your Mac. Most hijackers are bundled with legitimate-looking free apps downloaded from third-party download platforms (outside of the official Apple Store) so always be extra careful when installing apps from such sources – if anything about the app looks fishy or if macOS warns you about it, it’s best to not proceed with the installation.
How to remove Bing from Mac
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively, you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it), and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
How to get rid of Bing on Mac
- If you are on OS X, click “Go” on the top left of your screen, then Applications.
- In the Applications folder, look for anything suspicious that came with the Bing Redirect Virus. Right-click on such programs and choose Move to Trash to get rid of them.
Bear in mind that these instructions are the quickest way to block the Bing Redirect Virus, but if they don’t work, it simply means the infections have rooted themselves in more places on your machine. If that is the case follow the rest of the steps in the guide below – we know you can get rid of the Bing Redirect Virus with them, because we personally infected our machines and removed it.
How to remove Bing from Safari
To remove the Bing redirect virus from Safari, you must check the extensions page of the browser and delete any unwanted items found there:
- For starters, open the browser, click on the Safari button from the menu bar at the top, and select Preferences.
- From the Preferences bar, go to Extensions where you will find all the extensions present in the browser.
- Look for unwanted items and if you see anything suspicious, delete it.
- Next, go to General from the Preferences bar and check the homepage address – if it has been changed to bing.com (or to something else) without your permission, change it back to what it used to be.
- Go to Search from Preferences and check the default search engine – if it is not the one you prefer, change it to the search service that you want it to be.
- Open the Privacy tab in Preferences and click on Remove All Website Data – executing this command will delete data such as cookies and site cache data but will also result in you getting logged out of your online accounts. Click on Remove Now to execute the command.
How to block Bing on Mac
If you want to block Bing on your Mac, follow these steps:
- Open your Safari (or other Mac) browser. From the menu select Safari (or other Mac) browser.
- Click on Preferences. In the preferences window, choose Extensions.
- Look for Bing or any other recently-installed extensions that you want blocked.
- Click on the Uninstall button next to it/them.
If Chrome redirects to Bing
- Go to your Settings. In Appearance, go to Show Home Button – make sure it’s not bing.com.
- Do the same in Search Engine Used in The Address Bar.
- In Manage Search Engines, look for any Bing entries. Click the three-dotted line on the right – Remove from the list.
After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Now, let’s find out what your Mac computer is doing and which apps and processes are using its power. This information can be received from the Activity Monitor, which can be accessed through Finder >
Once you start the Activity Monitor, the main screen will show you a list of all the applications and processes that are currently running on your Mac computer. In this list, look for Bing Redirect and other processes that might be linked to it or look suspicious. Tap on each one of them to highlight it and then tap on the information button at the top – it should be marked just like (i) button.
An information box like this one should pop-up on your screen:
Go to the bottom of the window and click on the Sample button. This will automatically generate a sample of the highlighted process that should look something like this:
Generate samples for all processes that seem questionable to you and use the online virus scanner below to check any suspicious-looking files. After you see the scan results, remove the files that are detected as threats.
After that, press the Shift button on your keyboard and hold it while opening your Safari browser. Doing this will stop any unwanted Bing Redirect-related pages from loading automatically on your freshly launched browser.
Attention! In some cases, some intrusive scripts may still get launched in Safari on their own. If this is your case, Force Quit the browser (see instructions in step 1) and switch off your Wi-Fi connection (Mac Menu>>>Wi-Fi off) or disconnect the computer from the internet cable if you are using one. Then, press the Shift key and launch Safari again.
When Safari opens without launching any unwanted pages, go to the Safari Menu and tap on it. From the fall-down menu select, Preferences as it is shown on the image:
In the Preferences menu, select the eight icon which says “Extensions”:
Browse the available extensions and look for Bing-related extensions or some unfamiliar ones that you can’t remember installing yourself. Uninstall those and move to the next step.
Apps such as Bing Redirect may infect all browsers on your Mac. Thus, if you want to get rid of it successfully, we recommend you to apply the instructions below for all browsers that are installed on your system.
If you are still in Safari, click on the Safari Menu and select Preferences just as you did in step 4. This time, however, click on the Privacy tab:
Navigate to where it says “Remove All Website Data” and click on it. Tap on Remove Now to confirm the action
Important! This action will delete all your saved website data (including your logins), thus, after you confirm it, you will have to log-in again in all sites that require authentication.
After you complete the action in the Privacy tab, go back to the Preferences menu and select the General tab:
Once the General window apears, go to the Homepage section and see what it is written in the text field. If it is a URL that is not the homepage that you want, remove it and write the homepage that you prefer.
After that select the History menu and click on where it says “Clear History”. This will delete your full search history from all tabs, including the URL related to Bing Redirect.
How to Remove Bing Redirect Virus From Firefox in OSX:
For Firefox users, open the browser and go to the top right corner where the main menu icon is found . Click on it and go to Add-ons, then select the Extensions tab from the left.
Carefully browse through the extensions found there and try to locate the problematic ones. Then, remove them and Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
In case that you have tried everything in the guide but Bing is still present on your Mac, use the anti-virus program found on this page or try our free online virus scanner. If questions arise, please drop them in the comments below and we will do our best to assist you.