Bing Redirect Virus
The Bing Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker designed to covertly gain access to your Mac device. Afterwards the Bing redirect virus will perform system changes – it will replace your preferred home page, search engine and may even alter settings inside your web browser.
The Bing Redirect is a browser hijacker-based application that usually looks like a normal extension for browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others. However, the way it operates is quite different than a regular browser extension and you may quickly notice that. Once it gets installed on your PC, Bing Redirect may start to generate nagging and aggressive ads, pop-ups, banners and different links on your screen. What is more, the application is very likely to enforce some unwanted modifications on the default browsing program such as a new homepage domain, a new search engine or a new toolbar, which can replace the previous ones without your permission.
A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the Segurazo Antivirus.
You may also be a subject of some automatic page-redirects triggered by the browser hijacker, which attempts to expose you to sponsored domains and pay-per-click third-party links that generate pay-per-click profits. All this could, naturally, make you question the nature of Bing Redirect and its purpose as well as the danger level that it brings to your computer. That’s why, if this application has recently hijacked your favorite browser, we suggest you take a look at the information that follows and make use of the instructions in the removal guide below.
We would like to get your attention that The Bing Redirect Virus usually gets bundled with a rogue program called Mac Cleanup Pro. There are many users who have been recently getting disturbed by this new hijacker piece of software and since a lot of them are still struggling to remove its nagging ads and uninstall its unwanted changes, we have decided to publish a quick and reliable way of getting rid of the undesirable software. In case the manual steps are too complex and time-consuming for you, the recommended removal tool, which is also available below, can deal with Bing Redirect automatically, without any risk for your system.
What danger may Bing Redirect pose to your machine?
Bing Redirect may often be mistakenly referred to as a computer virus, but its nature is not malicious. As a typical browser hijacker like Searchmine.net or Go.Mail.Ru this application has been created to advertise and to earn pay-per-click revenue and not to cause harm to the users’ computers. That’s why, its main activity is related to aggressive online advertising which greatly differs from illegal activities such as online data theft, fraud, espionage, data corruption or other criminal tasks typically performed by viruses and malware programs such as Trojans, Ransomware and Spyware. Basically, for the time it operates on the computer, Bing Redirect is very likely to mess with your browser and to interrupt your web surfing with sponsored commercials and automatic page-redirects. This is normally not directly harmful or illegal but could certainly become quite irritating in no time.
The annoyance may greatly increase when you try to search for something on the web just to get redirected to some unfamiliar sites full of aggressive and hard-to-remove ads. Or, when you are forced to use another search engine which displays sponsored search results instead of the real ones. And this is not the only reason to consider the uninstallation of Bing Redirect. Despite not having been created to directly harm you, this application may sometimes prompt you to click on unreliable ads and insecure web links, which could be carriers of nasty infections including Ransomware, Trojans, Rootkits and different viruses. That’s why we believe the risk of keeping such browser hijacking application on your PC is not worth it and it’s why we advise our readers to use the instructions above in order to uninstall it.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new homepage or a search engine may replace your default one.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, free downloads, software bundling, ad-supported websites, torrents, automatic installers.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading ComboCleaner to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
How to remove Bing Redirect Virus
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 has rooted itself 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
- Go to the “Search” section on your Mac, locate and click the “Manage search engines…” button.
- In the next window, remove Bing by clicking the “X” button located next to it.
- Select a new search engine (for example Safari) from the list and click “Make default” next to it.
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 list.
After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Bing Redirect Virus From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
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!