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.
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!
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 proccesses 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 makred 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 launhed 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.
For Firefox users, open the browser and go to the top right corner where the main menu icon is found
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.