Have you been infected by a redirect towards Bing.vc? This article includes Bing.vc removal instructions that work with all versions of Windows.
Bing.vc is a virus known to belong to the browser hijacker family as viruses and as such it can be a royal pain in the ass. browser hijacker are characterized by several “features” and you may recognize some of them thanks to Bing.vc.
- Whenever you open a new page or tab on your internet browser an Ad, Banner or entirely new page filled with advertisements pops up.
- Banners are directly injected over content of sites you visit.
- Random keywords of text read by you are turned into hyperlinks leading to advertisements if you hover the mouse or click over them,
- Rarely other programs and add-ons may be installer like toolbars and search engines.
You need to get rid of Bing.vc fast. The constant Ad creation will slow down your computer, because of the resources needed to render them. They can also leech bandwidth when they are getting downloaded.
Possible dangers for your computer while you have Bing.vc installed
Compared to other virus types browser hijackers are not that dangerous, but that doesn’t mean they should be underestimated. Fortunately there are really only two things that you should never do in order to minimize the risk.
- Don’t click on the Ads
- Never download and install anything off the Ads
There is a good chance that any site the hyperlinks of the Ads take you to will be a fake. Some may look exactly like the real sites they try to emulate – they copy the design of the site and the url name will be very similar to the url of the real site that is getting impersonated, with only maybe one or two characters in difference. If you ever make the mistake of paying any amount of money on such a fraudulent site you’ll quickly discover you have been robbed. Any file you get will almost certainly be a virus that will try to run another money grabbing scheme on you.
It’s possible that the Ads may offer you all kinds of free stuff to download. Don’t trust them. One of the main tricks used by viruses to replicate around the web is via browser hijackers like Bing.vc. ANYTHING you download can be a virus, probably even a very dangerous one to boot.
Watch out for browser hijacker bundled with other programs
Some programs offer additional demo/trial versions of other programs upon installation. Unfortunately, sometimes instead of a legit program inside might be hiding an browser hijacker virus. This is more likely to happen if the original program is freeware. This is one of the most likely scenarios Bing.vc might have used to come in. The default installation always installs everything so avoid using it, go Advanced. It might look more complicated, but in reality if you just click “Next” a couple of times you will get exactly the same result as with default. The bonus is that you can see and control what additional programs are getting installed and you can (and should) deny all unnecessary extras.
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Remove Bing.vc Redirect
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Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Bing.vc Redirect has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Bing.vc Redirect . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Bing.vc Redirect should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Next, type about:config on the web page address bar. A message will tell you that you need to be careful. Agree and say OK. Directly below the address bar, there is a search bar. Type in it Bing.vc Redirect. Any entries that Mozilla finds with the term need to be reset to their defaults by right clicking and choosing the Reset option.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Bing.vc Redirect and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
You should do the following for ALL browsers you have installed. Browser hijackers infect everything while in your system. You need to manually get rid of it from each shortcut. You should do the following:
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
Alternatively, if you have your browser pinned down to the taskbar, you Right click it, then Right Click again on the Small Browser Icon —–> Properties
NOTE: Below, we are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe”
FOR CHROME USERS:
Now click on the Menu icon on top, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top), then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft— Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 7 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Bing.vc Redirect. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.