How to remove Bing redirect virus from Mac?

If you’ve noticed that the browser you use on your Mac has suddenly started re-directing to Bing whenever you try and use Google or Yahoo to search the web, your Mac has fallen prey to the Bing redirect virus. Read on to find out more.

Everything you need to know about Bing redirect virus

Bing redirect isn’t actually a virus. It doesn’t replicate itself and copy itself from computer to computer over a network or using shared storage. It is, however, a form of malware known as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. Specifically, it’s a browser hijacker, which means it intercepts your browser settings, whether you use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, and changes the homepage and default search engine.

Bing redirect virus

Then it displays intrusive adverts and collects data such as your IP address, web searches, and sites visited. That’s all done to earn money for the hackers who created it.

How did it get onto your Mac? 

Ask yourself if you’ve downloaded any applications recently. Any that prompted macOS to tell you that because the app wasn’t from the Mac App Store or a trusted developer you would have to manually approve its installation in System Preferences? If so, that’s the culprit. Bing redirect bundles itself with other applications and is downloaded and installed when you download those. To avoid it, be careful about what applications you download, make sure you know what they are and that they are safe. And avoid downloading software from sites that use proprietary download managers.

If you’re not sure whether you’ve already downloaded Bing redirect, just launch a web browser and type a search query. If it redirects to Bing, you have your answer.

How to remove Bing redirect virus

There are several steps to Bing redirect virus removal. First, stop it running.

1. Launch Activity Monitor from Applications>Utilities.
2. Look for any processes that look like they may be malware. If you’re not sure, google the name of suspicious processes.
3. If you find one, select it and press the Quit Process button in the toolbar.

Get rid of suspicious applications

1. Go to your Applications folder.
2. Look for any applications you don’t remember installing.
3. If you find one, uninstall it.

How to see your hidden folders? 

There is a shortcut combination to reveal the unseen folders on your Mac. It may help you get hold of the virus that infiltrated  many parts of your macOS. To see hidden items in Documents or Applications folder use:

Shift + Command + Period key

How to destroy the Bing virus using software

Luckily, in 2019 there are many apps that recognize the Bing virus. One of the latest antiviruses, CleanMyMac X does that well. This app is notarized by Apple and detects many PUPs as well as key loggers, adware extensions, etc. 

If all you are looking for is to delete the Bing redirect virus, you may go with a free version of CleanMyMac X.

Download the app — a link to a free edition
Launch the app and click Malware Removal in the sidebar

It should look likes this:

What else can you do: Check your login items

Sometimes, malware puts itself in your login items, so it starts up when your Mac boots.

1. Go to System Preferences and choose Users & Groups.
2. Click on your user name and choose the Login Items tab.
3. Look for any suspicious login items.
4. If you find any, check the box next to them and press “-“

Remove Bing redirect  from Safari

1. Launch Safari, then click on the Safari menu and select Preferences.
2. Click on the Extensions tab.
3. Look for an extension that you haven’t installed and that looks suspicious.
4. Select it and press Uninstall.
5. Now go to the General tab.
6. Change the Homepage address to your preferred homepage.
7. Go to the Search tab and choose the search engine you want to use.

Remove Bing redirect from Chrome

1. Launch Chrome.
2. Type “chrome://extensions” into the address bar.
3. Look for an extension that you haven’t installed and that looks suspicious.
4. Click Remove next to the extension.
5. Type “chrome://settings” into the address bar.
6. Scroll down to “On-startup.”
7. If the setting has been changed, change it back to your preferred homepage.
8. Go back to settings and select “search engine.”
9. Press “manage search engines” and then the drop-down menu next to “search engine used in the address bar” the choose the one you want to use.

Remove Bing redirect from Firefox

1. Launch Firefox and click on the three horizontal lines on the right of the toolbar.
2. Choose Add-ons.
3. Select Extensions and look for an extension that you haven’t installed and that looks suspicious.
4. Press Remove.
5. Click on the three horizontal lines again.
6. Choose Preferences.
7. Now, select Home.
8. Set “Homepage and new windows” to your preferred homepage.
9. Choose Search.
10. Set the search engine to the one you want to us.

Once you’ve completed the above steps, the Bing redirect should have been removed and your browser should work normally. To make sure you don’t download any further malware, be careful about what you download. Never click on a pop-up window that appears when you visit a website and tells you that software is out of date or that you must download an app to continue.

It's also worth trying a dedicated app uninstaller like the one is CleanMyMac X. 

Bing redirect is not a virus, but it can make using a web browser very frustrating, by redirecting searches from your preferred search engine to Bing and by displaying intrusive adverts. There’s also a risk that it will steal personal data, so you should remove it as soon as you become aware of it. Fortunately, removing it isn’t very difficult, if you follow the steps above carefully. Once you’ve removed it, it’s worth scanning your Mac with an antivirus tool or with CleanMyMac X's Malware Removal tool

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