How To Get Rid of Bing

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I recently purchased a Dell machine in order to get a larger screen. I choose to get Windows 7 as the learning curve would be seamless.

It came loaded with some tricky redirection software? When I went to google, I ended up with a different browser … which has a lot of advertising before you can actually look at potential answers.

I remember that you wrote about this problem a few years ago and I think how to find and delete these interfering messages.

Thanks, Judi

Dear Judi,

Bing is actually a search engine from Microsoft. It used to be called various different names including Live Search, Windows Live Search and MSN Search.

Since Microsoft also makes the Windows operating system, they set new computers up with Bing as the default search engine, and often the default home page. They might even have included a bing toolbar.

It sounds like in your case that you need to set Google as your home page, and as your default search engine.

To set your home page, first navigate to the page you want to use as your home page (in this case, Google), then click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, click “Internet Options” then click the “Use Current” button.

To remove Bing from your list of search engines, click the gear icon, then click “Manage Add-ons”. Click on “Search Providers” in the left column, click on “Bing” in the right column and click the “Remove” button



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