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Posted : admin On 1/31/2022

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.

The current situation

In 2020, browser hijackers are on the rise again, despite the ever-improving security protocols. According to security expert Adenike Cosgrove, it’s not only your browser that can easily be hijacked, but your entire account as well. As online streaming grows during the Coronavirus lockdown, thousands of hacked Netflix and Twitch accounts are being sold daily on the Dark Web. And clicking the wrong ad banner will easily get you there.

Protect your Mac from malware. MacOS has many features that help protect your Mac and your personal information from malicious software, or malware. One common way malware is distributed is by embedding it in a harmless-looking app. You can reduce this risk. Stopping a virus altogether involves searching your Mac pretty thoroughly to ensure all traces of the virus are gone. You should use malware-scanning software to help identify and eliminate viruses.

Mac users are just as vulnerable for adware attacks as Windows users. Have you heard of NewTab? This adware redirect virus has swarmed across the Mac world infecting 30 millions of Macs. Adware known as Bing belongs to the same family. So here’s your guide on how to get rid of Bing on your Mac.

Name

Bing redirect virus

CategorymacOS browser hijacker, adware redirect
Also known as

Win32:Malware-gen, Adware.Win32.DealPly

SymptomsLocks the default search engine, ad pop-ups
Infection method

Flash Player updater, torrents & covert installers

System damageInstalls malicious cookies, hijacks user privilege
RemovalCleanMyMac X anti-virus, Malwarebytes

What is Bing redirect virus

Bing redirect isn’t a virus per se. 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.

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.

Read on and we'll explain how to remove Bing from Chrome and other browsers.

How to remove Bing redirect virus automatically

Luckily, in 2020 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 like this:

How to destroy the Bing virus manually

There are several steps to manual 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

Reset homepage in Safari Preferences

Go to the Safari menu > Preferences > General.
Find the Homepage box and change what's written there to your preferred search engine.

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 browser extensions

Many users are asking how to stop redirects caused by Bing. One of the solutions is cutting down on your browser extensions. Even seemingly helpful extensions, like parcel trackers, could be covert vehicles for Bing.

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For 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

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How to remove Bing from Chrome extensions:

  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 extensions

  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 use.

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.

So what is Bing redirect essentially? For some it might be just a nuisance but what if it steals your credit card details? 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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Recap: A few quick answers

Why does my search engine keeps changing to Bing?
Most likely, you have unknowingly installed Bing virus as part of a software bundle. Best way to fix it is to use a dedicated antivirus.

How to stop Bing from opening at startup
Open your Login items on Mac and disable all non-essential items. As a nuclear option, fully delete and reinstall your browser that is affected by Bing.

How to change Bing to Google
You can reset your default search engine in Chrome > Settings > Search engine. That doesn’t delete parts of the virus that are still present in your system.

Frequently asked questions

How to find out your Mac is infected by Bing redirect?

Bing Redirect is a browser hijacker, which means it takes over your browser, whether it’s Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, and changes the homepage and default search engine. If your Mac’s infected with Bing redirect, you will likely see pop-ups, banners, and other intrusive ads in your browser.

How is Bing redirect related to the Bing search engine?

Bing is a legitimate search engine, which isn’t malicious at all. The creators of Bing redirect used the Bing brand name to trick users into downloading this PUP.

How does Bing redirect get into your Mac?

Bing redirect finds way on your Mac following the easiest pattern: it disguises itself as a third-party app. If you have installed some apps recently, Bing redirect could have been bundled with them. The next time you install an app, pay attention to installation steps to deselect the installation of third-party apps that can be malicious.

A phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender 'anti-virus' software to solve the issue.
This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes.
The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity.

Apple released a free software update (Security Update 2011-003) that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants.
The Resolution section below also provides step-by-step instructions on how to avoid or manually remove this malware.

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How to avoid installing this malware

If any notifications about viruses or security software appear, quit Safari or any other browser that you are using. If a normal attempt at quitting the browser doesn’t work, then Force Quit the browser.

In some cases, your browser may automatically download and launch the installer for this malicious software. If this happens, cancel the installation process; do not enter your administrator password. Delete the installer immediately using the steps below.

  1. Go into the Downloads folder, or your preferred download location.
  2. Drag the installer to the Trash.
  3. Empty the Trash.

How to remove this malware

If the malware has been installed, we recommend the following actions:

  • Do not provide your credit card information under any circumstances.
  • Use the Removal Steps below.

Removal steps

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  1. Move or close the Scan Window.
  2. Go to the Utilities folder in the Applications folder and launch Activity Monitor.
  3. Choose All Processes from the pop up menu in the upper right corner of the window.
  4. Under the Process Name column, look for the name of the app and click to select it; common app names include: MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector.
  5. Click the Quit Process button in the upper left corner of the window and select Quit.
  6. Quit Activity Monitor application.
  7. Open the Applications folder.
  8. Locate the app ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector or other name.
  9. Drag to Trash, and empty Trash.

Malware also installs a login item in your account in System Preferences. Removal of the login item is not necessary, but you can remove it by following the steps below.

  • Open System Preferences, select Accounts, then Login Items
  • Select the name of the app you removed in the steps above ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector
  • Click the minus button

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Use the steps in the “How to avoid installing this malware” section above to remove the installer from the download location.

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Note: Apple provides security updates for the Mac exclusively through Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads site. User should exercise caution any time they are asked to enter sensitive personal information online.