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I wrote this article to help you remove BingProvidedSearch Virus. This BingProvidedSearch Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

BingProvidedSearch is a hijacker. The shady program is built around deception. As evidenced by its name, it imitates Bing. The trick is that the software optimizes the results brought by the established search engine. There is no merit to this statement. BingProvidedSearch has no association affiliation with Bing. The program is considered malicious because it makes unauthorized changes to the web browser’s settings and performs unauthorized tasks. The activity of the hijacker can lead to personal and system security compromises. Your machine and your private data will be exposed to risks.

The BingProvidedSearch hijacker resets the homepage and default search engine. It will try to make you believe that it is helping you improve your browsing sessions. Supposedly, your results will be brought by Bing. In reality, the hijacker will bring you supported results which may be unrelated to your search queries. More importantly, they may lead to compromised websites. The developers of BingProvidedSearch agree to promote the platforms of all paying parties. They do not bother to run security checks. As it stands, any of the supported search results could turn out to be dangerous. It is best to withhold your searches until you are able to remove the hijacker from your system.

Up until this point, we only covered the issue around keyword web searches. We have yet to explain how BingProvidedSearch affects other aspects of the browsing sessions. The hijacker is capable of opening new browser windows and tabs. This will happen a lot. In parallel, the shady program will embed ads into the web pages you access. The types of advertisements you will be presented include banners, freebies, coupon boxes, in-text links, contextual, interstitial, transitional, inline, contextual, floating, and comparison ads. Your screen will be flooded with proposals for different commodities, such as clothes, accessories, technological appliances, furniture, decorations, gardening equipment, sports gear, games, toys, and other items.

The shopping listings may be enticing and they might look legitimate, but in reality they are neither. They serve as a tool for BingProvidedSearch. The covert program places misleading titles to garner people’s attention. There is no guarantee that the ads would lead to shopping websites, featuring the listed goods. Just like the bogus search results, they could link to infected domains. Following them would be a security risk. There is no point in taking unnecessary risks, so we advise you to stick to confirmed websites. Furthermore, you should take action against the hijacker. Apart from exposing users to security risk, the rogue program poses a threat with a task of its own. It tracks the browsing sessions and collects information on people. It can collect and sell your personal and financial data.

The best way to deal with malware like BingProvidedSearch is prevention. The intruder needs your assistance to gain entry to your system. It has ways of requesting people’s permission without them noticing. The first deceptive technique is bundling. This is a common trick which has proven to be effective because of users’ negligence. You might think that reading the terms and conditions of the programs you install to your computer is redundant, but this is not the case. It is essential to inform yourself about the clauses you are agreeing to. It should also be noted that the download client will only list the option for an extra tool in the custom mode. Make sure you select this option. Avoiding unlicensed and pirated programs will reduce the risk to a minimum.

Spam emails can act as a host for BingProvidedSearch in a similar manner. Rather than the message itself, the hijacker will be packed with an attachment to it. The sender will explain that the appended file is an important piece of documentation and instruct you to read it right away. If you open it, the concealed program will be transferred to your system. Before following instructions from electronic letters, you should confirm their reliability. To do so, check the contact information. Another way to transfer BingProvidedSearch is through drive-by installations. This is the most facilitated means of them all. It is possible to insert the payload of a program in a website and set it to start its download and install when accessed. If you have any doubts about an unfamiliar website, do your research.

BingProvidedSearch Virus Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove BingProvidedSearch Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov

Daniel Stoyanov has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.

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