This page is here to help you remove Bing.vc. This Bing.vc removal guide is suitable for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as all Windows versions.
This is described as a browser-hijacker and for this reason you should get rid of Bing.vc as soon as you can. The infection is usually delivered in a bundle of freeware such as popular video/ music players or PDF readers, though it can be inside spam e-mail attachments or fake pop-ups too. Once inside the system, it modifies settings to change the browser and alters the homepage and default search engine. This will cause the user much trouble and disruption surfing and can have even more serious implications. It’s not possible to restore settings to normal until you have managed to delete Bing.vc from your system. For this reason, it is also called a PUP (potentially unwanted program), though given the interference it can cause, this term is a little polite for this insidious infection.
Browser-hijackers have derived from adware applications – software written for intensive on-line marketing and distribution services, advertising and also facilitate the downloading of freeware samples to users who are supposedly interested, potential customers. The purpose of Bing.vc and other hijackers is to force-feed the user unwanted advertising. Money is made by middle-men for the amount of views of sponsor’s adverts they manage to foist on the user. With increased hits, the companies rise in search-engine rankings. Bing.vc does this by bombarding the target with pop-ups and banner ads, and by redirecting the browser to unsolicited commercial pages. These intermediaries also handle the platform for companies’ free-ware downloads (think of this as the distribution of sales samples). As these are bundled by the middlemen, it’s likely that other PUPs will be included in any further downloads – some of these even more damaging than the browser-thief. The other more worrying part of this software’s task is to monitor user behavior and preferences, supposedly for use in modeling advertising and marketing strategies. Apart from monitoring and reacting to your on-line behavior (as legitimate firms do annoyingly, though WITH the user’s knowledge and consent), there is no way to know just what is recorded or disclosed about the user, and for what end it will be used. For this reason alone it vital to uninstall Bing.vc.
It is important to remember that all browser hijackers are preventable. Infection from this one and other like it are most commonly associated with negligent download/install practices – installing a freeware bundle and everything in it by default, instead of examining the contents beforehand. This infection can also be hidden in fake adverts and spam e-mail attachments.
The risks associated with Bing.vc
- Hijack of a browser offers a vulnerability that is open to more virulent threats, and operators of this kind of software have often been linked to the use of other forms of malware;
- The increased traffic and advertising can lead to system fatigue and a possible browser crash;
- Download clients of this type and their ‘sites are not often registered, and so not monitored by regulatory bodies. Introduction of further malware could facilitate key-logging to record sensitive information such as passwords, pin or account numbers… resulting in financial/I.D theft;
- The browser-hijacker can record the entire specifications of an operating system, software installed and its configurations, I.P address and server/network data – all of this could provide a perfect map for a hacker to attack you.
If infected, see below for removal instructions. After you eradicate Bing.vc, prevent it or its variants from plaguing you again.
Bing.vc Homepage Hijacker Removal Instructions
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Bing.vc from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
3: Remove malicious attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the malware from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the threat from Regedit and Msconfig.
In order to get rid of Bing.vc, please refer to the following step-by-step removal instructions for each of your browsers. Please note that you also have to manually restore their desktop shortcuts to their original state.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Bing.vc hijacks the homepage of Chrome, Firefox and IE. Please, follow the guide precisely. If you miss some of the steps below, there is a chance that Bing.vc will come back at a later moment. Here are the steps you must follow to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove Bing.vc From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove Bing.vc 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).
Remove the Hijacker From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Preventing Bing.vc from installing again on your computer
Remember – all infections are preventable with good working practice and good security.
- Always use either Custom/Advanced installation option and go direct to the company website for downloads if possible. If the developers do not have the desired software there, then be suspicious…
- Don’t open attachments in unfamiliar e-mails, however convincing or friendly they may appear;
- Avoid clicking on pop-up links not recognized or requested;
- Always ensure you have the very latest version for browsers. Enable warnings for ‘site content if available;
- Install capable software for early warning of threats and to regularly monitor your system files.
To summarize: this software has no place in your system – it has no benefit, only nuisance value and potential threat – guard against Bing.vc and other hijackers. Infection can be prevented by proper prior planning, and putting some good security measures in place to guard against mistakes will give you insurance.
Still can not remove Bing.vc from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.