How To Stop Bing From Opening At Startup And Chrome On Windows 10, 11

Google is the most popular and most efficient search engine. While it wasn’t the first, it is unlikely that anyone would still use any search engines that came before it. Why?

Because it knocked them out of the park, that’s why.

Google has not had significant competition in over 10 years because it is super-efficient and simple to use. Compared to Bing with 23%, Google is used for over 64% of all searches. And while Bing has its problems, Google is next to flawless.

A common problem with Bing is that it continuously pops up when you don’t want it to. This article covers all you need to know about how to stop Bing from opening at startup and chrome or other browsers.

How To Stop Bing From Opening At Startup

To stop Bing from opening at startup;

  1. Press the ctrl, shift, and Esc keys or right-click on the start button from your Windows taskbar and select Task Manager from the options to open Task Manager
  2. Select Startup from the options at the top
  3. Find Bing on the list, right-click on it and select Disable

You should also remove any Bing apps from your computer to stop Bing from opening at startup. Simply launch Settings and go to Apps & features, find and tap on Bing from the list and select Uninstall.

How To Stop Bing From Opening On Chrome

To stop Bing from opening in chrome;

  1. Launch Chrome
  2. Tap the menu icon(three dots) at the top right corner
  3. Select Settings from the options displayed
  4. Find and select On startup from the options on the left
  5. Select the Open a specific page or set of pages option
  6. If Bing is listed under it, right-click on Bing and select Remove

Method 2:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above
  2. Find and select Search engine from the options on the left
  3. Tap the option next to Search engine used in the address bar to reveal the dropdown
  4. Select Google or any other search engine asides from Bing
  5. Next, click on the Manage search engines and site search option
  6. On the list of search engines, find Bing and click on the three dots icon next to it
  7. Select Delete

Method 3:

  1. Launch Chrome
  2. Tap the menu icon(three dots) at the top right corner
  3. Choose Settings from the options displayed
  4. Find and select Reset and clean up from the options on the left
  5. Click on the Restore settings to their original defaults option
  6. You should see a pop-up
  7. Click on Reset settings to finish

NOTE: If you still see Bing on chrome after resetting, you should scan for malware and virus on your computer.

How To Remove Bing From Microsoft Edge

To remove Bing from Microsoft edge;

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge
  2. Tap the menu icon(three dots) at the top right corner of the browser
  3. Select Settings from the options displayed
  4. Select Privacy, search, and services from the options on the left
  5. Scroll down to the Services section
  6. Click on Address bar and search at the bottom
  7. Locate Search engine used in the address bar and click on the option next to it to reveal a dropdown
  8. Select Google or your preferred search engine instead of Bing from the options displayed
  9. Click on the option next to Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar to reveal a dropdown
  10. Select Address bar instead or Search box
  11. Finally, click on Manage search engines
  12. Find Bing on the list, click on the three dots icon next to it and select Remove
  13. Relaunch Microsoft Edge

How To Stop Bing From Opening On Mac

Use the steps in this article to remove Bing or switch the default search engine in your web browser

1.     Remove any suspicious or unknown apps from Login items;

  1. Navigate to Apple menu > System preferences
    1. Select Users & Groups from the options displayed
    1. Click on the Login Items tab at the top
    1. On the left side of the display, check that your username is highlighted under Current user
    1. Check the recently added apps; if any is unknown or looks suspicious, tap on it and click the icon at the bottom to disable it
    1. Restart your Mac

2.     Remove any suspicious or unknown extensions from your browser;

  1. On Safari;
    1. Launch Safari
    1. Navigate to Safari > Preferences > Extensions
    1. Select the suspicious or unknown extension from the left and click on Uninstall
    1. On Chrome;
      1. Launch Chrome
      1. Click the three dots icon at the top right corner and navigate to More Tools > Extensions
      1. You should see all the installed extensions
      1. Simply click on Remove to delete any suspicious or unknown one
    1. On Firefox:
      1. Launch Firefox
      1. Click on the three-line icon at the top right corner and navigate to Add-ons > Extensions
      1. Find any suspicious or unknown extension, click on the three-dot icon next to it and select Remove

3.     Remove unknown apps or those you don’t use;

  1. Go to Finder > Applications
    1. Find any app you don’t use, right-click on it, and select Move to Trash

4.     Remove suspicious or unknown processes from Activity Monitor;

  1. Navigate to Finder > Go > Utilities > Activity Monitor
    1. Find and click on any suspicious or unknown process
    1. Tap the x icon in the top left corner to stop it from running

5.     Remove other suspicious or unknown files;

  1. Go to Finder > Go > Go to Folder
    1. Copy and paste the path /Library/LaunchAgents
    1. Find any suspicious or unknown file, right-click on it, and select Move to Trash
    1. Copy and paste the path /Library/LaunchDaemons
    1. Find any suspicious or unknown file, right-click on it, and select Move to Trash
    1. Copy and paste the path /Library/Application Support
    1. Find any suspicious or unknown file, right-click on it, and select Move to Trash

6.     Restore browser to factory default;

  1. On Safari;
    1. Navigate to Finder > Go to Finder
    1. Copy and paste the path ~/Library/Preferences/
    1. Find the com.apple.Safari.plist file, right click on it and select Move to Trash
    1. Copy and paste the path ~/Library/Safari/
    1. Delete everything except the Bookmarks.plist file
    1. On Chrome:
      1. Launch Chrome
      1. Tap the three-dot icon at the top right corner
      1. Select Settings > Advanced > Reset settings > Reset settings to their original defaults > Reset settings
    1. On Firefox:
      1. Press and hold the Option key while you launch Firefox
      1. Select Refresh Firefox to reset

7.     Clear cache from Safari;

  1. Launch Safari
    1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced
    1. Check Show Develop menu in menu bar
    1. Go back and click on Develop from the top menu
    1. Select Empty caches from the options
    1. Next, click on History from the top menu
    1. Select Clear History > Clear History
    1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Privacy > Manage Website Data > Remove All > Done
    1. Relaunch Safari

8.     Empty trash;

  1. Control-click the Trash icon in the dock
    1. Select Empty Trash > Empty Trash

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How To Remove Bing From Firefox

To remove Bing from Firefox;

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Click on the menu icon(three horizontal lines) at the top right corner
  3. Select Add-ons and themes and click on Extensions from the options on the left
  4. Find any Bing extensions, click on the three dots icon next to it and select Remove
  5. Close the tab and repeat step 2 above
  6. Select Settings > Search
  7. Under Default Search Engine, click on the dropdown icon next to the search engine option
  8. Select your preferred engine
  9. Restart the browser

Read also: How to Stop Chrome from Opening New Tabs When You Click Links

How To Stop Bing From Opening In Safari

To stop Bing from opening in Safari;

  1. Launch Safari
  2. Clear browser history and cache;
    1. Launch Safari
    1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced
    1. Check Show Develop menu in menu bar
    1. Go back and click on Develop from the top menu
    1. Select Empty caches from the options
    1. Next, click on History from the top menu
    1. Select Clear History > Clear History
    1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Privacy > Manage Website Data > Remove All > Done
  3. Remove unknown or suspicious extensions;
    1. Launch Safari
    1. Navigate to Safari > Preferences > Extensions
    1. Select the suspicious or unknown extension from the left and click on Uninstall
  4. Navigate to Safari > Preferences > Search
  5. Select your preferred search engine
  6. Relaunch Safari

How Do I Stop Bing From Hijacking My Browser?

To stop Bing from hijacking your browser, you should;

  1. Follow the steps in this article for your particular browser
  2. Ensure that new tabs do not open Bing
  3. Check the settings of your browser to ensure your preferred search engine is selected
  4. Remove or delete Bing from the list of search engines
  5. Check that you don’t have any unknown extensions or apps installed

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How To Remove Bing Web Searches From Windows 11 Search Tool

To remove Bing web searches from Windows 11 search tool;

  1. In the Windows 11 search tool, type Registry Editor
  2. Select Run as administrator from the search result to open the Registry Editor app
  3. Copy and paste the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer into the address bar at the top, then tap the enter key
  4. On the left side of the display, right-click on the highlighted option – which should be Explorer
  5. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  6. Type in DisableSearchBoxSuggestions to be the name of the file and tap the enter key or click on any free space in the display
  7. Next, double tap the DisableSearchBoxSuggestions file you just created
  8. You should see a pop-up, type in 1 under Value data
  9. Tap OK to save
  10. Again, copy and paste the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search into the address bar and tap the enter key
  11. From the options on the right, fins and double tap BingSearchEnabled
  12. You should see a pop-up, type in 0 instead of 1 under Value data
  13. Restart your PC

NOTE: From step 3 above, after opening the path, if you don’t see Explorer highlighted from the options on the right, follow the steps below;

  1. Copy and paste the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows into the address bar
  2. You should see Windows highlighted. Right-click on it and select New > Key
  3. Type in Explorer as the name of the new key and tap enter
  4. Continue from step 4 above

Method 2:

  1. In the Windows 11 search tool, type Group Policy Editor and open the app suggested
  2. You should now see the Local Group Policy Editor window opened
  3. From the options on the right, double tap Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Do not allow web search
  4. Select Enabled from the top left corner and click OK
  5. Double tap Don’t search the web or display web results in Search
  6. Select Enabled and click OK
  7. Restart your PC

Conclusion

Follow the steps in this article to stop Bing from opening at startup and chrome or other browsers. You can also find out how to remove Bing completely from your Windows 10, 11, and Mac OS from this article.