Border line "Am I infected? I think this "BING" search engine showed up after MSN changed its format or so it seems, 'Net suggests several ways to remove or delete it (I use a far less visible and nosey search engine than it or Google), but none of the suggestions has gotten rid of "BING" so far. Then there's a more recent search that calls "BING" a virus.
When searching for suspicious files, new malware or malware removal assistance (and removal guides) on the Internet, it is not unusual to find numerous hits from untrustworthy and scam sites which mis-classify detections or provide misleading information
. This is deliberately done more as a scam
to entice folks into buying an advertised fix or removal tool. In some cases if the fix is a free download, users may be enticed to download a malicious file or be redirected to a malicious web site. In other cases you are referred to contact the site's Tech Support for assistance which is only provided for a fee. Do not follow such advice or download any removal tools from unknown or untrusted web sites
is Microsoft's web search engine. Bing replaced Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search and is marketed as an alternative to Google.
* About Bing
* How Microsoft Bing Works
* Bing Versus Google: Search Engine Showdown
* Bing vs. Google: Which Search Engine is Best?Bing Bar
is a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer developed by Microsoft which uses Microsoft Silverlight technology to provide access to Bing search engine and to content from all MSN channels. Bing Bar is available for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
and can be downloaded and installed using Windows Update or directly from the bingtoolbar.com
Unfortunately, the Bing Bar also has been found bundled
with other free third-party software you download from the Internet (often without the knowledge or consent of the user). Bundled packages can often be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware
, pop-up ads
, browser hijacking
which may change your home page and search engine, and user profile corruption
. As such many of them are classified as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
and do not fall into the same categories as viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits and bots.