What is Bing Redirect
Bing Redirect is an application, which poses as a normal browser extension. In reality, it is a malicious software from the browser hijacker category. As soon as it gains access to every browser available on your Mac, it will start performing numerous modifications, like changing your homepage, adding new add-ons, toolbars, extensions, as well as producing a large amount of aggressive advertisements. Do not undermine Bing Redirect‘s existence on your device! You need to remove Bing redirect from your Mac as soon as possible, so it doesn’t get the chance to steal sensitive data, or infect your computer with other parasites.
How it is distributed
Typically, browser hijackers spread via freeware, software bundles, email attachments, infected ads, torrent files, and fake update messages. Some users are rushing to complete an installation, and they barely read what they actually install on their computers. Often, they miss the existence of additional software included in the installer, and unknowingly install shady content along with the program they actually want. In order to make sure such thing doesn’t happen, you should opt for a Custom/Advanced type of installation, so you are able to see if there are any optional installations. If you find any, uncheck the boxes next to them, so they don’t get automatically installed without your knowledge.
How it operates
Bing Redirect is not associated with the official Bing.com search engine, which is a legitimate website. The Bing Redirect hijacker may replace your homepage and preferred search engine with one that looks suspiciously like the real Bing site, or redirect your Google searches to Bing results. As we already mentioned, this browser hijacker will flood your screen will all sorts of intrusive adverts – banners, pop-ups, alert messages. But that’s not all. The generated sponsored content will be specifically designed to be as attractive to you as possible. How? Well, the parasite will monitor your online activity and collect web data like frequently visited pages and search queries. This strategy is working very well for the hijacker, since it raises its chances to benefit from the pay-per-click scheme. Unfortunately, this data may not be the only one stolen from the hijacker. Private information such as IP addresses, bank accounts, credit card numbers, passwords, etc. may also fall into the hands of cyber criminals and even get share with other dubious third-parties. As a consequence of the heavy adverts being generated on a daily basis, and the parasite’s overall malicious behavior, your browser will become unresponsive to your actions. Even your internet speed may decrease. The only way to regain control over your browser and protect your online privacy, is by removing Bing Redirect from your Mac!
Staying safe from Bing Redirect
Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:
- Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
- Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
- Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
- It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
- No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
- Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.
How to manually remove Bing Redirect browser hijacker from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Bing Redirect hijacker, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.
3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.
4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.
5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Bing Redirect. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.
6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.
7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Bing Redirect from your Mac browsers.
For Mozilla Firefox extensions:
- Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
- Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.
For Google Chrome extensions:
- Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
- Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.
For Safari extensions:
- Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
- Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.