Devlish
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How do I remove bing & what update added it?

I have reset the search provider, removed add ons, hacked the registry and tried editing the host file. I have removed bing from my search list I just get one called search the web that sends me to bing. I have tried every suggestion on the web. I would like to know if anyone at microsoft knows which update I installed that added bing so I can uninstall the update and get my browser back from bing.

I am using Vista Ultimate and IE7. I do not allow auto update so it was an important or recommended update. I guess I can remove all updates and start one by one but I am hoping I might get an answer.
Devlish
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SpiritX,

First of all thank you for trying to answer this. I have tried everything on the list you just gave me it all worked until I restarted the computer.

I finally got it on my own this morning before seeing your post. I edited the hosts file and used spybot S&D  to lock the hosts file as read only instead of just editing it this time. So far two restarts. It says search the web but instead of going to bing it goes to google.

I added the following lines to my hosts file.

74.125.127.100 www.bing.com
74.125.127.100 bing.com

Then I opened Spybot S&D in advanced mode went to tools/IE tweaks and locked the host file.

I found the instructions for the hosts file here.
http://www.fettesps.com/?p=232

I hope this helps anyone else who has trouble with bing reloading itself all the time.

And thank you both for the help again. I just wish it has been that simple to make the fix stay.

SpiritX MS MVP
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IE - TOOLS - Internet Options - Advanced Tab - RESET

Close and restart IE - set Search provider as you wish.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/searchguide/en-en/default.mspx

Change Default Search Provider
http://malektips.com/internet_explorer_7_0005.html

More than you need but a tip on where it is in registry

http://blog.stevienova.com/2006/11/07/ie7-adding-default-search-provider-through-the-windows-registry/

You could also do this from another computer to correct your list.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/03/04/export-save-migrate-or-transfer-ie7-search-providers-list/


Rob - Supporting Member, Cascade Bicycle Club P.O. Box 15165 Seattle, WA. 98115-0165 206-522-3222 and 24 hr hotline 206-522-BIKE http://www.cascade.org  
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
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If you want to use a different search provider, you'll need to add it.  Then you can remove the bing search provider.  What search provider do you want to use?
Steve Hebert - Microsoft MVP, Internet Explorer
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Steve thank your for the response.

I have set the search to google both through the drop down next to the search box in IE7 and through internet options. I make google the default. I usually remove search the web or bing (they both take me to bing). That stays until I restart the computer. The first time I open internet explorer after a restart the mouse icon runs like a program is running in the background and then bing is back.

I found by accident a place to remove the reference to bing . I remove bing that way and can't find my way back. That is when I got search the web rather than bing directing me to the bing site for search. This is extremely frustrating. I just built this PC and installed 50 or so updates the same day. That is when the BHO for bing was installed by microsoft in the the updates as far as I can tell.

I have not added new software since updating. Running updates is the last step for me in a new build. I have run 3 different spyware/bot checks with 3 different programs and find nothing. I went through the list of add-ons that run without permission and I can't find it there but I don't know what all those do yet.

I am running out of options. I really don't wan't to upgrade to IE8 because it takes extensive registry hacking to get it to perform the way I want it to so I put off going back to IE8.  I guess if nothing fixes this in IE7 I'll try IE8 but I suspect the same BHO will be installed by microsoft again. I am sorry they are so desperate to promote bing. I see this everywhere in a ton of forums. Some people get it fixed I am trying everything and nothing is working permanently. Any further ideas are welcome.
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IE - TOOLS - Internet Options - Advanced Tab - RESET

Close and restart IE - set Search provider as you wish.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/searchguide/en-en/default.mspx

Change Default Search Provider
http://malektips.com/internet_explorer_7_0005.html

More than you need but a tip on where it is in registry

http://blog.stevienova.com/2006/11/07/ie7-adding-default-search-provider-through-the-windows-registry/

You could also do this from another computer to correct your list.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/03/04/export-save-migrate-or-transfer-ie7-search-providers-list/


Rob - Supporting Member, Cascade Bicycle Club P.O. Box 15165 Seattle, WA. 98115-0165 206-522-3222 and 24 hr hotline 206-522-BIKE http://www.cascade.org  
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
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SpiritX,

First of all thank you for trying to answer this. I have tried everything on the list you just gave me it all worked until I restarted the computer.

I finally got it on my own this morning before seeing your post. I edited the hosts file and used spybot S&D  to lock the hosts file as read only instead of just editing it this time. So far two restarts. It says search the web but instead of going to bing it goes to google.

I added the following lines to my hosts file.

74.125.127.100 www.bing.com
74.125.127.100 bing.com

Then I opened Spybot S&D in advanced mode went to tools/IE tweaks and locked the host file.

I found the instructions for the hosts file here.
http://www.fettesps.com/?p=232

I hope this helps anyone else who has trouble with bing reloading itself all the time.

And thank you both for the help again. I just wish it has been that simple to make the fix stay.

SpiritX MS MVP
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Glad you worked it out, however the issue is not really fixed. And using IE8 SpyBot causes
some issues itself. Whatever made the change is still likely to be on your system.

You could make the Hosts file read only (and hidden) without using Spybot.

http://techblissonline.com/make-hosts-file-in-windows-read-only/

http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-vista/edit-the-windows-vista-hosts-file/

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/107890-read-only-file-folder-attribute.html

You probably have an ADDON or ACCELERATOR that sets it to BING

Use this to check and remove BHO's

http://securityxploded.com/bhoremover.php

Check in IE - TOOLS - Manage Addons also

Windows Defender - Software Explorer - Check the various categories and programs in them.

Keep the links I provided handy Just In Case.

Side note :

Using a host file to block ads also causes slow down issues in vista and xp, and you have to alter the DNS Server which might not work well for many who travel with their systen and/or use networks. If using IE 8 it is better to have InPrivate Filtering to run all the time and use it to block ads.

How to Use Ad Blocking in IE8
http://www.ithinkdiff.com/how-to-use-ad-blocking-in-ie-8/

How To Keep InPrivate Filtering Enabled Forever - ON - AUTO - MANUAL

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/221704-internet-explorer-8-inprivate-filtering-keep.html

Once in a while I have to use the little ICON on left of + in bottom right corner of IE to turn off InPrivate Filtering.

Also recommend using SmartScreen Filter in IE 8 - Safety - Check Smart Screen Filter.

Now it you really want to add some punch to most any security setup use this :
 
Prevx - Home (Free) - works with most other programs and adds superior CLOUD protection.
http://www.prevx.com/freescan.asp

Review from PCMag - Editors Choice
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346862,00.asp

Good luck!


Rob - Supporting Member, Cascade Bicycle Club P.O. Box 15165 Seattle, WA. 98115-0165 206-522-3222 and 24 hr hotline 206-522-BIKE http://www.cascade.org  
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Steve H [aka sjh_vt or smah]
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I've tested and had no trouble removing the Bing search provider on Vista+IE7 and Vista+IE8.  It stayed removed after multiple reboots.  I would suggest that you manually add the most recent version of both Bing and whatever else you want from http://www.ieaddons.com/en/searchproviders.  Set the other (google or whatever) as the default.  Then remove Bing.
Steve Hebert - Microsoft MVP, Internet Explorer
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I have this problem on XP/IE8.  You all say "select a different search provider and remove Bing" but that doesn't work, because highlighting GOOGLE and hitting MAKE DEFAULT does NOTHING.  Highlignting Bing GRAYS OUT the DELETE button.

that's why we're so mad!!!!!
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@Wa4hrk

I have to agree with you. What really makes me pissed off is that unless there is a virus lurking at microsoft update, microsoft added the browser add on, bho, or other bit of programming that does this. I think I went beyond mad to frustrated and resigned.

Did you try the trick a couple posts back of using notepad to add lines to the hosts file? The site I found it at has good directions on how to fix it. If you use their instructions remember not to use the line numbers erase 1. from the first line. 2. from the second line. That and using Spybot to lock the hosts file as read only worked for me.

@SpiritX

Thank you again!!!

 That is really alot of great information. I still like having the hosts file locked and I still use Spybot but I am very glad to have all the options and the help tracking down the accelerator or add-on that is the problem.

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this really a waste of time cause bing is part of windows and cant be deleted just stop using it bing took over windows search so just stop using
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please excuse my typing   but i found a way to get around changing bing as a search provider on ie8 search pane.   all u need to do is install google toolbar on ur computer  then change ur provider when it loads      when u get the google search installed   change the default from bing to google.  make goolgle ur default and delete bing from ur provider list.   after u do that   then go to ur add and remove and find the google toolbar  and delet it   you now have google back as ur search provider  it woked for me   lol    good luck 
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