Clean Install - browser windows keep opening to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=219472&clcid=0x409

I just did an installation of windows 8 to a fresh hard drive. Intermittently, a browser window will opening to the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=219472&clcid=0x409. This quickly redirects to bing.com. This seems to happen randomly every few minutes or so. If I didn't know better, I would think that I had a virus or something, but that seems highly unlikely considering all I did was install windows 8 to a empty hard drive. Has anyone else had this problem? I am thinking about going back to windows 7, because the browser window opening up is pulling me out of whatever I was doing.
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Remove Bing from your Search Providers in IE/ Tools/ Manage Add-ons/ Search Providers.  You must have some Search Provider, so try Google.

http://www.iegallery.com/en-au/addons#/search

 

See what is listed in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features, and remove anything to do with Bing.

 

Have a look at the APPS page on the  Metro Start screen and right click on Bing and select Unistall to remove the Bing App.

 

How to uninstall an App in Windows 8
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/uninstall-an-app-in-windows-8/


Set your Home Page in IE.

 

Change your home page
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/internet-explorer/change-home-page#ie=ie-10

 

 

Bing Privacy Supplement
http://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/bing.mspx

 

 

 

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