Browser keeps opening to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=219472&clcid=0x409

I am on Windows 8 Pro with Media Center x64.
Recently, a browser window starts opening to the following URL very frequently: 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. It is very annoying. Someone had a same issue but wan't solved for a month.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-networking/clean-install-browser-windows-keep-opening-to/99c3f698-e996-4fa2-a6cf-c3d90aa5c8e9
Any solutions?

Note: I do not wish to switch user accounts, refresh the system, or lose any data.

Hi Tony,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community. The issue you have reported is that you are being redirected to Bing.com. We need more information to assist you in a better way.

1.      When exactly do you get redirected to Bing?

2.      Do you get any error before getting redirected?

3.      Are you facing the issue when you are online?

 

Please follow these steps and check if this helps.

Method 1: Check in Clean Boot.

Step 1:

a) Press the ‘Windows + R’ key on the keyboard.
b) In the ‘Run’ windows type ’MSCONFIG’ and click ‘Ok’.
c) Click the ‘Boot’ tab and uncheck ‘Safe Boot’ option (if checked).
d) On the ‘General’ tab, click to select the option ‘Selective startup’, and then click to clear the option Load startup items check box.
e) On the ‘Services’ tab, click to select the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ check box, and then click ‘Disable all’.
f) On the ‘StartUp’ tab, click ‘Open Task Manager’. In the Task Manager window under startup tab, right click on each startup item which are enabled and select ‘Disable’.
f) Click ‘OK’, and then click Restart.

Step 2:
Note:
After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps to boot to normal startup.
a) Press the ‘Windows + R’ key on the keyboard.
b) In the ‘Run’ windows type ’MSCONFIG’ and click ‘Ok’.
c) On the ‘General’ tab, click the ‘Normal Startup’ option, and then click ‘OK’.
d) When you are prompted to restart the computer, click ‘Restart’.

Method 2: Run Virus Scan.

Run Safety Scanner.

            Please refer the link for assistance.

                        http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx  

Note: Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

Also if the email prompted you to reply with any kind of personal information, not to give any information as that is definitely a scam.

Method 3: If you are facing the issue when you are online. You may try in No Add-on mode.

To manage add-ons

a)     Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.

b)     Tap or click the Tools button, and then tap or click Manage add-ons.

c)      Under Show, tap or click All add-ons, and then do one of the following:

·         To disable an add-on, tap or click it, and then tap or click Disable.

·         To enable an add-on, tap or click it, and then tap or click Enable.

d)     Tap or click Close.

 You may refer the link below:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/internet-explorer/manage-add-ons#ie=ie-10

Hope this helps. Please get back to us with the information so that we can help in with the correct resolution.

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Hi Tony,

I had a similar problem as described in:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-networking/windows-8-goes-to-bing-by-itself-all-the-time/386e9a25-8149-4ee6-84b4-65332022c2a7


So try to disable 'Network List Service'.
I'm still waiting for a reply from MS.

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i'm not angry, but this is my thought.


did you and your friends always answer any kind of questions with that similiar answers?


seriously, i'm losing hope with this microsoft's VERY OWN forum when it comes to answering problem.


it's always just same pattern of answers all the time.

that's general check up not the detail answer.


i saw too many answers like that in this microsoft forum, in many problems.

okay, sorry if it's hurt.

but that's my thought.



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you know what?

sometimes, many forum or blog outside could REALLY solves the problem.

not that kind of some "general checkup" answers.


like this one:

http://computerworldblog4u.blogspot.com/2013/02/preventing-bing-page-popping-on-windows.html

a little more Googling could help.

(sorry not Bing, because Bing made a lame attempt opening bing.com every 60 s after connecting to network, it is lame, just like another fishy softwares out there) 

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This page will be opened when the Microsoft NCSI Service thinks you need to login in the public wifi network, I'm getting it every time when I go to coffee shop it redirects to the login page.

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After some research I found anybody can make one of these flinks it is used on web sites for advertisements to take you to their sites, If you look in your registry and search for fwlink you will find 10 to a hundred embedded in your registry that are part of a .dll or other parts of a program installed by an app or program. 

This particular fwlink=219472 came after a Microsoft update and I had one last year in October. What would happen is after startup my Chrome browser would popup to the MSN home page without the https:// in front but before that you would see first "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=219472&clcid=0x409" on the address bar with MSN home page but then in a flash you are at MSN with a different address bar that is not secure. If you do a fresh install of windows 8 the home page default will be "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255141" an insecure site.

First all Anti Spyware/Malware will not alert to this fwlink stuff because they do not know if it is a real link that a program uses to get home info to a customer or a redirect by a web site to have all your web traffic go through an unknown server to mine it for advertisements or capture passwords to web sites and other info you send.

The auto pop up of my browser whether IE or Chrome or Firefox to MSN home page, which is not my home page, with out my selection of it was baffling. After some searching if you take Bing off the search engine list the problem goes away!!!! BUT the issue that remains is who or what program installed it. Only if you restart your system over and over till you can get the redirect address bar with the redirect number in this case 219472 and search your registry from end to end and find it and check the .dll or whatever other link and then check which program you installed that it was part of so as to uninstall it.

The other problem is when you go searching for a solution on sites people log in and say there is nothing wrong it is just the way things work!!

As long as Microsoft keeps MSN and Bing (default search engine) as a home page and it is not your home page then you know you have an infection of some sort! And to solve it take the Bing search engine off the list of search engines in your browser/s. But to go in depth search your registry for LinkId= (whatever is in the address bar) and investigate to the program.

Lastly I found Google does the same thing with a redirect that takes you through their severs with the secure https and this maybe just Bing's way to data mine your traffic for advertisers.

And again Microsoft please stop the browser from popping up with out selection and some how post the https site without the redirect going through your servers so we can make it home page if WE want it!!!!! 

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