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How to remove Bing from Chrome and reset the default search engine

While browsing your favorite website on Chrome, if you noticed that the browser’s default search engine changed from your favorite search engine to Bing without your knowledge, don’t worry, you are not alone.


This can happen when malicious web extensions or plugins infiltrate Chrome, modify its settings and set Bing as the default search engine. This issue can be frustrating, especially when you rely heavily on your favorite search engine for your internet searches, but are continually redirected to Bing instead.

Here we will see how to remove Bing from Chrome and set your preferred search engine back to default.


How is Bing automatically set as the default search engine?

One of the possible reasons is that you may have recently installed some free software from the Internet. This might have come with a pre-checked option to set Bing as the default search engine.

Another reason could be that a malicious extension or app may have changed your Chrome browser settings. Usually, such malicious programs get installed in your computer when you click on fake ads or pop-up links. These advertising programs change your Chrome settings to generate revenue for developers by redirecting your search queries to Bing via sponsored links.

Another possible explanation may be that you or someone else may have manually changed your default search engine to Bing. Alternatively, you may have already used another browser, like Firefox or Microsoft Edge, and imported your settings from there to Chrome, including the default search engine like Bing.

1. Reset default search engine in Chrome settings

The first and the most recommended way to remove Bing from Chrome and reset your default search engine is to do it from Chrome settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three dot menu icon in the upper right corner.
  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Settings.
  3. On the Settings page, go to Search engine tab from the left.
  4. Expand the drop-down menu next to Search engine used in the address bar and select your preferred search engine from the list.
  5. Then click on Manage search engines and site search below.
  6. Scroll down and under the Search Engine heading, click the three points next to your choice of search engine, for example, Google.
  7. Click on the Default option.

Following the above steps would reset your search engine from Bing to the one you chose. However, sometimes the search engine may automatically be set to Bing again. To fix this problem, you need to completely remove Bing from Google Chrome‘s search engine list.

2. Remove Bing from Chrome’s search engine list

If the method mentioned above does not work and you still see Bing as the default search engine in Chrome, try removing it from the list completely. Here’s how:

  1. Launch Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Settings in the drop-down menu.
  3. On the Settings page, navigate to Search engine from the left.
  4. Click on Manage search engines and site search.
  5. Look for Bing under the heading Search engine and click on the three vertical dots icon next to it.
  6. Choose the Wipe off list option.
  7. Validate by clicking on the Delete button at the prompt.

Similarly, by following the above steps, you can remove any other suspicious or non-essential search engines from the list.

3. Uninstall suspicious extensions from Chrome

If you still can’t reset your default search engine in Chrome, it’s possible that a malicious extension is preventing you from doing so. In such a case, the best solution would be to remove all suspicious and unnecessary extensions from your browser. Here are the steps for that:

  1. Click on the three dot menu icon in the upper right corner of Chrome.
  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, select More tools so what Extensions from the list.
  3. On the Extensions page, find any suspicious or unknown extension and remove it by clicking the Remove button next to it.
  4. If you’re unsure about an extension, you can temporarily disable it by toggling the Enabled switch next to it.

Once you have removed all unwanted extensions, restart Chrome and check if the issue is resolved.

4. Run the Chrome anti-malware scan

If Bing is still on Chrome, malware might have infiltrated your system and caused the problem. In this case, you can use the built-in Chrome Cleanup Tool to scan and remove any malware from your system. Here’s how:

  1. Open Chrome, type chrome://settings/cleaning in the address bar and press Walk in.
  2. On the Chrome cleanup page, click the To find button.
  3. Chrome will now scan your system for any malware and if it finds any, it will be listed.
  4. Click it Remove next to the malware name to remove it from your system.
  5. Restart your Chrome browser and check if the issue is resolved.

5. Clear cache or cookies in Chrome

If you still can’t remove Bing from Chrome, clearing cache and cookies in Chrome might help. Here’s how:

  1. Open Chrome, type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the address bar and press Walk in.
  2. In the Clear browsing data window that appears, select the time range as All the time in the drop-down menu.
  3. Now select all the options under the Wipe data heading and click on the Erase data button.
  4. Restart your Chrome browser and check if the issue is resolved.

6. Reset Chrome to Default Settings

A final option is to reset Chrome to its default settings. This will remove any changes you’ve made to your browser, including any that may be causing the problem. Here’s how:

  1. Open Chrome, type chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings in the address bar and press Enter.
  2. In the reset settings window that appears, you will see a confirmation pop-up. Click on the Reset button.
  3. Restart your Chrome browser and check if the issue is resolved.

This will reset your Chrome browser to its default settings and hopefully fix the problem.

How to stay safe from unauthorized Bing redirect in the future

Now that you know how to remove Bing from Chrome, it is also important to take preventive measures to prevent your browser from being hijacked again. Here are some tips for that.

1. Keep your browser and extensions up to date

One of the main reasons your browser gets hijacked is that it is not updated to the latest version. Likewise, any outdated extension or app can also be a security risk. That’s why it’s important to keep your browser and all installed extensions updated to the latest version.

2. Install extensions from trusted sources only

Another reason your browser gets hijacked is that you installed an extension from an untrusted source. That’s why it’s important to only install extensions from trusted sources.

You can also check an extension’s reviews and ratings before installing it.

Clicking on suspicious links or pop-ups is another way your browser can be hijacked. That’s why you should always be careful what you click on when you’re online.

If you see a suspicious pop-up window, do not click on it. Also, if you receive an email containing a suspicious link, do not click on it.

You can try switching to another browser

The fixes mentioned above should help you remove Bing from Chrome. However, you can try switching to another browser if the problem persists. There are many good browsers available that you can use instead of Chrome. Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari are among the most popular.