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Windows 7: How can I kill Bing forever?

20 Dec 2011   #11
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you uninstall Bing in Programs and Features it will not remove it from browser search options. This needs to be done manually after setting Google to default, then Remove Bing. Then tick the box to disallow suggesting Search option changes.
Well, it removes it from mine when I do it. I use Shark007's codecs that auto installs Bing's search add-on's and I remove it via Programs and Features.


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20 Dec 2011   #12
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobland View Post
Bing is not available in P&F. I haven't downloaded anything for the past month. This little "feature" popped up today for the first time, this time around. Generally, I am very wary of add-ons when I download because one can end up with a boat load of doody.

I notice that there is no way to uninstall IE. Looks like I was "given" IE9 64 bit in the last 2 days. This is something I would never download so perhaps that is where the problem is originating.
Yeah when you install or set up IE for the first time it sets all MS defaults. Just change your add-ons (search, accelerators) as desired.

Get ready for the most strangely balky sliding menu you will ever see, which seems to be designed so you can't get the alternatives easy and will give up.
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20 Dec 2011   #13
mgp1964

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

IE9 can also be uninstalled, it is included in Windows Update so you have to check for it and uncheck it to prevent IE9 from being download and installed, once you have unchecked IE9 from being downloaded add it to the hidden files in download manager and you will not have to worry about IE9 being downloaded and installed again, that is until MS forces us all into submission and be forced to install it.
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21 Dec 2011   #14
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 

Fortunatly, I found an old post where I resolved this issue. This time I'll detail the post:
In the address bar type:
about:config
Then type in
keyword.url
Double click the string and add (without quotes):
"http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q="
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21 Dec 2011   #15
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Doing the above doesn't remove Bing from your computer. Did you ever actually removed Bing from your computer via the Programs and Features uninstallation? That's what kills Bing forever (until it's installed again).
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22 Dec 2011   #16
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 

I can't find any evidence of bing in P&F. However, at least the solution I posted restores FF to a default Google search.
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24 Dec 2011   #17
eknirb

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

yup, no way to uninstall IE- it comes bundled with the OS and that's the (cough cough) antitrust issue MSFT has had with the EU if I am not mistaken. I have a new HP and haven't used IE once..it's not even in my start menu.
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24 Dec 2011   #18
stve

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eknirb View Post
yup, no way to uninstall IE- it comes bundled with the OS and that's the (cough cough) antitrust issue MSFT has had with the EU if I am not mistaken. I have a new HP and haven't used IE once..it's not even in my start menu.
If I'm not mistaken you use it when you use Windows Update.
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24 Dec 2011   #19
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 

I never use IE but when I run CCleaner there is always a large amount of data that is stored and removed in IE. Somehow, much of the activity that is used on FF or Chrome gets routed to IE, I'm guessing for snooping by you-know-who.
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24 Dec 2011   #20
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobland View Post
I'm guessing for snooping by you-know-who.
Your parents I bet! But no, there is no snooping going on. There are dozens of applications that use IE for various tasks, even for rendering UI.
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