[Guide] How To Remove Bing From Windows 10

[Guide] How To Remove Bing From Windows 10

/ Cris Mamon

Bing is a popular search engine owned by Microsoft that comes pre-installed on Windows 10. While some users find the Bing search engine useful for searching the web, others may prefer to use a different search engine or want to remove Bing from their Windows 10 system for personal reasons. If you’re in the latter group, you may wonder how to remove Bing from Windows 10.

Reasons Why People Might Want to Remove Bing

Removing Bing from Windows 10 depends on each user’s preferences and concerns. By understanding why people might want to remove Bing, users can make an informed decision about whether or not to take this step.

  • Personal Preference: Many prefer using a different search engine than Bing. They may have become accustomed to using another search engine like Google Search or Yahoo and find that Bing search results don’t meet their needs or expectations.
  • Privacy Concerns: Some users may be concerned about how much data Bing collects about their search queries and browsing habits. While Bing’s privacy policy states that it collects data to improve its services, some users may not be comfortable with this level of data collection.
  • Performance Issues: In some cases, Bing’s integration with Windows 10 can cause performance issues or slow down the system. This can be especially true if the user has a slower or older computer. Removing Bing from Windows 10 can help improve system performance by reducing the resources used by the search engine.

Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to do this, and in this article, we’ll walk you through some of the most effective ones.

How to Remove Bing From Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome.

2. Click the Options button (three vertical stacked dots at your screen’s top right corner).

3. Select Settings.

4. Check the Appearance section to see if a Bing web address is set as Chrome’s home page. If it is, delete the web address and select the New Tab page as Chrome’s home page.

5. In the Search engine section, if Bing is currently the default search engine, open the dropdown menu next to the “Search engine used in the address bar” option and select a different search engine.

change search engine in chrome

6. Click on Manage search engines.

7. Click the More actions button (represented by three vertically stacked dots) next to the Bing listing and select Remove from the list.

8. Go back to the main Settings page by clicking the Back button.

9. In the On startup section, if Bing is listed as one of the web addresses under “Open a specific page or set of pages,” click on the More actions button (represented by three vertically stacked dots) next to it and select Remove.

10. Close the Settings page to save the changes and remove Bing from Chrome.

Get Rid of Bing From Internet Explorer

If you want to remove Bing from Internet Explorer on your Windows 10 computer, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Internet Explorer search engine and go to Tools > Manage Add-ons.
  2. Click on Search Providers from the left-hand menu and select “Find more search providers” to add Google to the list.
  3. Choose Google from the list and click “Set as default”.
  4. Select Bing from the list of search providers and click “Remove” to remove it from Internet Explorer.

Following these simple steps, you can easily remove Bing from Internet Explorer and set Google as your default search provider.

Get Rid of Bing on Microsoft Edge

To remove Bing from Microsoft Edge, you can follow these steps:

1. Launch Microsoft Edge.

2. Click on the Menu button (located in the top right corner, represented by three dots in a horizontal row).

3. Select Settings > Navigate to “View advanced settings” by scrolling down.

4. Under the “Search in the address bar with” option, open the dropdown menu and click on “<Add new>”.

5. Select the search engine you want to set as your new default search engine from the list of search engines you have visited while using Microsoft Edge and click “Set as default”.

set default set engine on edge

6. Make sure the search engine you just added as default is set as Microsoft Edge‘s default search engine in the previous dropdown menu.

Remove Bing From Cortana

Bing is integrated into Cortana and Windows Search on Windows 10. However, if you want to remove Bing and its search results from Cortana and Windows Search, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Click on the Cortana button in your taskbar (located next to the Search bar).
  3. Click on the Gear icon.
  4. Turn off “Search online and include web results”

Alternatively, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Search for “Cortana & Search settings”.
  3. Click on the search result titled “Cortana & Search settings”.
  4. Turn off “Search online and include web results”
search online and include web results

Uninstall the Bing Apps

The Bing toolbar is often included as an add-on by unrelated program installers on your computer unless you instruct them not to do so. However, you can remove Bing from Windows by following these steps:

1. Search for “add or remove programs” using the Windows search bar and click on the first result.

2. Look for unfamiliar applications or programs with “Bing” in their names in the window that appears. Some examples include Bing Bar, Bing Protect, Bing: Vc, Babylon, Search Module, Search Protect, and Conduit.

uninstall bing in apps and features

3. Select the programs for removal and click “Uninstall.”

Disable Bing in Windows 10 via Registry

To remove Bing from Windows Registry Editor, follow these steps:

1. Open the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in the search box and clicking on the result.

2. Navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search.

3. Right-click the Search option and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the value “BingSearchEnabled”.

4. Double-click the value and ensure its value data is set to 0.

bingsearchenabled in regedit

5. Double-click on CortanaConsent and set its value data to 0.

Remove Bing From Windows 10 via Registry File

If you’re uncomfortable manually editing your computer’s registry, you can use our provided registry files instead to remove Bing from your search. Follow these steps:

1. Download the file “Windows 10 Remove Bing Search Registry Key.zip” to your desktop and extract it to a separate folder.

export regedit key for bing

2. You will find two files in the folder: “Activate-Bing-in-Windows 10.reg” and “Deactivate-Bing-in-Windows 10.reg”. To remove Bing from your search, double-click the “Deactivate-Bing-in-Windows 10.reg” file.

3. Keep a copy of the activation registry file for future use if you want to enable Bing again later.

4. Click “Run” and select “Yes” to the warning prompt.

click run when importing bing key

5. Click “OK” and restart your computer.

confirm bing key import

Removing Bing From Windows 10: A Simple Guide to Improve Your Search Experience

Removing Bing from Windows 10 can be a personal preference or a business requirement. Whatever the reason, disabling Bing search and removing it from various Windows features is possible.

It is important to note that these steps should be taken with caution, and, in some cases, it may be best to seek professional assistance to ensure the safety and functionality of the system.

The ability to customize and tailor the user experience is a fundamental aspect of modern computing, and the ability to remove Bing from Windows 10 is just one example of this.

Cris Mamon
Meet the author

Chris has been writing professionally since the early 2000s. He has written articles for newspapers and magazines, books on Windows software development, and technical documentation on Microsoft products. He also has a passion for helping people get started with technology.