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Some toolsbars have to remain installed for the software to work. Such as the Zone Alarm toolbar. In this case all you can do is simply hide it but leave it installed
One of the worst offenders I have found for installing this toolbar is from the following website: http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html
I was wondering how the Bing toolbar kept getting on to my system, until I found out about it being loaded with the codecs from this software install, and there is nothing in the install instructions about it.
Not only Microsoft does this. I keep running across the same kind of thing with MacAfee, Yahoo, NCH. I just switch off all these unwanted toolbars and ignore them. In fact there's also a whole list of search engines now on my Google search box that I also ignore. I also use Adblock, which is great, so I hardly ever see an advert nowadays. However I think it only runs on Firefox. Practically the only reason I open IE now is to delete the history (which persists in tracking everything I do on my computer). I'm seriously considering uninstalling it. However very occasionally I run across a website that doesn't work properly on Firefox.
As someone who prefers the attractivness of this toolbar (and Internet Explorer 8 to anything else)
I personally can't see why anyone would want to remove it.
Google / Opera / Safari etc - may be faster, but they ALL look ameturish and TOO simplistic (cartoon like) for me.
There is another example of Bing "infestation" that does not involve a toolbar: some months ago, in Firefox, Bing started popping up when an incomplete url is entered into the address box. For example, if I typed "New Jersey Lottery" and hit enter, formerly the browser would bring up the page it assumed I wanted. Now, I get a Bing page and I'm guessing some of your complaints may refer to this. I prefer the browser's original behavior and would revert if I knew how or maybe switch to another search engine but it's nothing I can't live with in the long run.
In some instances such as the Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player, and Java Install there will be a box that you need to remove the checkmark (click the box) or you will install the toolbar. I want the programs, just not all those toolbars.
Another place that Bing lurks is in the "Manage Search Providers" option next to the Search Box.
1)Left-click on the arrow to the right of the Search Box.
2)Scroll down to "Manage Search Providers."
3)Left-click on "Manage Search Providers."
4)If your preferred search provider, e.g., Google, is there, make sure your favorite is the default.
6)If your preferred search provider, e.g., Ask.com, is not there, then in the lower left-hand corner left-click on "Find more search providers."
7)Choose a search provider. You can have more than one provider, but only one can be the default.
8)In the window that pops up, check "make this my default.."
8)Then click "Add."
9)Once you have more than one search provider, make sure one other than Bing is the default.
With Microsoft, nothing is ever easy.
Though you handled Bing in your article, it helped me get rid of Ask which had been annoying me. A big thanks.
Better yet, just use Firefox...
To many toolbars can also drag down your internet speed. I've had a number of people come to me over the years complaining about a slow internet, and the problem is all the toolbars, one woman had 5. With IE7 and higher its easy to disable most toolbars.
Just rest IE. Open up Internet Explorer, click on Tools then Internet Options. When the Internet Options box appears. Click the Advanced tab. Under Reset Internet Explorer settings, click Reset. A box opens up - Then click Reset again. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting the settings, click Close then close again. Restart Internet Explorer.
It might not uninstall them but it does disable them.
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