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Internet Explorer comes preconfigured with Bing as its search provider. Occasionally, IE ends up displaying Bing "accidentally". We'll change it.
In a previous article, How do I get rid of Bing??, I covered getting rid of the most annoying and most frequently complained about problem: the Bing toolbar. It's often installed by other applications without warning and it may even come pre-installed.
Aside from that, Bing is a website. If you don't like Bing, don't use Bing.
But it turns out there's one other little corner where Bing likes to hide out. I'll show you how to change search providers.
In internet Explorer, there's a search box in the upper right corner:
It's a convenient place to type in a search term and have a search engine look it up for you without actually having to go to that search engine's home page.
The problem is that, in many cases, this search engine tool will automatically be set to Bing. Maybe you just installed Internet Explorer and the Bing logo appears in the search box. Or possibly, you just installed unrelated software and discovered that it switched to Bing from your selected search provider. You might have even uninstalled the Bing toolbar and found that Bing is still your default search provider. Fortunately, changing the search provider is fairly easy.
If you don't see a Tools menu, right click in some empty area around the toolbars you have:
Make sure that the Command Bar toolbar is enabled.
Click on the Tools menu, then the Internet Options sub-menu, and finally make sure that the General tab is displayed:
Click on the Settings button for Search.
Here, you can select the search provider you would like to use. Right-click on the one you want to be your default search provider, and click Set as Default.
If Bing is your only option as in the example above, click the Find more search providers... link near the bottom of the dialog. That'll open a new instance of IE on a web page of available search providers:
Click on the Add to Internet Explorer link next to the search provider you prefer. For this example, I'll click on Google Search Suggestions, which selects the Google search engine.
Make sure to check Make this my default search provider, and then click on Add.
You may now need to exit and restart Internet Explorer to have the change take effect everywhere.
You can return to the search provider selection dialog in Internet Explorer and you'll see both Google and Bing listed:
If you really want to remove Bing so that it's not even available as an option when searching, right-click on its entry in the list and click on Remove.
There is another approach you can take to stop using Bing: Use a different browser. Avoid Internet Explorer.
Other browsers seem to do a better job of exposing alternate available search providers when they have search functionality.
Let's face it: Microsoft has a vested interest in promoting Bing, and part of that promotion includes using Internet Explorer. Perhaps they're just making it easy to "accidentally" end up with Bing as your search provider, perhaps it's something more underhanded, but clearly, there's at least plausible motivation.
And a relationship you won't experience simply by using another browser.
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