How to Remove Bing from Chrome

How to Remove Bing from Chrome

Bing search engine was released by Microsoft nearly a decade ago. It is the second biggest search engine after Google. However, despite achieving huge success, Bing is not usually preferred by many. So, when Bing comes as a default search engine on Windows PC, users try to remove it. This article will provide you with some tried and tested methods on how to remove Bing from Google Chrome.

How to Remove Bing from Chrome

How to Remove Bing from Google Chrome

Before diving into the solutions, we shall look into the reasons for removing Bing from Chrome:

  • Security Issues – Bing has been under scrutiny for various issues related to security as it has been home to various malware extensions and programs.
  • User Interface – The Bing UI is not exceptional and its features lack appearance. Moreover, the whole user interface feels a bit rusty and dry too in comparison to other popular search engines offering a better and easy-to-use interface.
  • Alternate Options – Google search engine is unprecedented. It has been around for a long time and has garnered a good reputation. People often co-relate the internet with Google. Owing to such a stature, other search engines like Bing are usually unable to compete with Google.

We shall now discuss the various methods of how to remove Bing from Google Chrome.

Method 1: Disable Browser Extensions

Web Browser extension applications are meant to increase productivity and add fluidity to the whole user experience. Bing search engine is also available in the form of an extension on Chrome Web Store. However, sometimes you may need to disable these if they start obstructing your work. Follow the given steps to disable Bing Add-in:

1. Click on the three dots icon to expand the menu. Select More tools > Extensions, as depicted below.

Click on the three dots, then click more tools and select extensions. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

2. All the extensions will be listed here. Switch Off the toggle for the Microsoft Bing Homepage & Search Plus extension, as shown.

. Disable any extension related to Bing search engine

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Method 2: Change Startup Settings

Changing the settings of Google Chrome can also help you in preventing Bing from opening up on Start-up. Follow the steps mentioned below to remove Bing from Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome, click on the three dots icon from the top right corner and select Settings, as illustrated below.

click on three dots icon and select Settings in Chrome. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

2. Next, click On startup menu in the left pane.  

click on On Startup menu in Chrome Settings

3. Now, select Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup category in the right pane.

4. Here, click on Add a new page.

Click on Add a new page option in Chrome On Startup Settings

5. On the Add a new page screen, remove Bing URL and add the desired URL. For example, www.google.com

add a new page in Chrome Settings

6. Finally, click on Add button to finish the replacement process.

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Method 3: Remove Bing Search Engine

Whatever we search on our web browser, it requires a Search Engine to provide results. It may be possible that your address bar has Bing set as its default search engine. Hence, to remove Bing from Chrome, follow the given steps:

1. Go to Chrome > three-dotted icon > Settings, as earlier.

click on three dots icon and select Settings in Chrome. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

2. Click on Appearance in the left menu.

 Open Appearence Tab

3. Here, if the Show home button option is enabled, and Bing is listed as the custom web address, then:

3A. Delete Bing URL.

3B. Or, select the New Tab page option, shown highlighted.

remove bing url in Show home button appearance Settings Chrome. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

4. Now, click on Search Engine in the left pane.

5. Here, select any search engine other than Bing in the Search engine used in the address bar drop-down menu.

go to Search Engine and select Google as search engine used in the address bar from Chrome Settings

6. Next, click on the Manage search engines option on the same screen.

Click on the arrow beside Manage Search Engine. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

7. Scroll down and click on the three-dotted icon corresponding to Bing and select Remove from list, as depicted below.

select Remove from list

This is how to remove Bing from Google Chrome search engine.

Method 4: Reset Chrome Settings

Although, the above methods are effective to remove Bing from Chrome, resetting the browser will also help you achieve the same results.

Note: You will need to re-adjust your browser settings after performing this method since you might lose most of your data. However, your bookmarks, history, & passwords will not be deleted.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to three-dotted icon > Settings, as before.

open Settings. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

2. Select the Advanced option in the left pane.

click on Advanced in the Chrome Settings

3. Navigate to Reset and clean up and click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

select Reset and clean up and click on Restore settings to their original defaults in Chrome Settings. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

4. Confirm the prompt by clicking Reset settings.

click on Reset Settings button in Chrome Settings

All the cookies and cache will be deleted to clean Chrome thoroughly. You will now be able to enjoy a faster & smoother browsing experience as well.

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Pro Tip: Run Routine Malware Scan

A regular malware scan would help in keeping things in shape and virus-free.

1. Click on Start and type Windows Security and hit the Enter key to launch Virus & Threat Protection window.

Open Start Menu and search for Windows Security. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

2. Then, click Virus & threat protection on the right pane.

Click Virus and threat protection

3. Here, click on Scan options, as shown.

click on Scan Options. How to Remove Bing from Chrome

4. Select Full scan and click on Scan Now.

 Run a Full Scan

The widget will run a full scan of your PC.

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Having a fast & smooth web browser is very important nowadays. Web Browser efficiency is mostly dependent on the quality of its search engine. Using a subpar search engine is, therefore, not advisable. We hope you were able to remove Bing from Chrome. If you have any queries or suggestions, kindly write the same in the comment section below.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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