Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166949/how-to-disable-bing-from-the-windows-8.1-search-engine/
Windows 8.1 includes online search results from Bing whenever you search for something on your system. Since many people aren’t going to want this, here is how to get rid of this behavior.
Great tip, but is there a way to replace bing with google? I like google's results alot more, and quite frankly I trust them more than M$.
Another way is to remove in the uninstall from the control panel.Open control panel,go to all programs.There you will find Bing for Desktop.Click on it then click on uninstall at the top of the columns.Windows will ask are you sure,click yes and watch it leave your computer and or device.
It is not listed, would it be under another name. I am assuming the barage of adverts that have started to appear and take over the page are via bing?
It should be listed in the all programs page of your control panel.But that will not remove it from browsers.The way to remove it from a browser is thru your toolbar.There are so many toolbars out there and each are different.So there isn't a one shoe fits all way to explain.But there is always the Help button on a toolbar you may refer to for further assistance.
And yes most toolbars bring the adverts along for company.A word of caution is whenever you download something Free online,it is not free.Download slowly,read each page that pops up.Toolbars,coupons,etc.,can be attached to that Free download.And if you see the dreaded ASK or Delta Toolbar run away from them.Delta is a major problem for most to remove.Lately Advert Toolbars are of the same caliber.
When Microsoft issues updates and you have removed Bing.Check each and every install,that is if your settings are on manual not automatic.Manual installs give you control over what Microsoft throws at you.And Bing updates is one of them.Good luck and I hope this is of some help to you.HTG has many articles helping people don't be afraid to use their Search box.Many great insights can be found there along with this discussion board
This would be a really good feature if you could configure your own search provider, but it's not because Bing is rubbish. I don't want a start button, or a tile interface. i just want to be able to press one key, then text search across everywhere, so in order to find something all i have to know is what it's called, I shouldn't have to decide where to look. At the moment you have to press Win+S (instead of one key) and you have to put up with Bing results, and it's too slow, but we're moving in the right direction.
I am impressed with the new search in Windows 8.1 big improvement from Windows 8. It works great with the network drive for my Windows Server 2012 Essentials pooled storage just add your network drive to your libraries and it will search through everything.
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