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Should I remove Bing Bar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #55
United States Rank #50
Reach 6.9810%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)


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59 versions

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Bing Bar

What is Bing Bar?

Bing Bar is a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer, developed by Microsoft. Bing Bar was previously supported on Mozilla Firefox but Microsoft discontinued support. Bing Bar incorporates features from Windows Live and from the Bing search engine. The Bing Bar user-interface enables visual effects such as flip, slide and rollover animations, colors and themes. The toolbar features "flyout" content windows, which enables users to view the latest content from the MSN Portal without requiring them to move from the internet page they are currently browsing.

About  (from Microsoft)

Enhance your Windows 7 installations with the royalty-free Bing Bar. It is an easy way to provide extra benefits to your customers when you preinstall it on new PCs—and it can be used with Windows Internet Explorer. It provides fast and safe online search, consolidates email accounts, and provides breaking news, direct...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is InstallManager.exe. The software installer includes 40 files and is usually about 494.29 KB (506,151 bytes).
Bing Bar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Bing Bar is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Bing Bar is typically pre-installed with Dell computers.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Dell PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It is often time or functionally (lite version) limited for Dell computers.
  • If you do not use this program you might consider remvoing it as it often consumes system resources, even if not actively being run, adversely affecting system responsiveness.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: toolbar.discoverbing.com/en-US
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Bing Bar Installer
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{1E03DB52-D5CB-4338-A338-E526DD4D4DB1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 494.29 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Bing Bar

Program executable:InstallManager.exe
Name:Bing Bar
Path:C:\Program Files\Bing Bar Installer\InstallManager.exe
Additional files:
  • InstallManager.exe - Bing Bar
  • bbsvc.exe - BingBar Service
  • bingapp.exe
  • bingbar.exe - Bing Client Extensions
  • bingext.dll
  • common.dll
  • defmgr.dll - Microsoft Default Manager
  • seanote.dll - Microsoft Search Note
  • seaport.exe - Microsoft SeaPort Search Enhancement Broker

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • bingext.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Bing Bar Helper' with the class of {d2ce3e00-f94a-4740-988e-03dc2f38c34f}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • bingext.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Bing Bar' with the class of {8dcb7100-df86-4384-8842-8fa844297b3f} (Bing).
2 Services
  • seaport.exe runs as a service named 'BBUpdate' (BBUpdate) "Enables the detection, download and installation of up-to-date configuration files for Bing Bar. Also provides server communication for the customer experience improvement program. Stopping or disabling this service may prevent you from getting the latest updates for Bing Bar, which may expose your computer to security vulnerabilities or functional flaws in the Bing Bar.".
  • bbsvc.exe runs as a service named 'BBSvc' (BBSvc) "Keeps Bing Bar up-to-date. Disabling this service might prevent updates and expose your computer to security vulnerabilities or functional flaws in Bing Bar.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.16 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0094910521%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00474553%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00474553%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,881,840
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.88 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:3.74 MB
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.54 MB
Total CPU:0.0000499769%
Kernel CPU:0.00003421%
User CPU:0.00001577%
CPU cycles/sec:2,260
I/O reads/min:20 Bytes
Memory:3.11 MB
Total CPU:0.0002438998%
Kernel CPU:0.00014145%
User CPU:0.00010245%
CPU cycles/sec:9,079
I/O reads/min:583 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove Bing Bar?

You can uninstall Bing Bar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Bing Bar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Bing Bar.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Bing Bar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 10 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.18%
Windows 10 21.91%
Windows Vista 7.03%
Windows XP 2.89%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.44%
Windows 7 Professional 8.17%
Windows 10 Home 6.71%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.31%
Windows 8.1 6.16%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.60%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.18%
  Germany 6.12%
  United Kingdom 4.58%
  France 2.69%
  Canada 2.69%
  Italy 2.36%
  Brazil 1.73%
  Australia 1.69%
  Netherlands 1.27%
  Belgium 0.95%
  Sweden 0.94%
  Spain 0.91%
  Taiwan 0.77%
  India 0.73%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.93%
Dell 21.27%
Acer 17.34%
ASUS 10.87%
Toshiba 5.62%
Samsung 5.39%
Lenovo 2.05%
Intel 0.79%
Medion 0.64%
Sony 0.64%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.41%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.11%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.46%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.41%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.65%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.32%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com

comments2 comments

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Brailzonover a year ago
Don't know why Bing has recently appeared on my toolbar. I don't mind it being in my computer, (I like Bing maps) but I would rather see it only when I want to. It has displaced things I do use and takes up too much space.
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Marhodover a year ago
Were it not for the following, I likely would have run my own side-by-side comparison of Google vs. Bing and made my own decision. I've observed that although this question has been asked in multiple spaces on the internet, but the standard responses given don't address these problems: 1. Microsoft insists that you install the Bing toolbar as a condition of using Internet Explorer with Windows 7. There is no way of declining the Bing toolbar; Microsoft insists that you agree to install it, thereby forcing you to uninstall it. 2. Windows updates include the Bing toolbar, forcing you to go in each time and specifically choose the updates you want instead of the convenience of "automatic" updates. I constantly have to check my updates and the Bing toolbar has been reinstalled several times, thereby forcing me to uninstall it each time. It's as if Microsoft assumes that this software version of Chinese water torture will eventually browbeat consumers into submission. The only responses from Microsoft refuse to address the fact Microsoft is forcing you to accept the Bing toolbar as a prerequisite for using Internet Explorer, and they hurriedly try to redirect you with the standard Control Panel Uninstall response. Even Dell support refuses to address the issue, simply saying there is no choice and you can go in and uninstall it. As a Microsoft partner in distribution, they certainly have to be aware of this business practice. IMHO these are sneaky business tactics, and I'm considering a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. I'd love an actual response to this very specific complaint rather than an avoidance of the issue.