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How to stop BING from being the default search engine in IE8.

Microsoft has made it prgressively harder to install Google as the default search engine in a concerted effort to force the use of BING on IE8. Once only a single step, setting Google as the default search engine now can take as many as eight steps which is why I personally use Firefox or Chrome. If you're one of the few whose workplace still forces them to use IE, here's how to at least remove BING from being the default search, every time IE8 is opened.

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the triangle next to the magnifying glass located to the right of the search bar.
  3. Select Find more providers
  4. Select Google; often they hide it on the second page, but it's still there.
  5. Click on the triangle next to the magnifying glass located to the right of the search bar.
  6. Now select manage search providers
  7. Click Google and then select, "Set as Default".
  8. Click on the two BINg links and remove them both.

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Bing is the default search engine for Internet Explorer. If you need to keep Google search as your default, then go to Internet Explorer settings and make sure that Google has the word "default" beside it.

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Uninstall "Bing" search engine from "Add/Remove". Then Reset your IE8 back to default settings from the IE 'Tools' ->"Internet Options". Then in the "General" set your homepage back to Google and click OK. Resart your IE8.

If it doen't work, download this utility "HijackThis" run and delete the IE start page, and perform the above again.

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