Recently, we have seen numerous reports of readers complaining that whey they use Safari on their MacBook and perform a search; the search operation gets redirected to Bing instead of Google Search.
If you are experiencing this, chances are that you may have picked up some browser-based malware during your browsing. Here are a few steps that will help you deal with this issue on your MacBook.
Clear Safari Browser History and Cache
The first thing to do is to clear your Safari browser history and other website data. In order to do so, Click on Safari > Clear History… and then choose ‘All Data’. Next, Click on Safari Preferences > Advanced and choose ‘Show Develop Menu’. Once you choose this option, you will find the Develop menu on the Safari top menu.
Now click on the top Safari menu and choose Develop and then choose ‘Empty Caches’.
Reset Safari Options to Prevent Bing Redirection
Now that we have cleared the Safari History and emptied the cache, follow the steps below to get rid of any browser malware that may have associated itself as an extension and is causing the Bing redirect.
- Click on Safari > Preferences. Click on the Extensions tab at the top.
- Any malware that has gotten associated may show up as a browser extension here.
- Uninstall any recent browser extensions by clicking on the uninstall button next to the extension.
- Now click on the General tab at the top. Here you will need to change the default Homepage if you see an unfamiliar url. Suggest you choose Apple or other trusted site.
- Next, go to the Search tab and change your default search engine to Google.
Restart your MacBook, open Safari and check if the Browser redirect issue has been resolved.
You can also find additional information from this Apple’s support guide on this issue.
It is important to remember to not visit suspicious third party sites that often offer free software downloads.
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When it comes to protecting your MacBook from malicious software, your best bet is to use the Apple App Store to obtain your software. A popular third-party app that can help with Safari malware related issues is MalwareBytes. Feel free to check them out.
If you click on > System Preferences > Privacy and Security and then head over to the general tab, you can select ‘App Store’ as the default for the location from where Apps can be downloaded onto your Mac.
The other thing to keep in mind is to stay away from the Flash software on your MacBook. You can use the option to just use it once if you have a real need for it.
We hope that you found this short article helpful. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions.