Contact us today!

FRS Pros Blog

Bing Offers Malware and Filth

Bing Offers Malware and Filth

With a meager market share that is one-third the size of Google’s, one would think that Bing would be trying to keep controversy away from a user’s search results. However, the Microsoft search engine has recently encountered a few notable PR disasters that may be enough to convince some not to use it - especially if it leads to a security breach.

What is Going On
Considering the difference in the market shares of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome (4.24 percent compared to 67.66 percent, respectively), it should come as no surprise that the first thing that many owners of a Windows 10 device do is to use Edge to download Chrome. Naturally, Edge defaults to Bing to conduct these searches. However, these searches have taken to delivering disguised malware sites as sponsored ads for Google Chrome within these search results.

When the user searches Bing to find the download link for Chrome, there is the chance that, instead of a sponsored result popping up from Google, one will pop up that only appears to be from Google at first glance. However, once clicked on, this link brings a user to a phishing site disguised to look like the Google Chrome download page, with the URL ‘’ Trying to access this site through Chrome itself results in the user finding it to be blocked, while Bing and Edge do no such thing.

Not a New Problem
Making this situation even worse, this is not the first time that Bing has had this issue. Back in April of this year, this threat was reported as effectively identical to this recent version - and while the advertisement has been pulled, there has been no explanation of how it could appear to come from, or if this issue had been resolved.

This means that it is entirely likely that this issue will pop up once again.

Other Bing Issues
Of course, this isn’t the only problematic element of the Bing search engine. Its search function has a history of delivering highly offensive and alarming content, especially through its image search. Searches for what are objectively neutral terms would deliver back inflammatory results, even with SafeSearch on. Similar things happen when you search for other terms as well. In addition to racist search suggestions, the suggestions on Bing also were pushing conspiracy theories in their suggested searches.

Adding to these problems even more, Bing offers both horrible search suggestions and results, suggesting that a user (after searching for “girl”) instead searches for “cute young girl 16,” and it only gets worse from there. The image results are arguably even worse, delivering content that could get people in serious legal trouble. Searching for the wrong thing could result in, for example, bath time pictures of children displayed alongside hardcore adult materials.

Microsoft isn’t the first technology giant to contend with these kinds of issues, and you can be sure this won’t be the last time. With FRS Pros’s help, you can also be sure that your business won’t join their ranks. Call 561-795-2000 to find out more about how we can help protect and optimize your business technology.

Tip of the Week: Extremely Useful Word Tips
Are You Prepared to Weather Any Disaster?


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Thursday, November 15 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Privacy Internet Network Security Business Management Google Tech Term Cloud Business Computing Software User Tips Computer Malware Hackers Hardware Microsoft Productivity Browser Efficiency Mobile Devices Windows Cybersecurity Data Backup Hosted Solutions Internet of Things Smartphone Innovation Cybercrime Apps Android Outsourced IT Office 365 Backup Email IT Services Windows 10 Smartphones Data Recovery Operating System Data Security Phishing IT Support Data Money Business Continuity Business Mobile Device Management Upgrade Alert Vulnerability Disaster Recovery VoIP Law Enforcement Ransomware Network Best Practice Employer-Employee Relationship Microsoft Office Applications Chrome Communications Saving Money Managed IT Services IT Support Collaboration Server Telephone Systems Tech Support Gadgets Router Google Drive Managed Service Provider Managed IT Small Business Unsupported Software Information Windows 10 App Cloud Computing Spam Computers Information Technology Virtualization Passwords Blockchain Two-factor Authentication Miscellaneous VPN iPhone WiFi Evernote Users Mobile Device OneNote Productivity User Error Sports Facebook Application Networking Encryption Audit Cortana Quick Tips Safety Data Protection Password Word Automation Hosted Solution Holiday Avoiding Downtime Risk Management Cost Management Managed IT Services Patch Management Wireless Charging Google Docs Project Management Managed Service Devices Hacking Augmented Reality Commerce Communication WannaCry Gmail Wi-Fi Data Breach Save Money Mobile Security Artificial Intelligence Bring Your Own Device Update Government Politics Travel Google Assistant Shortcut Robot Workplace Tips SaaS Excel Budget Proactive IT BDR Wireless Technology Fraud The Internet of Things Social Media Touchscreen Data Storage Data Management Samsung Sync Streaming Media Data Privacy Windows 7 iOS WIndows Server 2008 Storage Lithium-ion battery Social Engineering Amazon FAQ Business Technology Windows 10s HBO Edge Gamification Reputation Software as a Service Data storage Legal Screen Mirroring NFL eWaste Access Accessory History Computer Care Nanotechnology Retail Websites Virtual Assistant Remote Computing Health Antivirus Unified Threat Management Chromecast Hard Drive Display Identities Meetings Charger Testing Solid State Drive Data Loss Ciminal Telephony Memory Conferencing Data Theft Bandwidth Settings Emails Cast Device Security Internet Exlporer Computer Forensics Peripheral Wireless Root Cause Analysis Alexa for Business Search Upgrades Adobe Workers Chromebook Co-Managed Services Mobility Computer Fan Legislation Language Transportation Camera Laptop Emergency Hard Disk Drive IT Management Uninterrupted Power Supply Financial Gifts Computing Marketing BYOD Windows Ink Management Access Control Private Cloud Point of Sale Licensing Updates Printing Telephone Comparison Going Green Social Identity Theft Outlook Projects Touchpad IT Solutions Microsoft Excel IT budget Credit Cards App store Files Vendor Webinar Google Maps Spyware DDoS PowerPoint Admin Consultant Microsoft Word Recovery Hyperlink Specifications Virus Disaster Vendor Management Remote Monitoring Identity Humor File Sharing Hybrid Cloud Scam Employee-Employer Relationship IT solutions Apple Wireless Internet Tablets Maintenance Administrator Value Wasting Time Sales Proactive Work/Life Balance Virtual Reality Crowdsourcing Employer Employee Relationship PDF Current Events Electronic Medical Records Thank You Phone System Twitter Mobile Computing Benefits Save Time Computer Accessories Text Messaging Congratulations Flexibility Music Battery Smart Technology Instant Messaging Hacker Office tips Advertising Scalability Analytics Entertainment Keyboard Cache Black Market Cleaning Office Big Data Automobile Compliance End of Support HaaS Managing Stress Training Monitors Relocation es Printers USB Worker Television CrashOverride How To Books Regulation Video Games Experience Personal Information Education Company Culture Hiring/Firing