A warning for those that may have their Windows 7 Updates set to automatically install the optional updates: For some reason, Microsoft added “Bing Desktop” to the Windows Update optional updates last week.
In case you’re not familiar with this horrible peice of software, imagine a combination of a search engine bar, Browser Hijacker malware, and a Win98 “Active Desktop” virus.
The concept is that that rather than opening a browser or having a search bar, you get a giant Bing search box right smack dab in the center of your desktop. Dont want it in the center? No problem! You can have it in the top of your screen too!
So what happens when you type a search into the box? Does it search your emails or files like the already built-in windows desktop search? Nope. Does it figure out based on contect wether you need to open a map app or schedule something on your calendar like Apple’s Siri? Nope. It just opens a browser with the search results. Wow. What a time saver! Yep… It opens my browser right up so I can use my google search bar to actually find what I’m looking for.
Now, at least the crappy software comes a feature that I may actually have found useful… the ability to set your desktop image to be the “Bing image of the day”. If I could do that without the damn Bing search box I may not have removed it. Of course, when you remove it… it shows back up in the optional updates.
The only way to prevent this software from prompting you every time is to right-click on the update and select “Hide Update”.
You can find more information here.