Windows 10: Where do Bing, Bonjour, and Web Companion come from..................


  1. Posts : 107
    Windows 10 Pro X64 Version 1709 Build 16299.431
       02 Feb 2018 #1

    Where do Bing, Bonjour, and Web Companion come from..................


    .... and just how do they get in to Windows so easily despite the presence of AV software?

    Is there any way to prevent these unwelcome guests?
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  2.    02 Feb 2018 #2

    Where do they come from despite having AV at your disposal?

    Most probably they come with freeware software. Often free softwares install these search engines as it is in their terms and condition.
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  3.    02 Feb 2018 #3

    Bonjour is a part of iTunes and helps you connect your other devices to your computer.
    Bing is offered as an "optional" add on for some "Free" Software. Got to pay for it somehow.
    Web Companion is bundled with Lavasoft's Adaware malware remover and is part of it's suite.
    Usually when you install "Free" software, it asks you if you would like this "optional" software, most people click right past this message and by default it installs to pay for the "Free" Software.
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  4. Posts : 18,545
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       02 Feb 2018 #4

    Unchecky helps by picking up most of these annoyances in installers. https://unchecky.com/ It is a small program that starts with windows and sits in the system tray. It monitors all installations and will warn of any potentially unwanted programs and uncheck them.
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  5.    02 Feb 2018 #5

    kado897 said: View Post
    Unchecky helps by picking up most of these annoyances in installers. https://unchecky.com/ It is a small program that starts with windows and sits in the system tray. It monitors all installations and will warn of any potentially unwanted programs and uncheck them.

    Nice app Kado and thanks for sharing.
    Unfortunately, the majority of free apps is offering another app that may or may not affect stability.

    It is very important to read the installation procedure, decline any offer(s). Most important is to go in custom installation to removed undesirable options.
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  6. Posts : 528
    Windows 10 Home 32-bit
       02 Feb 2018 #6

    RE: WebCompanion. If you want to change home page after removing it check this post.

    Firefox Keeps Re-enabling Bing Solved - Page 8 - Windows 10 Forums
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