How can I stop the Bing Bar from continuing to show up in Windows Update. I have selected "Hide update" on it many times, but it eventually comes back. I do not have the Bing Bar installed on my computer.

Bing Bar Windows Update

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    Unfortunately it keeps popping up because the version number (KB2673774) changes. I haven't figured out a way to stop it permanently though. – MonkeyZeus Oct 25 '13 at 17:46
  • Yeah, it keeps popping up for me too. Very annoying. – cmorse Apr 2 '14 at 23:46

This question crops up frequently.

Some Windows updates keep returning no matter how many times you select to hide them. There are two ways that this can happen:

  • You select to hide the entry, and it remains hidden, but a new, completely different entry is shown that is either related to the first one, or a newer version of it. This can be seen in the image below where Bing Desktop 1.2 has been hidden, then Bing Desktop 1.3 was shown as a different update and had to be hidden separately.

  • You select to hide the entry, but later when it is updated, it is reset and is shown again because it is new. This is the case for Bing Bar in the image below. Ostensibly, if you didn’t want it the first time, then you probably don’t want it later, but the rationale is that you may want the newer, updated version.

Unfortunately there is no way to permanently hide something; Microsoft can (and does) re-display things it feels you might want/should install. You’ll just have to play “Whack-a-Mole” and manually hide them whenever they pop up; fortunately that’s not too often.

Screenshot of hidden Windows updates

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  • (I suppose some sort of automated script or something could be cobbled together, but they come up infrequently enough that it’s not worth the effort or risk.) – Synetech Oct 25 '13 at 18:02
  • You also cold do it via setup of WSUS server and not have it show updates to Bing for connected computers, but that is kinda killing a fly with a cannon. – Scott Chamberlain Oct 25 '13 at 18:10
  • Yeah, I don't really want to kill a fly with a cannon! But, it seems like the Bing Bar updates show up pretty frequently. But I haven't exactly been keeping track of when they show up, so who knows. – cmorse Oct 30 '13 at 18:57
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    I don’t think they show up that frequently, it’s probably just a psychological illusion: seeing something annoying sticks out in the mind, so it feels like you see it more often. For example, it feels like a bill from Rogers arrives every week or two even though it’s really only once per month (though from Rogers, I can’t rule anything out); it just feels more frequently because they are so thoroughly detestable that every time a bill comes, it gets encoded into memory much more strongly than something banal and forgettable. (Their ads on the other hand really are seen every 10-20 seconds.) – Synetech Oct 31 '13 at 19:21
  • @Synetech: That's a great point. It sure does feel like it happens all the time. Probably makes it worse because I have multiple computers and it shows up on each of them every time. – cmorse Nov 23 '13 at 3:00

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