What is BingDesktop.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the BingDesktop.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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BingDesktop.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with BingDesktop
BingDesktop.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Bing Desktop Application or Bing Desktop application belongs to software Bing Desktop or BingDesktop Application by Microsoft (

Description: BingDesktop.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. BingDesktop.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,368,736 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 2,387,048 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The BingDesktop.exe file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. BingDesktop.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with BingDesktop.exe, you may want to do the following:
  • ask for help from Support
  • uninstall the software Bing Desktop or Bing-Desktop using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify BingDesktop.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BingDesktop.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the BingDesktop.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Es ist ein Programm von Microsoft
  koshima   (further information)
Not needed
When I installed Bing desktop it ask if I would like for windows to open with my face book and I clicked yes. Bad mistake. It reduced the size of tex and pictures until I could hardly read them. I have tried everything to correct the problem to no avail. I uninstalled Bing but still have the problem.

Summary: Average user rating of BingDesktop.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving BingDesktop issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with BingDesktop. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the BingDesktop.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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