Windows 10, by default, sends everything you search for in the Start Menu to their servers to give you results from Bing search — so you better make sure that you don’t type anything private into your own PC’s Start Menu. Or, you could just disable the Bing integration in the Start Menu.
Update, 8/15/22: We now have a solution that works in Windows 10’s May 2020 Update and Windows 11. In our experience, this also disables the Microsoft Edge advertisements that appear when you search for Chrome in Windows 10’s Start menu.
If you use this method on Windows 11, the Registry Key path specified in the article probably won’t exist, so you’ll need to create it manually. We have specific instructions for how to disable Bing in Windows 11 that detail the important differences. Alternatively, you can use the REG file we provided. It’ll automatically create everything you need.
It’s worth noting that Android’s default search and even iOS on the iPhone will also send your search queries to Google or Apple’s servers to try and get more relevant results — but, somehow, it seems…
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