Microsoft is using malware-like pop-ups in Windows 11 to get people to ditch Google

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Microsoft has paused its latest pop-ups, for now.

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Tom Warrena senior editor covering Microsoft, PC gaming, console, and tech. He founded WinRumors, a site dedicated to Microsoft news, before joining The Verge in 2012.I thought I had malware on my main Windows 11 machine this weekend. There I was minding my own business in Chrome before tabbing back to a game anda pop-up appeared asking me to switch my default search engine to Microsoft Bing in Chrome.

This isn’t a normal notification, either. It didn’t appear in the notification center in Windows 11, nor is it connected to the part of Windows 11 that suggests new features to you. It’s quite literally a rogue executable file that has somehow appeared in c:\windows\temp\mubstemp and is digitally signed by Microsoft.

“We are aware of these reports and have paused this notification while we investigate and take appropriate action to address this unintended behavior,” says Caitlin Roulston, director of communications, in a statement toScreenshot by Tom Warren / The VergeI have no idea why Microsoft thinks it’s ok to fire off these pop-ups to Windows 11 users in the first place.

This isn’t Microsoft’s first rodeo, either. I’m growing increasingly frustrated by the company’s methods of getting people to switch from Google and Chrome to Bing and Edge. Microsoft has been using a

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