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SafeSearch helps keep adult content out of your search results. There are different ways you can turn on SafeSearch:

  • For individual accounts, choose SafeSearch options on the Settings page.

  • At a network level, map to

  • For an individual PC, map to

We'll go into more details below about how to implement SafeSearch using each of the above methods. (Some features and functionality described here may not be available in your country or region.)

  1. On the Settings page, click one of the SafeSearch filters:

    • Strict filters adult text, images, and videos out of your search results.

    • Moderate filters adult images and videos, but not text, out of your search results. This is the default setting.

    • Off doesn't filter adult content.

  2. Click Save.

If you want to guarantee strict SafeSearch results for all users on your network, in your router or proxy server map to will guarantee that strict SafeSearch results are returned for all queries to this IP and the SafeSearch controls are disabled.

We recommend this method as the best way for schools that don’t participate in the Bing in the Classroom program to guarantee strict SafeSearch results. Home users or businesses who also want to guarantee strict SafeSearch results are also welcome to use this method.

To force SafeSearch for your network, you’ll need to update your DNS configuration. Set the DNS entry for to be a CNAME for You’ll want to use a CNAME rather than the IP as the CNAME will continue to work even if the IP for changes. By making the DNS change, results will continue to appear to your users as normal results from but strict SafeSearch results are guaranteed.

We do not recommend blocking the IP as this could have the adverse impact of blocking other Microsoft domains.

If you wish to guarantee strict safe search results for a given PC, you can do so by mapping to For example, if you’re a parent and want to guarantee safe search results on your child’s PC, this method will work. Only users who are administrators on the PC can undo this change.

To make this change:

  1. In Windows, click the Windows key and type “Notepad.”

  2. Right click on Notepad and choose Run as Administrator.

  3. Click Yes when Windows asks if you want this program to make changes.

  4. Open your hosts file. In most Windows installations, this is located at: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

  5. Click the Windows key, type “cmd,” and then hit enter.

  6. Type "ping" and note the resulting IP. This will look something like this:

  7. Create an entry at the end of hosts file that looks like this:

  8. Save the file. Windows will now use to guarantee strict SafeSearch results on this PC.

If Windows is installed in a different location on your PC, you can find the hosts file by typing the following at the command prompt: cd /d %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc.

Important: The hosts file needs the actual IP for rather than a CNAME. If the CNAME is used, the hosts file will not redirect to the IP.


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