The Bing Screen of Death

Here’s an amazing Stupid Search Engine Trick: typing the words “view” and “topic” in one query (or “phpbb”) into Bing will crash it.



  1. Tony August 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Is this some kind of viral ad or something? All those searches work perfectly fine for me. Including from the links in the article.

    • Harry McCracken August 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Looks like Bing may have fixed this–when I tried it right before writing this post, it worked. Or didn’t work, I mean…

      • Tony August 3, 2011 at 7:06 am #

        But, on the other hand, it was the first time I've used Bing. So, there's that!

  2. The_Heraclitus August 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Nope. It doesn't crash with any of those 3 search terms.

    Did Technologizer get hacked or something?

  3. Collins August 3, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Well, entering "view" and "topic" didn't crash Bing for me, but "phpbb" alone did. It gave me the following message instead of search result for "phpbb":

    "Ref A: 1CC2EABB568E4950B279828F76E45FB0 Ref B: 640BBDC0F0C6CFC97C1B4DA4ABD9ABBD Ref C: Wed Aug 03 08:00:03 2011 PST"