Babylon Toolbar - How To Remove?

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Type: PUP
Other names: Babylon virus, Babylon hijacker
 

Babylon-software.com specializes in products of translation software, professional human translation, premium dictionaries and other services. Babylon Software Translator is still available in Google Chrome Web Store; nevertheless, its “Reviews” section features multiple testimonials from former users that have found this Babylon malware product dissatisfactory. The company obtains a lot of income from referrals that are done from other browser hijackers like Websearch.flyandsearch.info. Currently, this website presents technical support scams.

Learn more about Babylon rogue extension

The add-on has been around ever since 1998, and in 2012, we announced about its existence in this article. While this infection is of long standing, it has endured all criticism from security researchers and continues with its second decade of existence.

Babylon toolbar virus

Our goal is to also check the popularity of this application, and we were astonished to discover that Babylon.com is ranked in the position of 14,637. Considering that this rating is global, we presume that the Babylon Software Ltd, receives more than enough revenue from web traffic and from similar monetization strategies like online ads. There are several countries that get introduced to pop-ups from Babylon malware infection: United States, Mexico, Brazil, India and Chile.

Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are not entirely malicious, but they do compromise operating systems by initiating activities of phishing, redirection to fraudulent websites, browser hijacking and automatic installations of other PUPs. Babylon rogue extension is considered a comprehensible addition to users’ browsers. While it remodels browsers’ preferences, displays advertisements and monitors your online activities, it is not considered a virus. However, if you detect iSearch.babylon.com as your home page, we recommend yo to remove it.

Babylon Toolbar

If you you are recommended to install a Babylon unwanted program for your Mac or Windows operating system, remember that there are more conditions than you assume. Setup Wizards of these applications will have automatically-filled checkboxes, allowing these questionable products to “set my browser default search provider to Babylon”, “set Babylon search as my homepage”, “Download and install Babylon Toolbar”. This arrival of a suspicious toolbar and an unknown search platform might be immediately noticeable (since the appearance of infected browsers will significantly change). However, reverting these modifications is a different story.

Babylon is a set of language translation tools developed by Babylon LTD. They allow translating web content into other languages. These tools include Babylon toolbar virus which changes default search provider to Search.babylon.com. The installation might include other toolbars too. This software is quite annoying by default.

Why we have decided to list Babylon toolbar as Potentially Unwanted Application (PUP)

  1. Babylon toolbar hijacks user searches by default. The search provider is changed without any reason related to providing better results, just for monetary gain. That is one of the reasons people call this software Babylon redirect virus.
  2. This toolbar does not uninstall fully. By default, it DOES NOT store previous search provider settings and thus you will have to reset them manually. It is malicious on itself.
  3. Babylon software is distributed with unrelated software that provides coupon deals and similar. It might also be distributed by other questionable software in so called software bundles.
  4. We have seen cases when visitors claim having Babylon redirects without installing software themselves, thus we assume that it might be distributed by malware makers too in hopes to gain more money.
  5. Babylon is listed as PUP by several anti-malware vendors including Spyhunter and Spybot S&D.

While we do not list Babylon Toolbar as spyware, we still recommend uninstalling in the most cases. You should leave Babylon installed only if you have installed it by yourself. This is applied for almost all toolbars.

Automatic Babylon toolbar removal tools

 
 
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How to uninstall Babylon and stop the redirects

Babylon toolbar has uninstaller included in most of the cases. However, this might not be the case if it was installed by other toolbar or by some sort of fake Codec. Additionally, uninstaller does not restore default search provider, so you might be stuck with annoying search redirects.

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Babylon toolbar page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete Babylon toolbar part from target field.

  Top How To remove Babylon toolbar from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Babylon hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Babylon toolbar from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Babylon toolbar related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Babylon hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Babylon toolbar virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Babylon toolbar virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Babylon toolbar from the list.

How to remove Babylon toolbar from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Babylon hijacker and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Babylon toolbar, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Babylon toolbar, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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June 17, 2012 20:17, August 9, 2017 07:33
 
   
 

10 thoughts on “Babylon toolbar

10 Comments
  1. Without doubt it will remove adware and trojans, yet there is no babylone trace found.
    So why recommend [this surely nice] spyhunter.
    Pitty that you especially recommend it against babylon items.

    Thanks anyway.
    (y)
    Cor

  2. To remove it in firefox go to Tools – Addson – search for addon “TAB MIX”. Install the addon.
    Open the addon and then go to “Event”. There in the drop down select “New Tab”. Your babylon will be listed there… Change it to whatever Tab you want. I prefer http://www.google.com

    Nothing so difficult

  3. Sangay Thinley :
    To remove it in firefox go to Tools – Addson – search for addon “TAB MIX”. Install the addon.
    Open the addon and then go to “Event”. There in the drop down select “New Tab”. Your babylon will be listed there… Change it to whatever Tab you want. I prefer http://www.google.com
    Nothing so difficult

    You are brilliant. Followed your advice and it worked!! thanks

  4. well i was having the same i have tried every videos ..uninstall programe from my computer then finnaly i found a way but different ways to remove it

    go to- 1.my computer-control panel-program features (look for any babylon features and delete)
    2. start-my computer-local disc (C:) open it douple click on Program files (look for any babylon feature and then delete.
    3. last one i had tried and then it works well.
    open up the firefox icon- on the top left corner theres that firefox icon- click on it then you see the OPTION- cliick option then a box comes up- click on general button- then try and make mozilla firefox as an home page..that will make babylon search go away and remove permanently from your computer thanks

  5. @Sangay Thinley
    Sangay, I lost you. You said to got to install Tab Mix and I did. I went back to addons and found babylon and disabled. It’s still there!! You said to Open the addon..HOW? You said to go to event..WHERE?

    I am not very computer literate but instructions have to cover EVERY aspect of what to do and how to do it. I’m lost and your suggestion didn’t help me. Can you give MUCH MORE COMPLEX instructions so I can get rid of Babylon?

  6. I have tried everything I have found. Babylon still shows in two files after running Spybot S&D about ten times and going back thru to see if I can find and delete the blasted thing. It deleted everything except in my registry value and registry key. It is stuck in my IE Toolbar under
    HKEY_local_machinesoftwareMicrosoftwindowscurrentVersionexplorerBrowser Helper Objects{2EECD738-5844-4a99-B4B6-146BF802613B}.
    and
    HKEY_local_machinesoftwareMicrosoftwindowscurrentVersionexplorerToolbar{988898411-442D-49dd-99D7-DC866BE87DBC}.

    I am not real computer savvy but at my wits end – please help me. I did manage to get it out of google chrome (thank God).

    By the way, warning to others, I obtained this virus from REIMAGE which is a computer repair system. It repaired alright and gave me a virus. When I told them, they just helped me to get it out of the visual toolbar area but now get rid of the virus. They actually got nasty with me, so word of warning to all… REIMAGE is not a good site to use.

  7. Within Firefox, babylon also hides itself in user.js and prefs.js

    You need to manually edit those 2 files and remove all traces of this parasite.

  8. %CommonAppData%Babylon
    %AppData%Babylon (when installed through software bundle)
    C:Program FilesBabylonBabylon Toolbar
    C:Program FilesBabylonBabylon Toolbar[xxx]BabylonToolbarApp.dll

    C:Program FilesBabylonBabylon Toolbar[xxx]BabylonToolbarEng.dll

    ISSTUPID

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