Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Babylon virus removal instructions
What is Babylon?
Babylon Toolbar is an annoying browser toolbar that changes your Internet browser default search engine, homepage, and displays deceptive ads. This toolbar self-installs on all major browsers including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. While this toolbar is not malware or a virus, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program or adware. You should keep this toolbar only if you have willingly installed it, since most commonly, Babylon Toolbar is bundled with free software and is available to download through software distribution websites such as download.com and many others. Be aware that installation of the Babylon toolbar will lead to browser slowdowns, privacy issues, and it can lead to serious malware and virus infections (through deceptive ads).
In many cases, computer users install Babylon Toolbar unwillingly in the belief that they downloaded and installed a free program. If you decide to remove Babylon toolbar, you will be unable to fully uninstall it and your default search engine (most commonly Google or Bing) will remain as search.babylon.com
To completely remove this toolbar, you need to manually remove it from all of your Internet browsers. While the translation services provided by Babylon Toolbar are useful, the deceptive installation methods and misleading ads make this toolbar an unwanted program (adware).
Babylon Toolbar is detected as an unwanted application by many anti-spyware vendors. (Spybot Search and Destroy, SpyHunter, StopZilla, etc.) PC users who decide to remove this toolbar from their computer can use the 'Add or Remove Programs' (Windows XP) or 'Programs and Features' (Windows 7) options within their operating systems. Unfortunately, however, this will not fully remove Babylon Toolbar from users' systems. Babylon adware is similar to the Delta search unwanted browser extension. To fully remove it, follow these manual removal steps, and an additional scan with a legitimate anti-spyware program is then recommended.
- What is Babylon?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Babylon, Babylon for IE applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Babylon redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Babylon browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Babylon homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Babylon manually by deleting filles and registry entries.
Babylon virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Babylon, Babylon for IE", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Babylon Toolbar, which causes Internet browser redirects to search.babylon.com, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program 'detects' to ensure your PC is clean of any possible spyware and malware infections.
Search.babylon.com virus removal from Internet browsers:
Uninstalling Babylon Toolbar is not enough; remove the remaining unwanted components from your Internet browsers manually.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove search.babylon.com virus from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Babylon Toolbar related entries (Babylon Toolbar, Babylon toolbar helper, Babylon IE plugin, babylonToolbar.com) and disable them.
Change your homepage:
To change your homepage from search.babylon.com to your preferred website: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the open window, remove search.babylon.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Search the web (Babylon)".
If you continue having problems with redirects to search.babylon.com, you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove search.babylon.com virus from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Babylon Translator", select it and click on the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
To change your homepage from search.babylon.com to you preferred website - click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.babylon.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Babylon Search" and add or select your preferred search engine.
If you continue having problems with the removal of search.babylon.com browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove search.babylon.com virus from Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Babylon", "Babylon Spelling and Proofreading", "Babylon Translation and Activation".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the open window, remove search.babylon.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with redirects to search.babylon.com, you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.
Manual Babylon virus removal:
If you were unable to remove Babylon Toolbar using the steps above, use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Babylon virus processes:
Remove these Babylon virus registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Babylon Client"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Translate this web page with Babylon
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Translate with Babylon
Delete these Babylon virus files:
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Babylon Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Babylon Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Babylon Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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