Babylon Virus

Also Known As: Search.babylon.com Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: Moderate
Damage Level

Babylon virus removal instructions

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 - search.babylon.com redirect virus

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. 

Babylon virus removal:

babylon toolbar uninstall screen


Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Babylon" and "Babylon for IE" and click Uninstall.

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Babylon" and "Babylon for IE" and click 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.

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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:

babylon toolbar internet explorer
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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 "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) 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.

Remove search.babylon.com virus from Google Chrome:

babylon toolbar google chrome

Click on the wrench icon (top right of the screen), 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 on the wrench (bars) icon, 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 on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Babylon Search" and add or select your preferred search engine.

Remove search.babylon.com virus from Firefox:

babylon toolbar firefox

Click "Tools" (at the top of the 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 "Tools", then select "Options", in the open window, remove search.babylon.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

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 left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the open drop down menu, choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window, click on the "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:

BabylonToolbarsrv.exe

Remove these Babylon virus registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Babylon Client"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Babylon
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BabylonToolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Babylon
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Babylon\Babylon Client
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BabylonToolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BabylonToolbar\BabylonToolbar
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\BabylonIEPI.DLL
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\BabylonTC.EXE
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BabyDict
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Babylon\Babylon Client
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BabylonToolbar
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BabylonToolbar\BabylonToolbar
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:

%ProgramFiles%\BabylonToolbar\BabylonToolbar
%ProgramFiles%\BabylonToolbar
%AppData%\BabylonToolbar\BabylonToolbar
%AppData>%\BabylonToolbar

Summary:

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:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

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:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

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.

If you have additional information on Babylon Virus or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Comments 

 
#8 dana 2013-01-21 15:12
OMG. Since november I have had to have my computer tech take it off my home pc two times costing me 130 each time because of the long time it took to remove. THIS IS A HORRIBLE thing. [I agree with sszorzin we should be compensated!!]
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#7 sszorin 2013-01-12 07:44
Quoting Justin:
I have the exact same problem "Joe" has. When i open up google chrome it doesn't go to the home screen but to a white blank screen with the refresh, home, etc. buttons and when I tried all these i never found evidence of Babylon even though spybot finds exactly 10 entries every time and i can't remove it because its still "in use" and when i start up like it says, it doesn't run and babylon stays. Help pls

What worked for me was deleting the search engine and then re-installing it.
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#6 sszorin 2013-01-12 07:42
Quoting babylon support team:
Hello, I'm from babylon support team.... contact us at support@babylon .com

If you are "from babylon support team" then you work for and support a criminal outfit. On amazon.fr I wanted to hear an album music samples and clicked on the Realplayer button. With the Realplayer program babylon toolbar sneaked in into my computer. From then on everything slowed down considerably, every 30 seconds or so some stupid pop-up kept appearing on the screen, like some vandalistic spray-painting. Babylon evilware managed to hide on the hard drive and could not be deleted. In the end I had to delete the Windows Explorer.
How dare you invade somebody's privacy and have your satanic, babylonian Talmud-like, program installed in somebody's computer without a permission. You cost me an aggravation and loss of time. You are obliged to pay me a compensation. You can pay through Paypal. Reply that you are ready to pay the compensation for damages.
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#5 babylon support team 2013-01-06 03:48
Hello, I'm from babylon support team. Babylon toolbar is actually very easy to remove. For the full and quick instructions please follow this link: babylon.com/uninstall_searc h Need more? contact us at support@babylon .com
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#4 Jon 2012-11-23 10:12
It took me several hours over a couple weeks to get rid of all the stuff that Babylon Toolbar inserted into my computer. Using Control Panel's Add-Remove Programs only did some of the removal, and using my antimalware program (Vipre) wasn't much help. Also, Windows XP's Search function only found some of the components. I also had to go into my browsers' settings (IE, Firefox, Chrome) to do come cleanup, and even that wasn't complete - I eventually had to uninstall Chrome completely. I finally had to risk going into Windows Registry to find and delete the entries line by line. What a superpain! It was downloaded without my knowledge/permission, when I downloaded the free SplashLite app.
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#3 Anthony 2012-11-19 23:11
Justin in Spybot go into advanced mode and click settings, then settings again, automation, system start then click 'run program once at system start' then exit spybot and restart. After the scan delete the bad stuff and exit spybot. Next in chrome under the On Startup menu click on set pages highlighted in blue and delete babylon. Delete babylon from search engines and I hope that is it!
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#2 Justin 2012-11-11 18:49
I have the exact same problem "Joe" has. When i open up google chrome it doesn't go to the home screen but to a white blank screen with the refresh, home, etc. buttons and when I tried all these i never found evidence of Babylon even though spybot finds exactly 10 entries every time and i can't remove it because its still "in use" and when i start up like it says, it doesn't run and babylon stays. Help pls
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#1 Joseph Nowakowski 2012-09-22 15:58
I followed all of the instructions above, but when I run Spybot as administrator I still get a hit on Babylon, but the can't clean it because it's still in use (in memory). I didn't find any files or indications Babylon was still present when I followed the instructions you gave. Now, Babylon seems to be dormant and doesn't come up when I open a new tab in Firefox, but the Spybot notice bothers me. Since it seems to be inactive, should I stop worrying about it?

Thanks,

Joe
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