What kind of application 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).
More about the Babylon Toolbar
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, Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, 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.
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- 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 redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove Babylon manually by deleting filles and registry entries.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Babylon virus removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
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 malicious add-ons 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 to have problems with removal of the search.babylon.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions 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 to have problems with removal of the search.babylon.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla 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.
Computer users who have problems with search.babylon.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.babylon.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
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 infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit search.babylon.com website?
This search engine generates more revenue for its developers when more people use to browse the Internet. The amount of revenue generated by search.babylon.com depends on the count of users/visitors.
Is visiting search.babylon.com is a threat to my privacy?
Using fake search engines may not be safe when they gather browsing-related and other information about their users.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Most browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics (e.g., browser notifications, intrusive advertisements). It is known that Babylon Toolbar is distributed via software bundles. It hijacks a web browser after users finish installation processes without changing settings available in installers (without deselecting unwanted apps included in installers).
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove a browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove detected browser-hijacking applications. It is worth mentioning that when multiple browser hijackers are present, they may be capable of reinstalling one another. In such cases, all of them have to be removed at once. Since it can be difficult to achieve it manually, we recommend using Combo Cleaner for removal.