Babylon Virus

Also Known As: Search.babylon.com Redirect
Distribution: Moderate
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).

Babylon toolbar rogue program

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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Quick menu:

Babylon virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Babylon toolbar uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

babylon toolbar internet explorer
Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 Internet Explorer options 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)".

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

babylon toolbar google chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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 Google Chrome options 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 Google Chrome options 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.

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

babylon toolbar firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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 firefox menu icon (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.

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • 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:

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:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
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