How to Remove Babylon Search Toolbar

Babylon Search is the toolbar that just won't die. Don't worry: we've got the tips that will help you put it down—for good.

How to Remove Babylon Search Toolbar

Babylon Search. If you're reading this, chances are you've got this widely-hated software on your system, and you want it gone. Perhaps you've tried uninstalling Babylon already, but it keeps popping up. It's software that just won't die. Read on to see what it is, as well as instructions on how to kill the toolbar and related files for once and for all.

What Is Babylon Search/Toolbar?


The Babylon Search toolbar is frequently categorized as a browser hijacker because it takes control of the Web browser and does things the user may not have specifically requested. For example, even if you set your "home" page, Babylon will display its own site. Or when you try to get to Google or Bing to perform a search, the browser will redirect to Babylon Search (search.babylon.com). A toolbar will also appear at the top of your browser window.

The Babylon Search toolbar is frequently categorized as a browser hijacker because it takes control of the Web browser and does things the user may not have specifically requested.

It's technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a "PUP," or potentially unwanted program.

How Did I Get the Babylon Toolbar?

Perhaps you installed one of the many Babylon translation software, such as Babylon 9, Babylon Mac, Language Learning, Live Translation, White Label Apps, Babylon Enterprise, Babylon Electronic Dictionary, Writing Solutions, English for Kids, Babylon Mobile. Any of these products can install the browser toolbar. What's even more likely is that you installed some other application which came with the Babylon search bar and you didn't notice when it got installed—you failed to uncheck it as an optional ride-along during the install process of something you actually wanted. Several applications distributed on CNET's download.com have Babylon Toolbar bundled in, for example. When installed, it hooks itself into Windows, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, making it difficult to remove.



How Do I Get Rid Of Babylon Search?

Removing Babylon software—the toolbar, the browser configuration, everything—is a pretty intensive process, so be prepared to spend some time going through each of the steps. Unlike much common software, just removing Babylon Search from the Control Panel's "Uninstall Programs" and restarting is not enough. It's a good first step, though.

1. Uninstall using Control Panel
If there is an icon for Babylon software in the Windows system tray (next to the clock), right-click and select "Exit" to quit the application. Once it has shut down, open up the Uninstall Programs app under Windows Control Panel and uninstall everything that has a name related to the Babylon Toolbar or Babylon Software. After you have uninstalled the software, you…

2. Remove the Toolbar from Each Browser
The previous step just uninstalled the desktop application; the browser toolbar and browser helper objects (NHO) are still intact. At this point, go into each browser's preferences to disable and remove add-ons and extensions.

For Firefox, go to the Add-ons page under the Tools menu (or click on Ctrl+Shift+A) and search for Babylon Toolbar and additional software under the Extensions and Plugin list. Remove (not Disable) all the ones found.

For Chrome, click on the wrench icon (or 3 horizontal bars on some versions) next to the address bar and look for the equivalent Extensions screen under Tools.

For Internet Explorer, Microsoft Internet Explorer, select "Manage add-ons" under the Tools menu. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab, search for Babylon Toolbar and additional third party add-ons. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the extensions.

3.Remove the Homepage
Babylon Toolbar had overwritten the default Home page with its own URLs. After uninstalling the software and toolbar, you need to reset the browser's Home.

Under Firefox, go back to Tools and select Options. On the General tab, delete search.babylon.com and any other URL listed there. Click "Restore to Default" or freshly type in the new page that should be set as "Home"

The same option is under Tools > Internet Options on Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome keeps the option under "On Startup" under Chrome (the wrench or 3-bar icon) > Settings. Select the "Open a specific page or set of pages" radio button and then click on the Set pages link. Remove all the links here by clicking the X next to the URL. If you want to set a Home page, manually enter the links afresh after removing everything else. If you don't want to set a Home page, after you have removed all the links, select the "Open the New Tab page" radio button.

4.Repair The Search Engine
The browser associates search with Babylon Search, so the next step is to break that connection. This way, search queries won't automatically get redirected to search.babylon.com.
The browser associates search with Babylon Search, so the next step is to break that connection. This way, search queries won't automatically get redirected to search.babylon.com.

On Mozilla Firefox, click on the small search arrow near the search bar at the top of the browser (mine shows up next to the browser icon). Select the Manage search engines… option and remove any Babylon related search engine listed here.

On Internet Explorer, click on Tools and then Manage add-ons to see the "Search Providers" list. Remove any Babylon related search engine listed here.

From the Chrome icon (wrench or 3-bars), click on Customize, and then Settings. In the Search section click the Manage search engines… button and remove any references to search.babylon.com and or other Babylon search provider by clicking the X next to the name.

If Babylon search doesn't appear or can't be removed, it's possible that it is set as the default search engine and cannot be removed. At this point, choose another search engine, such as Google or Bing as default, which will make the Babylon search visible again.

5. Clear Cookies, Browser Data
Finally, purge the browser data and cookies entirely to remove all traces of the software. Browsers generally let you do a remove all files from the beginning of time option, instead of one that's only a week, or a month, etc. Just clear it all out entirely to make sure you got them all.

6. Reset the Browser
If we are going all-nuclear on the browser, let's reset it. Resetting preserves your personal data but restores everything else to the default settings. (This will affect what you set for Home in the earlier step.)

On Firefox, click on Help, and then select Troubleshooting Information. On the left side of the resulting page, there is a button marked "Reset Firefox." Confirm that you do want to reset the browser, which will close the window and reset all the settings. It's extreme, but the Reset option is a great way to get aggressive software such as Babylon out of your browser entirely.

Resetting Internet Explorer is a little different in Windows 8 and in earlier versions of Windows. For Windows 7, Vista, and earlier, you need to exit all programs, including Internet Explorer, and open the "Internet Options" app from Control Panel. In the Internet Properties dialog box, click on Advanced tab, and then under Reset Internet Explorer settings, click Reset. Go ahead and select the checkboxes to remove browsing history, search providers, accelerators, home pages, ActiveX Filtering data, and etc.

In Windows 8, you reach the Internet Options dialog box by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and clicking on search. Enter Internet options in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.

Chrome accomplishes the same thing by letting you create a new browser profile, and then deleting the old one. After closing the browser entirely, navigate to Google Chrome's "User Data" directory. The profile is located under "Default." Rename the folder to something else. When you restart Chrome, the browser will create a new Default folder.

Babylon should now be fully removed from your computer. Mozilla Firefox users can check to make sure everything is clean by opening up the browser and typing about:config in the address bar. When Firefox bleats about the dangers of this step, just click on the "I will be careful…" (you will, right?) button. On the resulting page, search for "babylon"—and if everything got removed, nothing will show up. If something does squeak through, right click on each of the entry and select reset.

Helpful Third-Party Software
Since Babylon Toolbar has been known to be bundled in with other adware and malware, it's a good idea to run an antivirus scanner to make sure that nothing has slipped through the cracks. I also like to run Spybot Search & Destroy to look for spyware and adware lurking on the computer. The best time to run these tools are right after uninstalling the software from Control Panel, but you can run them at the end. If nothing else, running Spybot Search & Destroy will help confirm you've gotten every little bit out.

To reset your search engine and homepage to their default, we will use the SearchReset extension.This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.

There is also a Mozilla extension "SearchReset" which helps reset the search engines on the browser to default settings, in case you don't want to do it yourself. There are suggestions on editing all references to Babylon LTD out of the registry, either manually or by using a utility such as AdwCleaner. I didn't need to do any mucking around in the registry on my test machine, and I generally don't recommend users deleting keys unless they know exactly what they are doing.

There you have it: a completely Babylon free computer. Going through all these steps should have taught you one important lesson: The best defense against PUPs like Babylon Search is not to install them in the first place, of course.

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Geronimo Steelton
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Thursday, May 02, 2013 ×

I need help, I have the babylon tool bar whenever I start up firefox. However I cannot find any add on by baylon to remove it in the first place. What should i do?

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Thursday, May 02, 2013 ×

Hello Geronimo!

Please reset Firefox to its default settings:

At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

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Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

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To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, May 02, 2013 ×

I followed the instructions step by step, to remove Babylon from Internet Explorer. This worked perfectly. Thank you for the straight-forward and clear advice.

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Theodor
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Thursday, May 02, 2013 ×

Thank you so much! Great guide – so straight forward and good-hearted!

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Stella
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Thursday, May 02, 2013 ×

Thanks a bunch for the helpful article!!! It was clear, super easy to follow and most importantly- It worked great.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, May 09, 2013 ×

thanks for help, great guide.

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Monday, September 09, 2013 ×

Isn't work in Mozila Firefox. After all steps and after restarting Mozilla this damned home page babylon still exists...


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