How to remove Babylon toolbar

Author: Sebastian Ion



Over the time we’ve had a large number of customers complain about toolbars appearing in their browser. The toolbars modify the browser’s default settings: they change the homepage, the designated search engine and so on. After tracking and identifying the most common toolbars that we found on our users’ computers, we have designed a set of removal procedures.

One of the most widely spread toolbars is Babylon. Some security solutions categorize it as malware, although technically it isn’t.

This toolbar, often regarded as a browser hijacker, is installed, like most toolbars, through other applications and comes bundled in their installation package. It becomes an undesirable program because it modifies the browser settings and hooks deep into the system. It adds its own search engine and most of the time users cannot switch back. Even after setting a home page, your browser will still redirect you to the Babylon home page or search.babylon.com.

Because of its aggressive behavior and distribution, we have created the following removal steps.

STEP 1: Uninstall Babylon and the Babylon toolbar from your computer

  1. Access the Run command by pressing the Windows logo key + R
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in the run text box and hit Enter
  3. Search for Babylon in the list of installed programs, then double click on it to uninstall it

  4. The Babylon uninstaller will start and you’ll see a prompt, from which you will need to select ‘Uninstall’.
  5. After the Babylon uninstall process is complete, go to the Add or remove programs list and search for Babylon toolbar on Internet Explorer. Double click on it to uninstall it. The Babylon toolbar might not show up, but it would be a good idea to double check for it just to make sure.

*Alternate removal:

Browse to C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Utils\ then locate and run uninstbb.exe

STEP 2: Remove Babylon traces from your browser

From Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer’s Internet Options
    • For Internet Explorer 9 or 10: Click on the Tool button (Cogwheel) in the top right corner and click again on Manage Add-ons.
    • For Internet Explorer 8: Click on Tools, then select Manage Add-ons.
  2. In the new window, make sure to select the Toolbars and Extensions category from the left side, then browse for Babylon. If you find traces right click on them and select disable.
  3. Then click on the Search Providers category from the left side of the window, right click on all Babylon traces and select Remove. If it is set as a default search engine, select another one (Bing, Google) and set it as default, then remove Babylon.
  4. Close and open Internet Explorer again. Click on the Tool button (Cogwheel) in the top right corner and select Internet Options.
  5. If the Home Page is set to search.babylon.com, you will need to delete the URL and type a new home page. It can be www.google.com, www.bing.com, www.msn.com, or any other page that you wish to set as your home page.
  6. Click Apply, then OK and restart Internet Explorer in order to apply the settings.

From Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button.
  2. From the new menu select Add-ons. In the new tab browse the Extension sections for any traces of Babylon. Select one at a time and then click on Remove.
  3. Access the Plug-ins category and search for Babylon, then from the right side select Never Activate.
  4. Then click again on the Firefox button in the top left corner, and access Options.
  5. In the General Tab, if the Home Page is set to search.babylon.com, you will need to remove the URL and instead type a new home page. It can be www.google.com, www.bing.com, www.msn.com, or any other page that you wish to set as your home page.
  6. Restart Firefox after performing these steps
  7. Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the address bar and type "about:config".
  8. Press Enter. You will get a warning about "warranty". Click on the button that says, "I'll be careful".
  9. In the next screen type "Babylon" in the Filter window (a search field in the config located at the top of the page).
  10. A list of Babylon results should be displayed afterwards.
  11. Highlight the entries one at a time, right click on them and select "reset";
  12. After you complete this process, simply restart Mozilla and check if Babylon has been removed.

From Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the Chrome menu .Click Tools and then select Extensions.
  2. In the Extensions tab, Remove everything related to Babylon Ltd. from the list (e.g. Babylon Translator) then restart your browser.
  3. Open Chrome again and click on the Chrome menu . Select Settings, then click Manage Search Engines. Select Search the web (Babylon) from the list and click the X that appears at the end of the row. Select Google or another search engine (Bing, Yahoo) from the list to make it your default search engine.
  4. Restart Chrome, then click on the Chrome menu . Select Settings, then change the home page as follows:
    • Add the home button to the browser toolbar
    • The homepage button is off by default. Select the "Show Home button" checkbox in the "Appearance" section to have it displayed in the browser toolbar.
    • Set your homepage
    • When the "Show Home button" checkbox is checked, a web address appears below. If you want the Homepage button to open up a different webpage, click Change to enter a link. You can also choose the New Tab page as your homepage.

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