Remove Babylon Search hijack (Uninstall Guide)

Babylon is a program that offers a web search engine (isearch.babylon.com) and toolbar which are being promoted via other free programs, and once installed on your computer, they will hijack your browser homepage and replace your default search engine.Futhermore, this program will display ads and sponsored links in your search results, and may colect search terms from your search queries.
Babylon Search Firefox
Babylon Search got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker. For example, when you install Unlocker, you’ll also install the Babylon Search, set your browser homepage to http://isearch.babylon.com/ and change your default search engine to isearch.babylon.com/.However, when you uninstall Unlocker from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Babylon Search from your favorite web browser manually.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Babylon Search (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Babylon Search from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove Babylon Search browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 2: Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 3: Remove Babylon Search malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 4: Double-check for the Babylon Search infection with HitmanPro
(Optional) STEP 5: Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

STEP 1: Remove Babylon Search browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for malicious files, adware browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    Click on Scan button to find Babylon Search virus
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “Babylon Search” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “Babylon Search” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove Babylon Search virus with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing Babylon Search virus

STEP 2: Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove Babylon Search browser extensions from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, and will double-check for any other compromised Windows shortcuts.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the Babylon Search virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Babylon Search homepage]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 3: Remove Babylon Search virus from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the Babylon Search virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove the malware that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has found]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while removing viruses]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 4: Double check for the Babylon Search infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Babylon Search malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove Babylon Search malware.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

(OPTIONAL) STEP 5: Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the Babylon Search redirect in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings. This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Reset Internet Explorer


You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear icon[Image: icongear.jpg] in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
    [Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
  2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
  3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings]
  4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
    [Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]

Reset Mozilla Firefox


If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
    [Image: Click on the Menu button then Help]
  2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
    [Image: Troubleshooting Information in Firefox]
  3. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  4. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
  5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Reset Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]

Your computer should now be free of the Babylon Search redirect. If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Babylon Search browse hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

IT’S YOUR TURN TO HELP!

If we have managed to help with your computer issues, then please let other people know that this article will help them!
You can share this article on Facebook,Twitter or Google Plus by using the below buttons.

ABOUT STELIAN PILICI

I am the creator and owner of MalwareTips.com.
My area of expertise includes malware removal and computer forensics. I'm active in the various online anti-malware communities where I do researches for new malware threats as they are released.
I live in Bucharest (Romania), where I run my own local computer repair shop.
I repair both hardware and other operating systems related issues, however most of my business is malware related problems.

You can follow me on Google+ , and I will keep you up-to-date with the latest computer infections and malware threats.

SUPPORT MALWARETIPS! (OPTIONAL)

All our malware removal guides and utilities are completely free!
We do not request any kind of payment for our services, however if you like to support us with our website costs, you can make a small donation. Any amount is appreciated, and will support our fight against malware.
  • Vicky

    Someone please help!!!! I’ve done every one of these things, and whenever I start up Chrome, it opens 5 tabs – one tab being what I asked it to be – and the other 4 are babylon!!! I’ve tried everything, and nothing has worked.

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Lets try to fix your PC:
      1.Please download ZOEK by Smeenk and save it to your desktop (preferred version is the *.exe one) from here: http://hijackthis.nl/smeenk/

      2. Right-click on Zoek icon and select “Run as Administrator” to start the tool.
      Wait patiently until the main console will appear, it may take a minute or two.
      3. In the main box please paste in the following script (between the lines):
      —————————————————–
      createsrpoint;
      autoclean;
      emptyalltemp;
      ipconfig /flushdns;b
      ——————————————————-
      4.Make sure that Scan All Users option is checked.
      5. Push Run Script and wait patiently. The scan may take a couple of minutes.

  • Peter

    Thank you soooooooooo much !!!!!!

  • Riku

    THANK YOU SO MUUUUUCH! I was trying to kill that thing for a while now. It drove me nuuuuts! You’re aweoooooooome!!!

  • lo ma

    thanks a lot! Thanks to you, i managed to uninstall hateful babylon!

  • Erbin

    Thanks a lot, it worked great!!

  • ismeh

    thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou defeated is the monster! :D

  • JV

    Thank you.

    I was on the verge of tears. I hate it when this happens.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,

    Lets try to remove this nasty program:

    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Waiting for your reply to see how everything is running…

  • Frank

    Very good post with easy to follow instructions. Thank you

  • Joanne Hollett

    Fantastic thank you for helping me get rid of this annoying programme!

  • Darkflamemaster

    my computer is now purged from the sinful existance of babylon.

  • Clive

    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.

  • Sandy

    Great! Solution with clear instructions and relevant download links; Finally able to get rid of Babylon. However, the HitMan Pro did not remove infected files, though it detected 13 files, and I had activated the free license

  • Michael

    Spot on!
    I’ve been trying to remove this hijack for some time and this worked perfectly. Thanks!

  • Mark

    I followed the instructions step by step. Very clear and precise. Was amazed to find so much trash on my son’s computer. Thank you.

  • jonaimin

    Thank you!

  • Toy

    thanks man.worked like a charm.really got me freaked

  • Batfred

    Sweet idiots guide! Followed with minimal stress and maximum results. Cheers

  • Albert

    worked well – thanks for posting

  • Amy

    Dear Stelian,

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

  • Lara

    Hi, I searched in my programs and features section in order to uninstall the search engine, however it is not there. The IE always seems to use this bab engine by default. I installed the other malware programs that you have suggested and they just don’t seem to be able to pick it up :-(
    How come is it hidden in my programs and features?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Lara,
      It may have a different name on your computer, search for any unwanted program and uninstall it from your computer.
      Did you run Adwcleaner?

  • Teresa

    Ahhh so brilliant!! Million thanks!

  • Fred

    This was the only complete solution I found… and I searched extensively, trying numerous suggestions with no real results. Many thanks for the help!

  • Joe

    Great stuff from a fellow football fan. Thanks for the assist!

  • Kathy

    Awesome. Thanks for the help

  • mark

    many thanks for telling me how to get rid of babylon toolbar. your guide was easy to follow for a computer muppet like me.