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.

Babylon Search and Toolbar – Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Babylon Search from your computer

Babylon may install two programs (Babylon and Babylon toolbar for IE developed by Babylon) on your computer, which we will need to uninstall.

  1. To uninstall Babylon Toolbar program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. Seach and uninstall Babylon, Babylon toolbar on IE, Yontoo, BrowserProtect and any other programs related to Babylon LTD.
    [Image: Uninstall Search Babylon ]

Please note that on some computers these programs might be renamed or missing, search for any program developed by Babylon LTD, and uninstall it from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the Babylon Search residual damage from your browser

Babylon has installed a browser extension, has changed your homepage to isearch.babylon.com, and has changed your default search engine.

Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explorer

  1. Remove Babylon Search add-ons from Internet Explorer.
    Open Internet Explorer,then click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and then  select Manage add-ons.
    [Image: Manage Add-ons in Internet Explorer]
    From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select Babylon toolbar, Babylon toolbar helper, Babylon IE plugin, babylonToolbar.com and everything related to Babylon Ltd, and click on Disable.
    [Image: Babylon Internet Explorer add-ons]
  2. Set Internet Explorer default search engine from isearch.babylon.com to Bing.
    To change your default search engine, click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] , select Manage Add-ons, and then, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.
    Select Bing, and click Set Default, then click on Search the Web (Babylon) in the list and click on Remove.
    [Image: Babylon Search Internet Explorer hijack][Image: Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explorer]
  3. Change your Internet Explorer home page from http://isearch.babylon.com/ to its default
    To change your home page, click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] , select Internet Explore options, and in the General tab,under the Home page section, click on Use default to restore Internet Explorer default home page.
    [Image: Set Internet Explorer to its default homepage]

Remove Babylon Search from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Remove Babylon Search extension from Firefox.
    At the top of the Firefox window, click the orange Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
    Firefox addon menu
    Select the Extensions tab, then remove Babylon toolbar, Yontoo, Babylon OCR, babylonToolbar.com and any other extensions related to Babylon Ltd from Mozilla Firefox.
    [Image: Babylon Firefox extensions]
  2. Reset your default search engine and home page from Babylon Search to their default.
    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.
    You can download SearchReset from the below link, and then we will just need to install it to revert Firefox to its default settings.
    SEARCHRESET DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open another web page from where you can download the SearchReset Firefox extension)
    [Image: SearchReset extension]

Remove Babylon Search from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Babylon extensions from Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) Babylon toolbar, Yontoo, Babylon OCR, babylonToolbar.com and any other extensions related to Babylon Ltd from your Google Chrome.
    [Image: Babylon Chrome extensions]
  3. Set Google Chrome default search engine from isearch.babylon.com/ to google.com .
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    Search for Search the web (Babylon) in the Search Engines list, and click the X that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Set Chrome search engine from Search the web (Babylon)  to Google]
  4. Change Google Chrome homepage from isearch.babylon.com to its default.
    The Babylon Toolbar has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove Babylon Toolbar registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
     (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok. Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Babylon Toolbar]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for Babylon Toolbar
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Babylon Toolbar from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • 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

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  • 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.