According to IT security specialists, Babylon Search Engine is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) from the group of browser hijackers. Once your computer is affected with this hijacker, it takes over your browser such as IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. This hijacker can make changes to your browser’s settings, including new tab page, homepage and default search provider, and installs itself deep inside your PC. This is the main reason why you need to get rid of Babylon Search Engine from your PC system and restore your internet browser search engine and start page back to the default.
Some computer users named this PUP as “Babylon Search Engine virus”, “Babylon Search Virus” or “Babylon Toolbar Virus”, but this does not automatically mean that this program is a virus or in any way deletes or corrupts files on the computer.
Please see some examples from Google below:
- Computer Viruses: I got babylon search … (link)
- How to remove Babylon virus? – Babylon virus back – Forums – CNET … (link)
The reason for this is that many users do not like what the Babylon Search does on their computers:
- Modifying the IE, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Chrome built-in search box and search provider to Babylon Search;
- Changing browser’s home page to Babylon Search;
- Modifying the ‘new tab page’ URL to launch an intrusive webpage.
The Babylon Search will modify your web browser’s search provider so that all searches are sent via Babylon Search Engine, which redirects to Yahoo Search engine which shows the search results for your query. The devs behind this browser hijacker are utilizing legitimate search provider as a way to make money from the advertisements which are displayed in the search results.
What is more, the Babylon Search Engine can analyze your surfing, and gain access to your confidential information and, subsequently, can sell it to third parties. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to remove Babylon Search from your web-browser.
To find out how to remove Babylon Search Engine, we suggest to read the tutorial added to this blog post below. The guide was developed by IT security professionals who discovered a method to get rid of this browser hijacker out of the PC system.
Remove Babylon Search from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge (removal tutorial)
As with removing adware, malicious software or PUPs, there are few steps you may do. We suggest trying them all. If you do only one part of this tutorial, then it should be run a free removal tool, because it should delete this browser hijacker and block any further infection. But to completely delete the Babylon Search Engine you will have to at least reset your web browser settings such as startpage, search engine by default and new tab to default state, remove all unwanted and suspicious apps, and remove hijacker by PUPs removal tools. Some of the steps will require you to restart your PC. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Babylon Search Engine, execute the following steps:
- How to remove Babylon Search Engine without any software
- Scan your computer and remove Babylon Search Engine with free tools
- Block Babylon Search Engine and other undesired web-sites
- Do not know how your internet browser has been hijacked by Babylon Search Engine hijacker?
- Finish words
How to remove Babylon Search Engine without any software
Read this section to know how to manually remove the Babylon Search Engine browser hijacker. Even if the instructions does not work for you, there are several free removers below that can easily handle such hijackers.
Remove suspicious applications using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed apps. We recommend to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and questionable programs, they are the ones you need to remove.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel as shown in the figure below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and remove any dubious and unknown apps.
Remove Babylon Search Engine redirect from Mozilla Firefox
If Mozilla Firefox home page or search engine are hijacked by the Babylon Search Engine, your internet browser shows undesired pop-up advertisements, then ‘Reset Mozilla Firefox’ could solve these problems. When using the reset feature, your personal information like passwords, bookmarks, browsing history and web form auto-fill data will be saved.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker related to Babylon Search Engine start page. After, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
Delete Babylon Search from IE
By resetting Internet Explorer web-browser you return your internet browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as Babylon Search Engine.
First, start the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect.
Remove Babylon Search Engine from Google Chrome
Use the Reset internet browser utility of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings such as homepage, new tab and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of internet browser hijacks like Babylon Search Engine.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as displayed on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Scan your computer and remove Babylon Search Engine with free tools
In order to completely remove Babylon Search Engine, you not only need to remove it from the browsers, but also get rid of all its components in your PC including Windows registry entries. We suggest to download and run free removal tools to automatically clean your personal computer of Babylon Search Engine browser hijacke.
Remove Babylon Search Engine with Zemana Free
Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is a utility which can remove adware, PUPs, browser hijackers from your machine easily and for free. Zemana is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of personal computer resources.
Download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: March 3, 2018
When the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your PC system. Further, open the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, Zemana will automatically run and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker responsible for redirections to Babylon Search Engine. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
Once Zemana has completed scanning, you will be shown the list of all found items on your computer. All found items will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will remove Babylon Search Engine hijacker and other unwanted browser’s extensions, then move threats to the program’s quarantine. When that process is done, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
Run Hitman Pro to remove Babylon Search Engine start page
Hitman Pro is a free removal tool. It removes PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software, hijackers and undesired web-browser addons. It’ll detect and remove browser hijacker responsible for redirections to Babylon Search Engine. Hitman Pro uses very small machine resources and is a portable application. Moreover, HitmanPro does add another layer of malware protection.
Download Hitman Pro from the link below.
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Update: December 8, 2017
Once the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the Hitman Pro desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Further, press “Next” button for scanning your computer for the hijacker related to Babylon Search Engine . This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. When the scan get completed, the results are displayed in the scan report like below.
Review the scan results and then click “Next” button. It will open a dialog box, press the “Activate free license” button.
How to delete Babylon Search Engine with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system of the hijacker. The free tool is an advanced malicious software removal program designed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you get rid of browser hijackers, PUPs, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Installing the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop.
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Update: March 20, 2018
Once the download is complete, close all software and windows on your system. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes on your PC. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button for checking your system for the browser hijacker that reroutes your internet browser to unwanted Babylon Search Engine web-page. This process may take some time, so please be patient. While the utility is checking, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
When the system scan is done, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will open a list of all threats found by the scan. Once you’ve selected what you wish to delete from your computer click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes will get rid of browser hijacker that reroutes your internet browser to annoying Babylon Search Engine web site and add items to the Quarantine. After the clean up is done, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to delete ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers and other malicious software.
Block Babylon Search Engine and other undesired web-sites
In order to increase your security and protect your PC against new intrusive advertisements and malicious web pages, you need to run ad-blocking program that stops an access to malicious advertisements and webpages. Moreover, the program can stop the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as displayed in the figure below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop up ads, browser redirects, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
Do not know how your internet browser has been hijacked by Babylon Search Engine hijacker?
Once you have finished the tutorial above, your machine should be clean from this hijacker and other PUPs. The MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer will no longer open Babylon Search on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the intrusive Babylon Search Engine .