Babylon Search Hijacker

This article is all about browser hijacker known as Babylon Search. Removal guide and simple ways to protect your computer from this threat is also part of this topic.

Babylon Search (search.babylon.com) is a browser hijacker that replaces your default home page with a search bar. However, creators of Babylon Search insist that it is an add-on for Internet browsers. In fact, it requires user’s approval to be installed inside the computer. It comes bundled when installing other programs that you may download for free. Upon installation of the program, it prompts you whether you want to install it using the default settings or customized version. Most often, Babylon Search will get loaded into the system when selecting default installation method.

However, some may contest that Babylon Search should have provided an option to be removed from the system if needed. Without this component, other may consider it as an adware that withhold itself once installed.

At any rate, if you want to remove Babylon Search browser hijacker and stop getting redirected to search.babylon.com, simply follow the guide below. Using this guide, you may be able to replace the default home page, and search page on the affected browser and delete the Babylon Search entry from the list.

TypeHijacker
Sub-TypeAdd-ons
OS AffectedWindows

What are the Symptoms of Babylon Search Hijacker?

Once this adware is installed, it launches a new tab window when the browser is opened. The page contains a search bar similar to image you can see below.

Babylon Search Hijacker

Follow these Procedures to Remove Babylon Search

Procedure 1 : Uninstall Babylon Search

Procedure 2 : Scan computer in Safe Mode using Anti-Malware Tool

Procedure 3 : Remove Babylon Search from Internet Explorer

Procedure 4 : Uninstall Babylon Search from Mozilla Firefox

Procedure 5 : Delete Babylon Search from Google Chrome

Procedure 1: Uninstall Babylon Search from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.

cpanel-win8

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for the name Babylon Search or any related term. Please note that the adware may change the title anytime. Once found, please select the item you wanted to remove.

NOTE: To represent Babylon Search, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Babylon Search may use other names or terms such as the following: Babylon, Montiera, Funmoods, Facemood

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.
5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Anti-Malware Tool

In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of Babylon Search. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, Windows 8 will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.

win8-recovery

- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.

win8-safemode

Scan and remove Babylon Search files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Babylon Search, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Babylon Search Removel Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3: Manually remove settings created by Babylon Search on Internet Explorer

If the hijacker was not removed properly during the scan, you can use this guide to uninstall it from the computer. We prepared procedures to remove this unknown search program from various Internet browsers including Internet Explorer 8/9, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Uninstall Babylon Search from Internet Explorer 8:

1. Launch the program Internet Explorer 8.
2. On top menu, please navigate to Tools > Internet Options.

Internet Options

3. It will open the options window; make sure that you are viewing the General tab. Look for the area that says "Search" and click the Settings button.

IE 8 Search Settings

4. You will see a list of search providers. Select your preferred search provider and click the button Set as default to replace Babylon Search.

IE Unknown Search

NOTE: To represent Babylon Search, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Babylon Search may use other names or terms such as the following: Babylon, Montiera, Funmoods, Facemood

5. You may now remove Babylon Search from the list. Highlight the item and click on Remove button.

For Internet Explorer 9:

1. Launch the program Internet Explorer 9.
2. On top menu, please navigate to Tools > Internet Options.
3. On General tab, proceed to Change search defaults and click the Settings button.
4. You will see a list of search providers. Select your desired search provider and click the button Set as default to replace Babylon Search.
5. You may now remove Babylon Search from the list.

Procedure 4: Instructions to uninstall Babylon Search from Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch the program Mozilla Firefox.
2. On the address bar, type about:config and press Enter on the keyboard to view the list of preferences.

About Config

3. If it display a warning message stating that the action might void your warranty, just click "I'll be careful, I promise!"

Configuration Warning

4. Type Babylon Search (or Root Name Only) in the search box to display the list of references that were altered by the adware. Please refer to the image below.

5. There is no button to remove the preference set by Babylon Search. All you need to do is restore it to Firefox's default settings. Right-click on the item and select Reset from the drop-down list.

Reset Config

6. After resetting all affected preferences, you can now restart Firefox.

7. Navigate to toolbar and on Google's Search box, click the arrow down sitting right beside the 'G' logo.

Manage Search Engines in Firefox

8. Click on Manage Search Engines... from the drop-down list to see all search engines installed in Firefox.
9. Choose your preferred default search provider by placing it at the top most position. Highlight the item and click on Move up until it reaches the first spot.

Firefox Default Search

NOTE: To represent Babylon Search, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Babylon Search may use other names or terms such as the following: Babylon, Montiera, Funmoods, Facemood

10. To remove Babylon Search from Firefox, highlight on its name and click the Remove button.

Procedure 5: Delete Babylon Search from Google Chrome

1. Launch the program Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon on top right corner of the browser.

Google Chrome Settings

3. Choose Settings from the drop down list. It will open a window containing Google Chrome settings.
4. Find the area that says "Search". This is located in the middle part of the page.

Manage Search Engines in Google Chrome

5. Click on Manage search engines. It will show a list of Search engines including the default one.
6. Mouse-over to your preferred search engine and click Make default.

Remove Unknown Search in Chrome

NOTE: To represent Babylon Search, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Babylon Search may use other names or terms such as the following: Babylon, Montiera, Funmoods, Facemood

7. Then, to remove Babylon Search from Google Chrome, mouse-over to that item and click on the X mark.

Protect your PC from Babylon Search or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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15 Responses to“Babylon Search Hijacker”

  1. slevak
    August 1, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    My computer is hijack by this babylon search and it redirects my browser to search.babylon.com. I followed your procedure and it works. I was able to save my Chrome. Thanks a lot man.

  2. Babylon Support
    October 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Go to Control Panel, click Programs (software).

    Uninstall “Browser Manager” + “Bprotector” + “Object Installer” + “Babylon Toolbar on IE”

    Then depending on which browser you use , follow the relevant steps:

    ———————-Firefox —————————

    > Open a new Firefox window (website)

    > Go to Tools> Options> and go to change your order, the Home. ( f.e http://www.google.de) and click OK.

    > Remove the search engine of Babylon by clicking the small arrow next to the icon of Babylon

    > Manage Search Engines

    > select Babylon and Remove

    > Close Firefox and open again

    > write in the address Bar “about:config ” and click Enter

    > Write in the search engine “Babylon.”

    > Click on any ‘Babylon’ preferences with the right mouse button and select “Reset”

    In the following video you can see how to change TAB URL :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yPX-ZJ5fQc&feature=related

    —————————– Chrome ————————————————-

    Open Google Chrome and click on the “wrench” icon:

    Click> Settings , choose the option “Open a particular page or set of pages.”

    Click “Set Pages” on page Babylon and delete from the list.

    To change the search engine in Google Chrome, please follow the instructions below:

    Open Google Chrome on the “wrench” icon on the right side of the address bar, click:

    Settings> Under “Search”, click “Manage Search Engines …”.

    If you see “Babylon Search” as a standard (default), select please another search engine as the default from (Google, Bing, etc.). Only then will you Babylon You can remove by clicking the little ‘X’.

    ——————————— Internet Explorer (IE) ———— ————————————-

    Open your Internet Explorer browser, click on “Tools”, then “Internet Options” and in the section “Tabs” click on “Settings”. It will open a new window, on the option “When a new tab is opened, open:” in the drop-down menu please choose “Your first homepage”. Then click OK, Apply and OK.

    if you still need further assistance please contact us at Babylon Support at:

    Phone-18668086361 (US)
    Email: Support@babylon.com
    Website for Chat and Q& A : http://support.babylon.com/

  3. Riz
    October 29, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Thank you so much! i removed this babylon search engine on my laptop! thanks again!

  4. Illjord
    November 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    To Babylon Support regarding your post here: Do you not realize based on the length of your “uninstall” process alone that your business practices are more than suspect, they are dishonest and misleading. Your product is crap and your installation is invasive. When using Google to search for “babylon search” the first 10 hits are pages explaining how to uninstall your “product”, which is universally regarded as malicious. I would be ashamed to work for you company.

  5. Andy M
    November 19, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Re MOzilla Firefox , I thought this process had all worked but , the RESET under about:config , does not save , when i go back and search for “babylon” they are all still there and the status has
    changed back to “user” from “default” ..does anyone know if there are any keyboard commands to SAVE the changes done under “about:config” ?

  6. Babylon Support
    November 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Illjord

    The length of the process seems long cause we the process for all 3 big web browsers

    if you want to make it even simpler we have opened a special website on how to remove Babylon:

    babylon.com/uninstall_search/index

    Cheers

    Babylon Support

  7. ina
    November 21, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Thanks for the article. We had tried a lot of different things and searched “everywhere,” but following the directions here, step by step, seems to have fixed our problem. Yay!

  8. senchai
    November 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    @Babylon Support, your process works in removing Babylon from all browser, but it didn’t state there on how to remove files that are still hidden inside the computer.

    I have followed your instructions and it mush have removed Babylon. But after running a scan with malwarebytyes, I found some files and registries that are owned by Babylon.

  9. Alison500
    November 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Thanks for the instructions. I inadvertantly acquired Babylon on a laptop when I added VLC Media Player. What a shock! I got rid of the basics (and several of its buddies that jumped on at the same time) by using Windows “uninstall” in the Control Panel. Then I followed your instructions and was appalled to find bits and pieces of Babylon scattered throughout the three browsers I use: Firefox, Chrome & IE8. Again, thanks!

  10. Nicky
    November 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I’ve already done all of the above procedures and was only successful in uninstalling Babylon and removing it from the search engine options to the right. However, the homepage automatically changes back to Babylon every time I restart the computer. I’ve rebooted already about 8 times now. HELP!!

  11. Steve
    December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Babylon Support, instead of linking to ridiculously complex and generally ineffective “solutions”, why don’t you tell us why your degenerate company decided to release this intrusive POS in the first place! I don’t know if spreading this kind of thing is illegal, but if it’s not, it should be. I’d like to see y’all wandering around some public places identified as someone who’s behind this nonsense and see who’s lucky enough to be first in the whup-ass line.

  12. FrankBlank
    December 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    This is from by Pazzer1 – 10/19/12 12:41 PM on CNet and was useful for me. Basically, you find your Firefox profile, rename the .js files, and then, assuming FF works, delete the files you renamed.

    Firefox About:config Babylon entries just keeps coming back because they seem to be regenerated from .js scripts. It took me some days to find what was rewriting the Babylon config entries.
    QUOTE
    “First – made sure Firefox was not running or it will replace files on exit.

    Looked in (user)\Appdate\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles & in my case \upmc4wvb.default (folder).

    This contained several versions of User preference scripts prefs.js, prefs-1.js, prefstemp.js or tempprefs.js
    These usually contain Babylon extension setting lines. (need to view in a js editor e.g. Dreamweaver etc.)
    Delete or rename these pref.js files with harmless filename extensions. Firefox will replace them as required on first subsequent launch of Firefox.”
    UNQUOTE

    It also helps to search (after unhiding files) your hard drive and delete everything that mentions babylon.

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