Babylon Search Hijacker

By | July 31, 2012 | 15 Comments

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.

Type Hijacker
Sub-Type Add-ons
OS Affected Windows

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

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

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.

Accessing Control Panel in Windows 8 and Windows 10

- On your keyboard, Press Windows Key + X.
- Once Quick Access Menu appears on the screen, please click on Control Panel.
- Control Panel window will open. Please proceed to the next step which is uninstalling Babylon Search.

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

2. To uninstall Babylon Search, click on Uninstall a program under Programs Section. It will open a Program and Features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for Babylon Search title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on Installed On to display recently installed programs.

As observed, this unwanted application is also linked to known malware. You may also look for and delete the following names that were identified with Babylon Search: Babylon, Montiera, Funmoods, Facemood

Uninstall Item

4. Select Babylon Search or any suspicious items and then Click on Uninstall button to remove it from Windows.

5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK button to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. When 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 Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Close all running programs on your computer because we will need to restart Windows on this procedure.
- Press and Hold Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on Restart.
- You will then be presented with Troubleshooting Options.
- Click on Troubleshoot icon.
- Then, Click on Advanced Options icon.
- Select Startup Settings icon and then, Click on Restart button.
- When Windows restarts, it will prompt to choose number from the list of options. Press the number on your keyboard that corresponds to Safe Mode with Networking, commonly number 5.
- Once in Safe Mode, please proceed to the next step which is running a virus scan on the computer.

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

2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 3: Scan and remove Babylon Search files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Babylon Search, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Babylon Search Removal 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, MBAM will launch.

MBAM Scanner

4. Select SCAN from the top menu. Then, click on Threat Scan (Recommended) section.

5. Click on Start Scan to thoroughly scan the computer. Remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program after the process.

Procedure 4: Run extra scan with Junkware Removal Tool

To make sure that no more malicious files linked to Babylon Search are inside the computer, we must run another effective scanner. This time, use Junkware Removal Tool. No installation is necessary with this tool.

Download JRT

1. Click the button above to start the download process. Save the file to your preferred location.

2. Junkware Removal Tool will close all running applications later. So, before executing the file, please Bookmark or Print this page. And then, close all programs.

3. Double-click the JRT.exe file to initiate the tool.

4. It will prompt you to "Press any key to continue."

JRT Scanner

5. Junkware Removal Tool will create a Restore Point and proceed with the scan. Please wait for the scan process to finish.

6. After scanning the computer, JRT will open a Notepad containing scan logs. It may have not find Babylon Search relevant entities, but it will surely delete any malicious items not found in the previous scans.

Procedure 5: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.
2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter.
3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings.
4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by Babylon Search.

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software.
2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options.
3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab.
4. In order to reverse modifications caused by Babylon Search, click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program.
2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information.
3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of Babylon Search.

Reset Firefox

Procedure 6: Run Qualys Online Browser Check

Qualys Browser Check performs a security examination on your browser including installed plug-ins and add-ons. At the end of the scan, this tool will recommend on what to remove and give you steps to resolve any vulnerabilities found on the browser.

1. Open Internet browser application that is affected by Babylon Search.
2. Click Here to visit Qualys Browser Check web site.
3. Next, click on "Scan without installing lugin" link.

Online Browser Check

4. Click on Scan Now button to check and remove Babylon Search and any other malicious add-ons and extensions. You must read and accept "Service User Agreement" to continue.
5. After the scan, you will be presented with Browser Check Summary. Fix any issues and follow the recommendation on the result.

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.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection 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 protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.
3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

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

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

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 Open Menu. 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

15 thoughts on “Babylon Search Hijacker

  1. slevak

    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

    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

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

  4. Illjord

    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

    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

    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

    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

    @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

    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

    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

    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

    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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