How do I fully remove Babylon
I'm stuck with a "Babylon" version of the "search the web" facility on the toolbar to the right of the address bar. I've searched for access to it but had no success. Can anyone help?
Chosen solutionby TonyE
If it is a search engine in the search bar, see the Search bar - Easily choose your favorite search engine article for details of how to remove a search engine.
If you have the Babylon Toolbar, follow the procedure in the Disable or remove Add-ons article, in particular the section on uninstalling extensions and themesRead this answer in context 40
The missing link instructions to perform after completing all the above suggestions are:
Type about:config in the URL bar and press enter twice (there is no warranty that comes with FF) Disregard the warning message.
In the filter area type Babylon and press enter. This will bring up entries associated with this search engine.
FF entries that contain values to babylon and it's url, simply change to your preferred search engine. (these entries will not have babylon in the name.)
Entries that have babylon in the name (any location), right click on the entry and select reset.
Close FF and reopen. Magic, it's gone.Go to answer 131
If you remove the software, reset your homepage and change your search engine, you haven't finished the job.
PROBLEM: If you type something in the address bar...you still end up at BABYLON!!!. I contacted Babylon repeatedly and they absolutely refuse to let you know how to fix this.....but after a couple days of research I finally found out how to do it. HERE IS HOW TO GET YOUR COMPUTER BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. click into the address bar in Firefox.......Type "about:config"
2. You will get a warning about your warranty.....bypass this.
3. In the next screen....type......"Babylon" in the Filter window (a search in the config)
4. You are now in the guts of Firefox.....and where Babylon did it's dirty work. You will find about 5 or six places where Babylon shows up.
5. Highlight each of these entries one at a time, right click and pick "reset".
6. When all have been reset.....close the file.
Open firefox....type something weird into the address bar.as a test...and your browser should start acting normally and faster.....and BABYLON is GONE!by the way, the uninstaller file they tell you to use is identified as TROJAN by McAfee. Sleazy.
By the way, Babylon tries to get you to download an "uninstaller" package:
DO NOT DO IT.....McAfee intercepts it....it contains a TROJAN virus!!!! BEWARE.Go to answer 66
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hi, I just solved the problem with the about:config that was suggested here, thanks.. I am wondering though, what does this babylon all do? Is there any risk with it while having it?
Modified by DragonfisT
I found I had to modify, delete or toggle some of the babylon entries (being a non-geek I'm not sure if that was the right thing to do!) however your solution WORKED!!! Thank you! I no longer have that horrible babylon stuff on my laptop - but I HAVE lost all my bookmarks thanks to babylon which has really really annoyed me :-( Can nothing be done to prevent this kind of sneaky, unprofessional behaviour?
Removing the Babylon toolbar (simpler but effective)
Thanks Martin Brinkmann for that article.
Thank you very much for your help...I finally removed the stupid babylon search bar...greatly appreciated!!! :D
Hey everybody! This is a super easy fix. I figured it out in less than to minutes. Get in to Mozilla Preferences, or in my case The Add-Ons. Then choose extensions. You'll see Babylon Search Bar right away. Simply disable, then remove. It will prompt you to restart mozilla. After that is complete the toolbar is gone for good! Hope this helps. =]
If you want to remove a search engine from the search bar then:
1. Click on the icon on the left of the bar
2. When the drop-down menu appears click on 'Manage Search Engines' (at the bottom)
3. Select the search engine you want to remove
4. Click the 'Remove' button
5. Click 'OK'
Please mark "Solved" one answer that will best help others with a similar problem -- hope this was it
Modified by strongwind
Uninstall Babylon Toolbar - Mozilla Firefox:
1. Click the "Tools" menu in the Firefox browser.
2. Click the "Add-ons" menu item.
3. In the “Extensions Manager” window scroll until you find the “Babylon Toolbar” extension.
4. Click the “Babylon Toolbar” extension.
5. Click "Uninstall".
6. Click “Uninstall" in the "Babylon Toolbar" window.
7. Exit Extensions Manager and restart your browser.
This second time Babylon showed up none of the old ways (from about a year ago of removing it) worked. It simply wasn't listed anywhere that allowed for Uninstall - at least not that I could find. I'm only a semi-computer literate 70 year old grandmother.
Finally I went to Computer
and did a Search for Babylon and Search found four (4) file folders with Babylon in their name/location.
No option to uninstall but I found I could simply drag each file folder - some or all?? containing an exe - to the Recycle Bin - ignoring warnings about doing this - and once I had all four of them in the Recycle Bin (and after I ran the computer for a few hours doing things I normally do and everything seemed to work normally) after several hours ... I held my breath and right clicked on the Recycle Bin and chose Empty Recycle Bin. I then did another Search of the Computer looking for Babylon and found nothing.
Once the four file folders were all in the Recycle Bin the Babylon bar did vanish from my monitor.
So far so good. It hasn't reemerged - yet. It seems too simple but it did seem to work.