I have read the fora, tried the solutions and none work. Config changes don't help as Babylon is completely unresponsive to those actions.
The quick and easy way to remove babylon and restore your settings is to do a reset - Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings
If you want to be sure to not to change to many other things, you can remove the babylon add-ons and then use the search reset add-on to change back the settings that babylon changed. Instructions for that are here - Remove a toolbar that has taken over your Firefox search or home page
Thank you but I have to add that solution to the long list of things that do not work. A heard drive reformat is the only real answer so far.
Babylon virus is a very pernicious bug. All previous solutions no longer work. I am concerned that a program so embedded may have serious intentions and consequences. It is beyond Mozilla/Chrome control and that can only mean damaging intentions in the future. It is designed so that users give up and just continue to use it. It's functionality can be turned at any time. National security? Possible. Mozilla needs to attack this legally. And they must release a software patch. Urgent.
jaguar6cy, you should totally be able to remove Babylon without reinstalling Windows (that is a very drastic solution for this simple problem):
First, do the following:
go to Start, Control Panel, Uninstall a program. You'll need to uninstall everything in here related to Babylon (Babylon Toolbar, Babylon, B-manager, broswerprotection, etc. Restart your Computer after removing.
Then, open up Firefox. Go to the Firefox button, then Add-ons, then Extensions. remove anything related to Babylon. restart Firefox.
Then, install https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/sea
\You shouldn't be seeing Babylon after this. if you do, let me know where it is and I'll help you further.
Hello, Did the first two multiple times. The add on was just installed. FFX restarted. About config shows 3 Babylon entries rather than 30. But that is not significant because Babylon reinstalls itself. eg. A config search copy/paste shows: browser.search.defaultenginename;Search the web (Babylon) browser.search.order.1;Search the web (Babylon) browser.search.selectedEngine;Search the web (Babylon) I could reset them again, but I have already done that many times. The 30 Babylon entries always reinstall.
MalwareBytes and MS Security do not identify it either. This is more than a common virus, it is too embedded. Someone needs this to be pervasive and ready.