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How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

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How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

I keep cleaning out my internet file, and deleating babylon but the dam thing keeps comming back. It is taking over my computer and I dont know how I got it in the first place. BUT want it out of here in a big way. TAKE ME BACK TO GOOGLE SEARCH!

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

babylon is a browser hijacker , a pup potentially unwanted programme. Merely by deleting the searches and deleting babylon entries does not solve this problem as the tool bar changes the master boot record. The solution is Hi, it is a case of browser hijack when you downloaded some software. The best way is to boot your computer in safe mode, pressing f8 and then select when you boot and then go to start, then run and type "regedit", go to edit menu , and then to find menu and find for babylon*.* and delete all the entries by choosing f3 key, to find another and so on , connected with babylon. It is also possible that the tool bar have entries in the master boot record. So , go to START, Computer, right click the properties and turn off system restore. Have the installation cd, and when prompt from cd comes enter to boot installation cd, and then when windows show start windows screen, select R for repairing and then enter 1 and password to go to c:\windows. Type FIXMBR to fix the unwanted entries other than the windows default mbr entries. Select yes if a warning message comes and then exit. Your problem would be getting solved. If you download, download from major geek instead of usual free download sites, which are carriers for these browser hijackers. Thank you and reply if the problem is solved. I used these methods to get rid of funmoods, blekko , incredible and babylon tool bars. I do not know how to refer my answers to this question and hence copied it. This will solve the problem toto

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

If you are not a trained professional be careful with going into the registry and Master boot Record (as outlined in the above answer) as it can be quite dangerous. I would rather try something like the below solutions, it might be a bit easier and you don't run the risk of permanently damaging your Windows Installation or losing Data.

Scan for Malware

Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try some of the following programs to scan for malware:

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Uninstall Programs

  1. Click Start
  2. Then click Control Panel
  3. Then find the Add or Remove Programs (Or Uninstall a Program)
  4. Find any programs with the same name as the issue you are trying to fix (Babylon, funmoods, etc.)
  5. Uninstall them.

Reset Firefox

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.


Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

Sir, I do not thing I have given some wrong procedure as claimed by Tyler downer. I have gone through extensively to write this answer. If mbr is affected, restoring the windows mbr default proved to be the best solution. You need not be an computer expert to do that. Nothing will happen if anybody tries to reset to the default mbr. Normally the threats are inserted to mbr, so that you could not remove, these kind of browser hijackers in the first place. Secondly, some may try to change your hosts file. The solution will work without anyfurther damage to the computer. Thanks for the remarks.

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

Finally (hopefully) free of Babylon Search at last! Thanks for the last step! Prior to reading your post I had: (1) removed Babylon Search as a Firefox extension using Firefox itself (2) deleted the Babylon program using control panel (3) removed all references to Babylon in registry using regedit (4) reset all references to Babylon in Firefox using about:config At that point Babylon Search no longer appeared to be functional but the references to it would reappear in Firefox when it was closed and reopened - it looked like it was just waiting to reassert itself! Forcing recreation of the prefs.js file did not purge them either. The final step was the Firefox reset under help.

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

yes, the last solution WORKS, go to "help' , 'trouble shooting information' , 'reset firefox' button, BINGO, thank you very much , you stupid babylon mysearch

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

This is the solution, Dear Sir/Mam,

thank you for taking the time to write us.

Please accept my apology for any inconvenience.

please 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 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 I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to write to me again.

Best regards,

Babylon Support Team | Babylon Ltd. Or do what I did I contact then.

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

From the ongoing replies , one will not know which is the correct or probable solution and which is not. Most of the things mentioned about, are to me, appears to be beating round the bush instead of straightly killing the enemy. By cleaning the mbr and deleting the registry entries this browser menace could be got rid ofF.

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

The best option is to go to our removal site and see how to remove Babylon quickly and easily

http://www.babylon.com/uninstall_search/firefox

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Re: How do I get rid of Babylon search?? I hate it and want my old google back.

Hi, everybody while thanking the babylon ltd for the solution, i do not know, why it is installed against the wish of the user, whether he opts or not it is silently inserted to your system. Why this is so? I would request the babylon ltd to visit your forum and they will find that so many users of your forum ask how to get rid of this tool bar. My solution has worked for me. Intricacies of registry entries are very hard to find and i do hope that every ltd is having the option of the program that user want to be left with the users, without directly or indirectly allow.pl see these links also http://home.mcafee.com/virusinfo/virusprofile.aspx?key=1063106#none https://community.mcafee.com/message/252839