The Trap Behind Babylon Toolbar

Dec 20

Sometimes even legitimate software products that are supposed to improve your everyday browsing experience can cause a lot of trouble. This can be attributed to Babylon Toolbar, considering the fact that a lot of users express the wish to get rid of it while the reality is that Babylon Toolbar is a browser plug-in that comes from a legitimate source. However, if a user wants to remove Babylon Toolbar, then there has got to be a reason behind, hasn’t it?

To overview the history of Babylon Toolbar, the first version of Babylon, that is an online dictionary, was launched back in 1997 by Babylon Ltd. By the year 2000 the product had over 4 million users and it experienced a steady growth. Babylon Toolbar has been and is offered for free. This tool allows the user to instantly translate a text online from and into 75 languages. Now you might wonder why Babylon would be so willing for you to download and install a toolbar for free. The reason is that the company generates the revenue through online search engines and pay-per-click advertising services.

With everything looking so nice, why is Internet full of users’ complaints regarding Babylon Toolbar? That can be attributed to the intrusive nature of the Toolbar. Microsoft Antivirus products identified Babylon as software that exhibits intrusive behavior back in 2010. What is more, this year Babylon Search Toolbar itself was identified as a browser hijacker due to the fact that it is very easy to install accidentally, but getting rid of the toolbar might be harder than you think.

Users often claim that they have not installed Babylon Search Toolbar themselves or they have no idea how it appeared on their browser. The thing is that you really install Babylon Toolbar on your computer yourself most of the time. It happens when you do not take notice what is written on the installation wizard. Since Babylon is a legitimate software, it gives you an option whether you to install the toolbar or not.

Things turn for worse when you want to remove Babylon Toolbar from your computer. Generally, the usual uninstall via Control Panel should work just fine, yet sometimes (especially when the toolbar comes bundled with other freeware), it might resists being removed. If you are not a computer expert it can be very frustrating. In such cases users are encourage to download and install a computer security tool that is able to detect Babylon Toolbar as a potentially unwanted program, and remove it automatically.

Automatic malware removal tool is always a good idea, because Babylon Toolbar commonly exposes you to pop-up advertisements that might be responsible for other dangerous files arriving at your system. Hence, do not hesitate to safeguard your computer against various threats, when you remove Babylon Toolbar for good. If you want to remove Babylon Toolbar manually, follow the instructions below.

First, you have to uninstall Babylon Toolbar from your Windows:

Windows Vista & 7

  1. Start Menu –> Control Panel
  2. Select View by: Category
  3. Click Uninstall a program under Programs.
  4. Select Babylon products on the installed programs list, and remove them.

Windows XP

  1. Start Menu –> Control Panel –> Add or Remove Program
  2. Highlight Babylon products on the programs’ list and uninstall them.

Next, remove Babylon Toolbar from your browsers:

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt key for the menu bar to appear.
  2. Click Tools –> Manage Add-ons
  3. On Toolbars and Extensions list highlight Babylon products and disable them by clicking a Disable button at the bottom right corner of the page.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt key for the menu bar to appear.
  2. Go to Tools –> Add-ons.
  3. Remove and disable Babylon products from Extensions and Plugins sections.

Google Chrome

  1. Click Customize and Control Google Chrome button at the far right of the address bar.
  2. Go to Tools –> Extensions.
  3. Select Babylon toolbar products and remove them.

Now you just have to restore your default browser settings:

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt key for the menu bar to appear.
  2. Go to Tools –> Internet Options.
  3. On the General tab, at the Home page section, enter the homepage address you prefer and click OK.
  4. No go to Tools –> Manage add-ons –> Search providers.
  5. Click on Babylon search engine and click Remove.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt key for the menu bar to show up.
  2. Go to Tools –> Options.
  3. On the General tab Homepage line enter the homepage address you prefer and click OK.
  4. Now click the search engine icon at the left side of a small search bar next to the address bar.
  5. Click Manage Search Engines.
  6. Highlight all search engines related to Babylon Toolbar and click Remove, and OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Click Customize and Control Google Chrome button at the far right of the address bar.
  2. Click Set pages at On startup section.
  3. Highlight Babylon Search and click X to remove it.
  4. Go back to Settings and click Manage search engines… button.
  5. Highlight Babylon Search provider and click the X next to it to remove.
  6. Click OK and exit the settings menu.

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