Removing Babylon Search Toolbar and Undoing its Browser Changes

Babylon Search is an application bundled with the popular Babylon translation software. It can also be found as an add-on to other popular applications at places like software.com or download.com. When you click through the installation of these unrelated apps, sometimes you’ll miss that this additional application is installed as well. Though Babylon Search and its associated toolbar can be useful for users of these translation apps, for most people, it’s an unwanted nuisance — and very difficult to remove from your PC.

Babylon Search: How do I remove it from my browser and PC?
Here’s what the Babylon translation service looks like when it installs extra software.

Babylon Search: How do I remove it from my browser and PC?
And here’s what the Babylon toolbar looks like once it’s installed.

Remove Babylon Search from your PC

To remove Babylon Search from your PC:

  1. Close all your browser windows (copy and paste these instructions into Notepad first).
  2. Press Start (Windows Key + X in Windows 8 and 8.1).
  3. Click Control Panel.
  4. Click Programs and Features (Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP).
  5. Find any instance of Babylon in the list and uninstall them. (Keep the translation software if you’ve purchased it.)

Babylon Search: How do I remove it from my browser and PC?
The first step is to uninstall Babylon from the Control Panel.

Remove Babylon Search from your Browsers

Then, open each of your installed browsers.

Firefox:

    Remove the toolbar:

  1. Click Tools
  2. Click Add-Ons
  3. Click Extensions
  4. Click Babylon
  5. Click Remove
  6. Reset the default homepage:

  7. Click Tools
  8. Click Options
  9. Under the General tab, enter a new homepage
  10. Reset the default search engine:

  11. Click the arrow next to the search bar
  12. Click Manage Search Engines…
  13. Remove Babylon from the list
  14. Move your preferred search engine back to the top
  15. Click OK

Chrome:

    Remove the toolbar:

  1. Click the options box in the upper right
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Extensions
  4. Click Babylon
  5. Click Uninstall
  6. Reset the default homepage:

  7. Click the options box in the upper right
  8. Click Settings
  9. Under On Startup, select Open a Specific Set of Pages, then enter a new homepage
  10. Reset the default search engine:

  11. Click the options box in the upper right
  12. Click Settings
  13. Under Search, Click Manage Search Engines…
  14. Remove Babylon from the list and make another search engine default

Internet Explorer:

    Remove the toolbar:

  1. Click the Gear
  2. Click Manage Add-Ons
  3. Click Toolbars and Extensions
  4. Click Babylon
  5. Click Disable
  6. Reset the default homepage:

  7. Click the Gear
  8. Click Internet Options
  9. Enter a new homepage
  10. Reset the default search engine:

  11. Click the Gear
  12. Click Manage Add-Ons
  13. Click Search Providers
  14. Remove Babylon from the list and make another search engine default

Restart your PC and Babylon should be completely removed from your computer.

About

Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.

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