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How To Completely Remove Babylon From Your Computer

Updated on August 27, 2012
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Babylon: "The most downloaded translation software in the world"

I had to laugh when I read that on their website - taking credit for spamming peoples computers, entering without permission. Of course it would be the most downloaded software IN THE WORLD if it comes along with other downloads without us even knowing about it.

"Over 100 million users and counting"

Well, not for long if they keep up with this. What they are doing is completely unacceptable. I'm sure that 90% of their "users" don't even know what Babylon is. And the other 10% just don't know how to get rid of it.

Taking these steps below will surely relieve you of your frustration.


Mozilla Firefox

  1. REMOVE THE PROGRAM
  • Click "Start"
  • "Control Panel"
  • "Add or Remove Programs"
  • Search for Babylon and select "Remove Program".

By doing this Babylon will be uninstalled, although this will not solve the problem as yet. Babylon will still be popping up when opening your browser. Next step...


2. MAKE SURE GOOGLE IS SET AS YOUR HOME PAGE

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Select "Tools" in the upper left corner
  • Select "Options"
  • If your home page is set to be anything else but Google, insert "http://www.google.co.za/ " in the given field.
  • Click "Ok"


3. DELETE THE BABYLON ADD-ON

  • Select "Tools" again.
  • "Add-ons"
  • Selecting "Add-ons" will take you to a new window. Once there, click on "Extensions"
  • If you see anything with the name Babylon - remove it (there will be an option to do so)

At this point in time Google will be your home page, but when opening up another tab Bybylon still appears. So the next step will be the last step to completely get rid of it.


4. DELETE BABYLON FILES FROM WHERE IT'S HIDING

  • Open Mozille Firefox again.
  • In the search bar type in "about:config". The following message will appear:

No need to worry about it, though. I will not let you configure anything which might result in your warranty being void.

  • Click on "I'll be careful, I promise!"
  • You will now see a list of preference names. Reset everything containing the name Babylon by right clicking on the files and selecting "Reset"

Close your browser. When opening it again, everything should be working exactly as you want it to.


Google Chrome

1. REMOVE THE PROGRAM

  • Revert to "REMOVE THE PROGRAM" under Mozilla Firefox


2. MAKE SURE GOOGLE IS SET AS YOUR STARTUP PAGE

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Select the wrench icon in the top right corner
  • Click on "Settings"
  • Under the On Startup section select "Set Pages"
  • There should be two listed pages namely, Google and Babylon.com. Remove Babylon by clicking on the "x"
  • Select "Ok"


3. MAKE GOOGLE YOUR DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE

  • Select the wrench icon again
  • Select "Settings"
  • Under the Search section click on "Manage Search Engines"
  • Hover your mouse pointer over Google. An option "make default" will appear. Click on it.
  • Click "OK"

4. DELETE THE BABYLON ADD-ON

  • Select the wrench icon
  • Select "Tools"
  • "Extensions"
  • If you see Babylon listed there, click "Uninstall"


5. REMOVE BABYLON FROM YOUR REGISTRY

Please be careful while doing this, make sure to only delete Babylon.

  • Press and hold the Windows key on your keyboard, and then press R. A run window will appear
  • Type REGEDIT in the given field, and click "OK"
  • Now click on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"
  • Click on "SOFTWARE"
  • Look for Babylon in the list, and click on it once
  • Click on "Edit"
  • "Delete"
  • Select "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" and follow the same steps as above
  • Restart your computer


Unfortunately Google has no about:config page at the moment, but doing the above should solve the problem as soon as you have restarted your computer (it worked for me).

I'm confident that Babylon will now be removed for good.


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      Deepa 5 years ago

      Thankyou very much.

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      MarleneBotha 5 years ago from South Africa

      Dear Babylon Support

      It's only easy to remove it if you know how to. The instructions on your site does not help anyone to remove it. After you follow your instructions - it's still there. So some editing is required on your part. Read all over the internet, in forums etc. Your instructions do not work. But no problem, a few people have figured it out :) I know it's not spam, but it's not Google, and we love Google.

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

      I have been trying forever to get rid of Babylon & no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to!......I just followed your instructions & I finally did get it out of there!!......Your help is so much appreciated....this is a good idea for a hub because so many people probably are having the same problem with Babylon & now they can get the help they need....I voted this up, interesting & useful & am sharing!!!

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      babylonsupport 5 years ago

      Hello,

      I'm from Babylon support team!

      Please accept our apology for any inconvenience.

      Babylon isn't spam and it is actually very easy to uninstall and remove the Babylon search page or toolbar.

      We would be glad to help you with any issue that you encountered.

      Please contact us at support@babylon.com and we'll get it sorted out.

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      Paramesh 5 years ago

      Than you sooo much... helped a lot thinking from virus and getting frustration... once again tanks...

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      Nico 5 years ago

      Great advice, thank you very much!

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      Scott 5 years ago

      Hi Marlene,

      Awesome...thanks very much!!!

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      MarleneBotha 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Jennifer! I hope you get this. I edited the steps for removing Babylon from Chrome because, as I've noticed, for some or other reason, the 3 steps I suggested does work for most people, but not for everyone. I would advise you to start over from step one, just to make sure everything is done right. Please let me know if the added steps did the trick.

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      Harry 5 years ago

      After hours of frustration and come-on cleaners, I finally found your solution for removing Babylon and IT WORKED PERFECTLY. Thanks so much. Like the original Babylon this group should be burned to the ground.

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      I've got chrome and I've tried every method that's mentioned here and everywhere else to get rid of it, and it's not working for me. I don't know if they found a good way to stick or what. Any other ideas?! This is obnoxious!

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      Elona 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. I've been trying for weeks to get rid of this and YOU are the one that know how!!!! Thanks again.

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      MarleneBotha 5 years ago from South Africa

      I'm really happy I could help, it's so frustrating not knowing how to get rid of it.

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      Evelyn 5 years ago

      Worked FANTASTIC. GREAT thank you ! so muchhh