Removing Babylon From Firefox

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First of all, if your reading this, chances are you have been invaded by the scum which is Babylon Search / Toolbar so you will completely understand the frustraion this piece of crap has caused me.

After searching for hours on information on how to remove this I found no solution which worked. The horrible little thing kept returning. Mainly in the form of the Address bar keyword searching.

So, here’s a quick quide on how to remove it.

Firstly i’m going to assume you have done all the obvious things, uninstalling any programs related to babylon, removed the search plugins from firefox and so on. so lets move on from there.

Step 1:
navigate to…
(64bit) C:/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox/searchplugins/
(32bit) C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/searchplugins/

and delete the file babylon.xml and any other refferences to babylon you may find.

Step 2:
Open firefox, and in your address bar type “about:config” (without the quotes)
click to procedd past the warning and in the filter bar, type in babylon.

You should see a bunch of entries as shown in the screenshot below. right click each one of these and choose “Reset”

Your done.

The horrible piece of crap that is Babylon should no longer cause you any problems. If there are other places that this thing hides leave a comment and let me know and i’ll update this post. Time to rid the internet Babylon.

  • Michael

    Thank you. Thank you Thank you! It worked! I have spent hours trying to get rid of this horrible invader and your suggestion did it in a minute or so. Thank you for sharing this solution. I hope it helps in finally getting rid of Babylon.

  • http://anthonykinson.co.uk Anthony

    Your very welcome, glad it’s helped somebody :)

  • amber

    Thank you SO much!!

  • Amy S

    This doesn’t work. Babylon still comes back if you click to open a new tab. I assume you know this by now because it didn’t ultimately work for you, but you don’t check back on this forum for further comments.

  • David Sargent

    Anthony you are a genius!!
    I too tried numerous ways to rid myself of this plague and without success! That is until I used your solution and now I am FREE AT LAST!
    Unfortunately CNET tech tracker forces you to uncheck the Babylon toolbar when downloading any program otherwise if you miss doing it we end up back at square one.
    Once again Thank you. Thank you, Thank you!
    [email protected]

  • http://anthonykinson.co.uk Anthony

    @Amy

    It’s never returned for me, and i’m assuming it also worked for other people as their comments suggest so.

  • Paddy

    You got me to almost a happy ending but the booger kept hanging on. Here’s what a helpful person called Stintz placed on the FF help forum suggested and it has worked:

    The missing link instructions to perform after completing all the above suggestions are:

    Type about:config in the URL bar and press enter twice (there is no warranty that comes with FF) Disregard the warning message.

    In the filter area type Babylon and press enter. This will bring up entries associated with this search engine.

    FF entries that contain values to babylon and it’s url, simply change to your preferred search engine. (these entries will not have babylon in the name.)

    Entries that have babylon in the name (any location), right click on the entry and select reset.

    Close FF and reopen. Magic, it’s gone.

  • http://atataya.com/ Atataya

    it work. Thank you

  • Jane

    I removed Babylon easily by uninstalling the search engine to which it was attached . . . google chrome. Then I reinstalled google chrome. No problem

  • Mikael Kroyer

    I had to modify it a bit, since i was using “Nightly” but i gave me an idea.
    I tried so many things and this piece of shit was giving me a nightmare.

    The only thing i was missing was the “about:config” and that was it

    thanks a lot for sharing your info

    cheers
    Mikki

  • M.Mann

    You dear Sir, are a GENIUS!

  • http://ahkyninarlayong.com.mm frank jone

    Thanks…I got it..very helpful..

  • Rex

    Thank you Sooo Much..Well Done..

  • Pax

    perfect.

  • Rizzaman

    FINALLY! Thanks man – this needs to go to the top of google search results for this malicious piece of crap.

  • http://www.hookedonbirding.com Ruth Capers

    Thanks!

  • Mark Jackson

    Legend mate thank you so much.

  • Madhushan

    Actually it worked. This was a big headache for me a long time but now it is over. Thanks for sharing your expert knowledge with us. All the best!

  • Peter

    Very much appreciated, thanks.

  • Jacq

    Thanks…

  • http://mylifeaslinnea.blogg.se Linnea

    Hello! When I go into the about:config and search for babylon and I get A LOT more of results than on your printscreen haha. Shall I show you my printscreen of ‘em?

  • Natasha

    Thank you very much. Really appreciate your help. It works. It’s so nice to open a new tab and have the new firefox with all it’s little screenshot on that page instead that awful babylon search page. Thank you again and god bless. :D

  • Monica

    OK, I may not be the most computer literate person on the planet – I have followed all the instructions above and am still stuck with the dratted babylon. After following the instructions Babylon still came up as my preferred browser and when I tried to open Firefox to try the ‘about:config’ again I got the message unable to open Firefox so I went on to delete that – not sure if that was a good move or not. Now I’m well and truly stumped, have spent ages on it and am at a complete loss! I guess it must be me as it’s worked well for others.

  • Monica

    Must be tired – looks like I only needed to reset my home-page. Now I’m back to square one – I only wanted to download some music vids from FB and Utube. Don’t think I dare try again!!! Thanks for your help, much appreciated.

  • Arslan hasan

    thanks a lot man its help me out

  • meh gergy

    thks you are the best it worked
    how do i uninstall it on internet Explorer

  • Irene

    I am not very technical when it comes to problems like this – I’ve read your instructions and though they read easy to do – I am at a loss at to how to get to the 1st part of your steps to remove this junk – Babylon – from my system. mainly I am trying to get to

    “C:/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox/searchplugins/”

    like I said, I’m not very technical when it comes to this stuff. so could you please explain. thanks…

  • Michael

    I tried everything, even about:config trick. So,i did a full uninstall of firefox and reinstalled it with a fresh download. Its the only way to be sure.

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  • http://prying1books.com prying1

    Worked for me! Thanks a lot. I downloaded some “Free” software and carefully unchecked ALL the pre-checked boxes that would install extra software that came with the freebie. So I thought anyway. I got the unwanted Babylon which took over my homepage, etc.. Your article helped me get rid of the last vestiges of it. – P.S. The “Free” software didn’t work either!

  • http://www.bcon.lt/?seo-optimizavimas,12 SEO optimizavimas

    thanks a lot
    I been getting crazy with that damn babylon

    u made my day!

  • venkat

    thanks for u r informations …….well done…thank u so much :)

  • Cameron

    Dude , THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER ,that program wormed its way into my pc some how this process worked and am now rid of it thank you

  • miker

    Thanks a lot. Not really causing problems in my PC but i don’t like being invaded. Thanks again

  • jeremyistj

    Awesome! Thank you. Great directions, and commentary! =) Funny all the derogatory names Babylon has earned on these forums! lol

  • Andi

    Thank you ! This works properly.

  • Ang

    I have followed all the instructions, but I am having a hard time getting rid of it from the homepage. I have reset everything at least a dozen time and its still coming back. On the positive side, i have managed to get rid of it from the search manager.

  • Tirregemo

    Dear Anthony, many thanks for your clear instructions… Finally I got rid of this horrible thing. It installed itself even though I clicked “No” when I downloaded a free program (can’t remeber which..) which is a very unfair way to do business!

  • NIKOS

    ………………….T H A N K Y O U ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • testmuse

    Thanks! The only site that really explains how to get rid of the vermin.

  • ted brightmore

    Hi Anthony – Firstly I am not a techo but can get around some stuff – have removed the .xml file – thouh I was on my way – found all the files in about:config and reset them – all but 4 which would not reset – all others returned to a default setting – on returning got the firefox search – went to Internet options which still showed google uk – when I returned, the babylon engine reappeared – all the about:config files have returned to the User Set – should I delete these files ?

    Many thanks
    Ted Brightmore

    Agree wholeheartedly this crap must go !!!

  • Joe166

    Thanks!! After a couple of solutions this one finnaly got rid of it!

  • Nick

    Awesome, thanks a lot. Hope this finally gets rid of that piece of crap.
    Appreciated.

  • RonP

    I’ve tried everything but the little brat won’t die. When I type in Babylon, the only entry I get is:browser.startup.homepage;http://search.babylon.com/?affID=110790&tt=3612_4&babsrc=HP_ss&mntrId=38d2104600000000000000e04d8820d3. I have tried reset several times – didn’t work, changed search.babylon.com to google.com, restarted Firefox, rebooted computer, but he just come back. I’m sure this “browser.startup.homepage” is the problem. Can you think of any other way to make it go away, or at least change it to google??? Thanks

  • Nick

    Great instructions. Thanks.
    I did a search of the registry after and found loads of babylon stuff there.

  • d

    thank YOU!

  • Puis

    thanks a ton !!! very kind and true

  • suresh

    due to babylon i cannot access internet

  • http://twitter.com/nickdf nickdf

    thanks… that was really starting to nark me! now it’s banished for good i hope.

  • Connie

    Thank you, Anthony! I have tried for three weeks to get rid of this babylon crap. YOURS is the only advice that actually WORKED!!

  • Connie

    Irene… I didn’t find anything in that first step, either, so I skipped it and went to the second step…. and it worked!

  • Connie

    I agree!!!

  • Ska

    great thanks for clear and simply solution