What is Babylon Toolbar?
Babylon Toolbar is a browser add-on that is supposed to enhance the overall Internet browsing experience. It is usually installed by users, who download it from Cnet's Download.com website. It could also be downloaded from Babylon.com, which is the official website of this product. Babylon Toolbar is also commonly delivered by a list of other programs that share bundled software.
The toolbar itself seems to be legitimate and harmless, but both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer users complain about the fact that Babylon Toolbar is very hard to uninstall. It does not have an uninstall utility, and even if Babylon Toolbar is removed via Control Panel, the add-on itself remains within the browser.
When the user cannot uninstall Babylon Toolbar, it is a clear sign that the toolbar was installed by a third party which does not want it removed. It means that a third party can make use of Babylon Toolbar in order to monitor the user's browsing habits. Later on, the browsing habits are taken into consideration when unwanted pop-up advertisements are being generated for the user.
What is more, if a third party managed to install Babylon Toolbar on your computer, it means that sooner or later other unwanted software applications could also be installed on your computer as well. To put it simply, Babylon Toolbar opens the door to your system, even if not intentionally. Therefore, your computer has to be protected from third party add-ons and applications.
Remove Babylon Toolbar with a computer security program that will definitely classify this add-on as a computer threat, and will terminate it at once. If you use a computer security program to delete Babylon Toolbar, you will also be able to get rid of other similar applications at the same time.
Sometimes even after Babylon Toolbar has been removed from your computer, it leaves a few "presents" that certainly makes your browsing experience sour. For example, the tab page gets hijacked. That, however, you can fix by yourself, if you are OK with probing your Registry. For that you need to open the Registry Editor (simply type regedit into Start Search and press Enter).
Then you need to go to a registry key following this path:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs (or if you have a 64-bit Windows it is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs).
- Then you need to right-click on Tabs that is in the right panel and choose "Modify" from the menu.
- When "Edit String" box shows up, change Value data to res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm.
- Once you click OK, the Internet Explorer tabs will be back.
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