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Old 04-02-2013, 02:27
Si_Crewe
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Anybody successfully got rid of this OR have a link to a trusted website with advice?

I have a laptop here with it on and it's quite nasty.
As well as redirecting all your seaches, when you try to remove it, it opens up your browser and displays one of those "This software has been removed" messages BUT the web-page also installs other malware instead, which then reinstalls the Babylon toolbar.

I have done a bit of googling for advice but the trouble is that, with stuff like this, you never really know which advice to trust.


Also, while I'm at it, why do some people seem to abuse their poor computers so much?
This one has, I swear, almost every application in the startup menu and, as a result, it takes about 10 minutes to start up.
I thought the registry was borked, phoned the owner and he said "Nah, I just like to have everything ready to use".

That's kinda like buying a car and then deciding to build a chicken coop in the back, install a swimming pool in the boot, grow tomato's on the passenger seat and fit a washing line to the roof.
I mean, you can do it, but why the hell would you want to?

But, erm, yeah. Any advice about the Babylon toolbar would be appreciated before I have a proper look at it tomorrow.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:03
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Go to the Microsoft Support Fix It web page

It will Then do a scan for problems
I used it to get rid of another toolbar which refused to uninstall by other means
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:58
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The OP didn't say it was IE but the page is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:52
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If it's a different browser, it may not be a program as such, but an extension, so it'd be worth checking that.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:25
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It's a pain in the proverbial.

Spybot Search and Destroy from www.safer-networking.org gets rid too. That's generally an essential bit of software IMHO. If it's Firefox, it is installed as an extension, so uninstall that first.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:05
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Thanks for the info'.

In the end it turned out not to be a really big deal.

PC had IE9 and Chrome on it so I just uninstalled Chrome completely then reinstalled it after I got rid of Babylon.
Uninstalled Babylon from Control Panel then went into the IE9 Tools, clicked "Manage Add-Ons" and disabled/deleted everything related to it.

One simple thing I DID miss at first, it also resets your home-page to a Babylonified copy of the google home-page and then, as soon as you re-open your browser, it reinstalls itself.

So, you need to remove it, remove all the IE add-ons AND reset your home page to something else then reboot and it's gone.

Altogether, and I swear I'm not exaggerating here, there were FOURTEEN toolbars installed on the laptop.
Somebody needs to learn to uncheck those bloody tick-boxes when they're installing software.
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Old 04-02-2013, 13:48
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I blame UAC on Windows. You to install something and get a series of dialogue boxes.

Do you want to download this?
Do you want to install this?
This is a download, is could be dangerous. Are you sure?
Do you want to install this toolbar too?

User behaviour is conditioned to just click Yes to anything to get the damned thing to install.
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Old 04-02-2013, 13:56
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Glad you got rid of it. Cases like these, I always think it's worth a quick shufti at the hosts file afterwards, in case it's been tampered with. XP location is within the Windows directory, in:

system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Prob the same for other versions of Windows.

And, as no-one else has mentioned it yet, it's worth downloading, installing, updating and running a full scan with Malwarebytes' Antimalware. Free, from here.
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Old 04-02-2013, 13:58
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Somebody needs to learn to uncheck those bloody tick-boxes when they're installing software.
I found a copy of Chrome installed on my mum's PC a few months ago. Asked bro if he'd done it as we're the only other people that use the PC and mum wouldn't have a clue how to do such a thing.

Eventually realised that I had selected "automatic program updates" in Avast so that it was always up to date. And yes when it installs a new version of the program it downloaded and installed Chrome as well without asking.

Had I set it to "notify me when there's an update available" I would have been able to untick the checkbox then.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:00
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I found a copy of Chrome installed on my mum's PC a few months ago. Asked bro if he'd done it as we're the only other people that use the PC and mum wouldn't have a clue how to do such a thing.

Eventually realised that I had selected "automatic program updates" in Avast so that it was always up to date. And yes when it installs a new version of the program it downloaded and installed Chrome as well without asking.
I know it's probably telling everybody here how to suck eggs but I think you need to be careful, these days, that you're getting the "proper" version of any software you download.

If you do a search for something like, say "Chrome browser" or "Adobe Reader" or "Java" etc, it's very likely that, as well as the genuine download from to official source, you'll also find dodgy versions that install the software legitimately but also install malware or phish for your details etc.
I seem to recall, at one point, if you googled "Adobe Reader" then THE top result was from a site called summat like "adobereader.com" which was a copy of the Adobe website but charged you $10 to "join" before allowing you to download the free Reader software.

This laptop, for example, belongs to a guy who is, I think, quite a keen amateur DJ and it's filled with oddball bits of random freeware for sampling, editing and creating sounds.

I suspect that if you're regularly finding stuff on the interweb and installing it on your PC there's a high likelihood that, sooner or later, you're gonna get something from an unscrupulous or downright dishonest source.
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