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How to remove Babylon Search from Firefox

Many free programs offer to install search bars and add-ons for your browser during your own installation as a way of advertising to your sponsors.

Although, in most cases, it is possible to prevent this, this option is not always clear, and you may end up authorizing this installation inadvertently. Sometimes the hassle is minor and you can easily uninstall these add-ons from your browser, but there are cases that are not as simple as that.

The Babylon Search search box, for example, is not removed from Firefox or you disable the extension and causes a Babylon page to open when something is searched directly by the address bar. To turn this off once and for all, there are two quick and simple ways you can give in this tutorial.

Restoring Preferences

Select the option to restart the browser with the extensions disabled. (Image source: Reproduction / Tecmundo )

First, delete all the extensions you want to remove from the browser. Then close the tabs you’re using and save the addresses you do not want to lose, since this method requires you to restart your browser. Now go to the Firefox menu and in the “Help” tab, click “Restart with extensions disabled” as shown in the figure above.

This will not permanently disable the installed extensions, so you must delete those you do not want anymore. This command will restart Firefox with a safe mode window, and the option to return everything to normal is “Restore all preferences to the Firefox default”. Select this check box and restart your browser.

Restore all Firefox defaults. (Image source: Reproduction / Tecmundo )

By advanced settings

This can also be done through the advanced settings of the browser, but should be done with much more care than the above option. This is because by accessing this set of customizations, you exit the browser control zone and can tinker with options that have the potential to totally deconfigure your Firefox. The advantage is that you do not have to go back to the Firefox standard, just the search service.

With that in mind, type about: config in the address bar of your browser. A warning is shown asking you to be very careful about tweaking these settings, and you need to promise this to the browser by clicking “I’ll be careful, I promise!”.

Promise to be careful with these settings – and really be! (Image source: Reproduction / Tecmundo )

The next step is to find, using the “Find” search box at the top of this screen, enter the browser.search.defaultenginename entry and right click on it. In the context menu, select the “Restore default” option.

The first part is complete. You now need to restore the search service to the address bar. In the same search field, look for the keyword.URL entry and, just like the previous one, restore your default. If you are using a version prior to Firefox 4.0, you also need to do this with the browser.search.defaulturlentry .

Restore Firefox’s default search services. (Image source: Reproduction / Tecmundo )

Ready! Now just close this window and do some searching using the URL box of your Firefox to verify that the pattern has been restored and you will no longer see the Babylon or other intrusive service page when you try to search faster your browser.