Babylon Search


Language Multilingual

Launched Unknown
Closed No

Developer Babylon Ltd.

Country of Origin Israel

[...] - [...] Babylon Ltd.

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Search Interface / Search API
Pay-per-click (PPC) search engine
Search Portal
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the users permission)

Used SeEn Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite


Critical points

»In 2012 the Babylon search toolbar was identified as a browser hijacker that, while very easy to install inadvertently, is unnecessarily difficult to remove afterwards. The toolbar is listed as an unwanted application by anti-spyware software such as Stopzilla or Spybot – Search & Destroy. Many users, trying to uninstall Babylon, have searched for help on different support forums. The toolbar tends to install itself onto computers as an add-on with other software, and it changes users' home page to the Babylon search engine, adds the search engine to the computer and sets itself as the default.« Source

Features & Functionality


»Babylon is a computer dictionary and translation program, developed by Babylon Ltd., an Israeli public company (TASE: BBYL). based in Or Yehuda. The company was established in 1997 by the Israeli entrepreneur Amnon Ovadia. Its IPO took place ten years later. It is considered a part of Israel's Download Valley, a cluster of software companies monetizing "free" software downloads through adware.

Babylon includes in-house proprietary dictionaries, as well as community-created dictionaries and glossaries. It is a tool used for translation and conversion of currencies, measurements and time, and for obtaining other contextual information. The program also uses a text-to-speech agent so users hear the proper pronunciation of words and text. Babylon has developed 36 English-based proprietary dictionaries in 21 languages. In 2008–2009, Babylon reported earnings of NIS 50 million through its collaboration with Google.« Source

References & further Publications

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Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Created: 2013-03-14