This article tells you, specifically, the best way to remove the VisualBee (VB) toolbar from your computer. It tells how I got it on mine, and how I successfully removed it. It also tells you how you can remove the toolbar that’s troubling you!
Recently I downloaded some malware accidentally. I had been reading different articles on improving the performance of my laptop’s battery and came across a program that would count the number of cycles my battery went through and notify me when it was time to calibrate it. (Boy oh boy, just listen to me, the non-technical person, sounding all technical!) Figuring it would be handy to have, I downloaded it. It is called BatteryCare, and I got it from CNET.com.
The first step:
Once I realized I had some possible malware on my computer, I went into my computer’s control panel, went into Programs and Features, found anything related to BatteryCare and VisualBee (VB) and uninstalled them. Then I went to the recycle bin and emptied it.
I thought this would do the trick. It didn’t. My google chrome browser was hijacked by this malicious toolbar. It would not let me do what I wanted. Fortunately, I was able to open Internet Explorer and do a search on how to uninstall the VisualBee, or VB, toolbar. I ended up at mybleepingcomputer, where I read the problems and testimonials of others who had experienced similar problems. My solution was ultimately found here.
Although I did not trust anything at that point in time, and was extremely upset for having malware on mybaby (my new laptop’s name!), I had to do something. Since several people vehemently claimed that adwcleaner removed this toolbar successfully, I had no choice BUT to trust them. So I did.
My next step, which worked:
I had to download adwcleaner in order to get rid of the VB toolbar. When my computer asked me if I allowed THIS program to make changes to my computer, a big yellow exclamation point popped up and asked if I was sure when I said YES, even though I was not sure of anything anymore. However, I gave it permission, and then followed the steps I was told to follow in the posts I read at mybleeping computer.com and I WAS SUCCESSFUL at removing this unwanted toolbar.
If you decide that you want to remove the VB toolbar, also known as the Babylon toolbar (it probably goes by other names, too) then I would advise going to the link I provided, which is mybleepingcomputer, and then scroll down about halfway until you see the #7 posting by boopme, which has the link for adwcleaner, as shown below, and then follow the specific instructions that boopme gives beneath this link. I guarantee that this will work, and is the best way to remove the VisualBee (VB) toolbar. It worked for me!!!
What I did next:
I then did some further research. I found that most people who downloaded stuff from CNET.com got the present of malware that I did. My conclusion, therefore, is to not make the same mistake twice, and to NEVER DOWNLOAD ANYTHING FROM CNET ever again.
I am writing this to warn you not to go through the hassles I went through regarding this malware. I have also posted warnings to my friends on Facebook. I would like to shout out to the whole world that I hate CNET for causing me all this grief, and warn you to ALWAYS LOOK AT THE URLs of the pages you visit when surfing the net. Forewarned is definitely forearmed.
Until next time, happy surfing!