How To Restore about:Tabs (New Tab) Page in IE8 Hijacked by BigSeekPro/Babylon Toolbar

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  1. karl says:

    i tried this and when i opened a new tab some website keeps coming up instead called its annoying can you help and if i type about:tabs in the website bar the same site keeps coming up help !! please

  2. Ed says:

    Hi, every time I open IE9 Bigseek appears, the adress bar is www.somoto blahblah blah.. I have tried your steps but there is no tab button, I was wondering what is my next step, thanks :D

    • Mezanul says:

      Can you check in Internet Explorer 9 options, if the homepage is changed to the URI that you mentioned? If so, you can simply click on the Use Blank or Use Default option to reset it back.

      Also, can you tell me, if you type about:tabs in the address bar, which page you are redirected to?

  3. nima says:

    hi all

    thanks for this help
    best regards

  4. Marius says:

    Did work out with IE, but what about Firefox?

  5. Sanjay says:

    I checked my registry settings and they are as expected… but my tab has been hijacked by AVG to go to

    Any ideas on how I can get back my normal IE tab.

    Thanks in advance.

  6. stumped 1 says:

    Thanks so much for the tab fix. Worked great in IE8 to get rid of AVG.

  7. Jamie says:

    I have the same promblem but different site. I clicked on start but I don’t see a start search. I just see search. I tried search for regedit but I couldn’t find it. Do I have to download the thing?

    • Agh says:

      Hi Jamie. Do you see a “Run…” command in your Start menu ? Click on that and type regedit. Then follow the above instructions.

  8. Agh says:

    Changing the tabs value through regedit did work for me . Thank you so much ! (:

  9. Cindy says:

    Hi there,

    I followed your exact orders… but it didn’t work. I am on IE8 and the problem is ‘Babylon’. Any ideas on how to get rid of the little bugger from my tabs?

    • Mezanul says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Let me do a quick test by installing the toolbar on my test machine and then by removing it completely too.

      I’ll let you know the complete steps to remove it asap. :)

    • Mezanul says:

      Hi Cindy,

      I’d a tough time finding a software that bundles Babylon toolbar. Anyways, after getting my hands one, I did a install. For restoring the new tab page of IE8, I followed the exact same instructions as given by me above. I successfully restored back the new tab page.

      After removing Babylon Toolbar using Add/Remove Programs (if you’re using Windows XP) or Programs and Features (if you’re using Windows Vista or 7) in Control Panel. Follow the instructions given above and modify the Tabs value to res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm

      If you still can’t restore back the new tab page, do a complete Reset of Internet Explorer settings through Internet Options dialog box. You’ll find the Reset option in the Advanced Tab of Internet Options. Please keep a backup of your Bookmarks and all other data before doing the Reset.

      I’m working on a complete article on how to remove Babylon Toolbar completely along with instructions and screenshots.

  10. Regan says:

    Cool! Totally helped to resolve the Babylon search that showing when I open new Tab. At the registry location pointed by this article, I saw the Tabs variable was having babylon url and I changed it. It worked! Finally the annoying babylon search is gone! Yuppi!

  11. Cindy says:

    Hi Mezanul,

    Sorry for such a late reply, but yes, I followed everything you said and the little bugger is finally gone. Thank-you so much!!

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  13. JK says:

    I noticed that you only show one registry application in your example. My computer showed up with four registry applications. Is this normal — to have so many registry exe files?

    Anyway, I clicked on the first registry application that I saw and it looked normal. So then I clicked on the second registry application. Sure enough, that one had the babylon tab with an affilitate link. I replaced that with res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm as instructed above.

    The folders that each of the four registry applications starts with the following:

    Windows (C:)
    SysWOW64 (C:\Window…..

    • Mezanul says:

      Assuming you are running Windows 7 64 bit version. If your OS is different, please reply back. You have to simply open Start Menu, and in the search box, type regedit and click on the first result. You can see the screenshot below.


      You don’t need to search your System drive. Hope it helps. :)

      • JK says:

        Ah, thanks so much! I should have done that in the beginning! Fortunately, I was still able to use your instructions by clicking on each different registry exe files for error. :)

        • Mezanul says:

          Glad you got it working.

          You could have saved all that pain by just importing the attached registry key file. (See the update section in the article) ;)

  14. LOR PAL says:

    You are a god! Thank you! Thank you very much!

  15. johanna says:

    Thank you! Exactly what i needed!!!

  16. larry says:

    I had another one of these registry keys at:
    ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftInternet ExplorerAboutURLs

    I also did a search of the registry for Babylon and deleted 5 folder and associated keys.

  17. Sharon says:

    This worked perfectly, thank you so much

  18. Troyann says:

    Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! and… BIG HUGS to YOU!!!

  19. Zuzovich says:

    Thank you so much! Exactly what i needed!!!

  20. Zuzovich says:

    Thank you so much. Problem solved here :-) .

  21. tracype says:

    Thanks so much. Very helpful and worked perfectly.

  22. Sonam says:

    Thanks a ton! I tied 10 diff sites, but yours is the only solution that worked :-)

  23. Olivia says:


    Like Cindy, I recently discovered just how annoying Babylon is. I removed the toolbar, deleted all programs named Babylon (about 18 folders in total) and tried to change the ‘tabs’ settings in the regedit, but my new tab page is still the Babylon search engine. I even tried the reset in the Advanced tab of Internet Options.

    This thing is driving me crazy and I’m desperate to get rid of it. If there is absolutely ANYTHING else I can do, I would appreciate it if you could share it with me.


    • Mezanul says:

      Which version of Internet Explorer do you have?

      • Olivia says:

        Whoops, sorry for not including that the first time. My computer is Windows 7 with IE 8.

        • Mezanul says:

          Have you tried importing the registry key attached at the end of the article?

          • Olivia says:

            Yes. The value was not changed to or anything different from what it’s supposed to be.

          • Mezanul says:

            The value will not change to but to res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm

            Can you copy and paste the value data of Tabs from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs of your registry? This will help me understand your problem. Also, please share a screenshot of your current Internet Explorer tab.

            While replying back the value data from your registry, please put it inside <code>put your copied value data inside this tag</code>

            I am assuming here that your Windows account has administrator privileges and you got the message that the registry file was imported successfully.

          • Olivia says:

            Okay. This is what is in my registry now: res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm

            I took a screenshot of my new tab page, but I’m not sure how to post it here.

            Your assumptions are correct; my computer told me the registry file was imported successfully.

          • Mezanul says:

            That is what the value should be for showing the default new tab page. You can attach the screenshot and email it back to me Enable images for email address.

  24. Mezanul says:

    Users running 64-bit version of Windows should follow the updated instructions. They should modify Tabs value (as instructed in the article) to res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm at both the following registry locations:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs

    • Patricia says:

      I did as your instructions indicated to no avail. I have Windows 7 64-bit using IE8. When I go to HKKEY_LOCAL—MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow643Node\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\AboutURLs there is no Tabs listed. There is one that says “Default” no value set. Should I change that one to res://ieframe.dll/tabswelcome.htm? Please let me know as I have been so frustrated trying to get my about:Tabs page back after getting rid of the annoying Babylon. Thanks in advance!

    • Jennifer says:

      This problem just popped-up for me last week. I followed your instructions and the “Tabs” value is missing in both places. I’m running Windows 7 64-bit, IE9. Any suggestions?

  25. Anna says:


    Thank you for this. It worked! Babylon was driving me crazy! It is insidious… I am glad to have my tabs restored.


  26. Patricia says:

    I forgot to mention in my earlier post to please notify of any solution(s) you can give me by e-mail. I realize that a lot of these post/comments/questions and answers were posted some time ago, but I hope that you can help me now.

    • Mezanul says:

      Are you sure, you are looking at the correct registry key? You said in your comment HKKEY_LOCAL—MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow643Node\Microsoft\

      While the actual location is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs

      Please email me email address a screenshot of the registry key where you are looking for “Tabs” entry.

      • Patricia says:

        Thanks for answering. I have sent you by e-mail the requested screen shot.

      • Patricia says:

        Yeah!! You solved my problem. My about:Tabs page is restored. Followed your instructions and everything is back to “Normal” again. Can’t thank you enough!!!

  27. Jodie says:

    I’ve been hijacked by Nothing above has helped my IE8, and I have no idea what to do. I’ve tried the above, but the data is the same as what it should be.

    • Mezanul says:

      This is installed by the B1 Free Archiver. Can you confirm if you’ve removed the program in question from your computer? If you haven’t then most probably, the program is overwriting the registry values.

  28. Flora Law says:

    Thank you! the 64 bit info was just what I needed after many other tries.

  29. Puja Mandal says:

    thank u very much!!^^at last i have got rid of it!!thank u dearly from the bottom of my heart!!^^

  30. Puja Mandal says:

    thank u very much!!^^at last i have got rid of it!!thank u dearly from the bottom of my heart!!^^

  31. Peter says:

    Thank you so much for the “real” solution – worked perfectly to stop bablylon search from appearing on new tabs.

  32. JodiO says:

    This eradicated Babylon once and for all. THANK you.

  33. A says:

    I know I’m in a long line of saying this but THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! I just got a new computer and Babylon was driving me crazy with it’s Google look-a-like self and just popping up and loading whenever I opened a new tab in IE. Thank you so much. Your walk through to turning this off was easy to understand step-by-step guide which gave me a sense of empowerment when I turned it off myself.

  34. Brian says:

    Thank you for posting the fix for my problem. I had found the 32 bit registry entries in the past, but I was not aware of the 64 entries. Once I found them, I was able to fix the problem. Thanks again!

  35. lia says:

    really thanks for the posting, i accdently downloaded babylon, and it hijacked my system… and then i went to registry and deleted.. but my tab key was missing..
    i was worried as everytime it says navigation stoped , i really had no ides to fix it… your posting was superb and it really helped.. good job.. thanks…

  36. lia says:

    my system is geeting heated up … and goes to hibernate , basically when i play video games, i had checked the fan its running, no antivirus done all the stuff
    can u plz guide me what to do
    windows 7 os
    32 bit notebook

    • Mezanul says:

      This problem occurs when your notebook’s temperature goes above the threshold temperature. See if all the vents are free of dust/dirt and if possible take it to the service center to clean it up from inside. I will advice against opening up the notebook yourself…

  37. flag says:

    you can also block these stupid websites for good by editing the hosts file in


    more details here: had just ruined my morning.

    • Mezanul says:

      Simply blocking them in Windows hosts file will not protect you completely. These toolbars normally comes bundled with freeware and shareware programs, you have to remove them completely from your computer to protect yourself. :)

      • flag says:

        yes i agree. you do need to be careful when installing software. but once these things happen, you just don’t want to see these websites ever again. it’s more of extra protection. hosts also does not protect when the domain name is slightly different. for example blocking “” does not automatically block “” .

  38. Rose says:

    thanks worked great!

  39. Agent Bazz says:

    Thanks so much. Claro-search was driving me mad. Problem solved.

  40. Ahmed says:

    Thank you very much for your help this hacking was making me crazy

  41. Rama says:

    Thank you for adding the special note related to Users running 64-bit Windows version.
    After several days, this note solved my problem!

    Thank you!

  42. paige says:

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for helping me sort out my computer ! You have saved me precious money, time and agro ! If I tried 1, I must have tried 7 other sites and got no where at the end; you did ‘exactly as it said on the tin’……..cheers.

  43. paige says:

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for helping me sort out my computer ! You have saved me precious money, time and agro ! If I tried 1, I must have tried 7 other sites and got no where at the end; you did ‘exactly as it said on the tin’……..cheers. p.s. I shared this site with others and am now a follower.

  44. aashu says:

    It worked for me.Thanks for useful info.

  45. Ben says:

    THANK YOU! Found your instructions to fixing the about:Tabs – Babylon search re-direct/hijack incredibly easy to follow. Despite always believing that I should never try a registry change since I’m not a programmer, with your directions this was a snap.

  46. Patricia says:

    Well, you helped me once. I hope you can help me again. I have not been hijacked by babylon this time. At least I don’t think so as I have followed your instructions and it can’t be found in my registry, but now my abouttabs page is missing again. All I get is aboutblank and a blank page appears. How do I get my abouttabs page back. If it is not babylon hijacking me what shall I search for? I hope you can help me. Thanks in advance.

    • Patricia says:

      I forgot to mention my OS is Windows 7 64-bit and I’m using IE-8. Sure would like to get my abouttabs page restored instead of aboutblank and a blank page. Hoping to hear from you. Thanks again.

  47. Christina Starr says:

    Thank you so much! I had this issue went looking all over the web trying to find a solution called all my tech savy friends and no one knew. Thank you once again. It worked right away and i am not having any more troubles thank you so much!!!!!!

  48. Mª Isabel Fontoura says:

    Thank you for helping me with this site Babylon, that was always appearing, instead my defalt page: www. sap. pt, whnever a opened a new separator; I did what is mentioned above on about.tabs, and the problem is solved.
    The only problem remaining is, that I have by defalut the google site for search, but dispite this, when I click the search options, it says giigle is prefeined/defalu) yes, but not available (disponível – in portuguese) what I think is strange, don’t you?

    I sometimes run a program named UNIBLUE – resgistry bosster; do you think it can be this program that might be destroying my definitions?

    Thank you for helping me!

    Mª Isabel Fontoura

  49. Seekandfind says:

    Worked fo rme. Thank you.

  50. Anbarasan says:

    Mr Mezanul, Thank you for your information. I regained the default new tab page of IE8. I used the regedit method and the IE new tab was altered by Babylon.

  51. rachel says:

    Had aboutTabs disappear too, but seemed to fix that (just typed it in the toolbar and then resaved it as the new tab setting). But now, whenever we turn the computer off, all of the previously stored Tab pages (those handly little boxes on the screen) all disappear. Do you know anything about why that would happen and how to correct?

  52. rachel says:

    I was able to resotre About:Tabs by simply typing it into the search bar and then resaving that as the default tab when opening a new one. but for some reason now, when we shut the computer off, all of those prefered web-pages (the handy little square boxes on the screen) disappear. It’s like a brand new page each time. Any thoughts?

  53. surekha says:

    Thanks Mezanul for the help. My issue is now resolved. Got rid of Babylon search!

  54. shaun :) says:

    this is real easy guys. i’ll make this so simply for you. go to tool>internet options>general>tabs>then halfway down you’ll see “when a new tab opens….” you’ll probably see it say “a blank page” just change it to “a new tab” or the other option. problem solved!

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