Babylon

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 328 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.3r23
  • Total Downloads:
    5,875,287
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 09, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (3-day trial); $9.90 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    705.58KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    274
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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The ancient city of Babylon was a crossroads of cultures and languages, and the program Babylon makes good on its linguistic heritage. It can translate 31 languages from your desktop, offers a huge gallery of glossary add-ons, and gives direct access to Wikipedia results in 20 languages. In addition to deeper language libraries, the latest version introduces a new, streamlined interface, single-click document and Web site translation, and a new language detection-feature that recognizes languages without user input.

Babylon translates individual words and phrases on the fly by highlighting and right-clicking or using a hot-key combination that can be adjusted in the Settings menu. Babylon 8 also introduces a "globe" option that keeps the program running in the background and available on your desktop. You can listen to a computerized voice pronounce words in English, but you'll need to add more text-to-speech engines to hear words in other languages. Another helpful feature lets you quickly convert currency, measurements, or time zones, and you can create your own personalized glossaries with links and embedded images.

If you regularly need translations across all your programs and Web surfing, Babylon's default setting to load at start-up will probably seem like a boon. If that's not what you're looking for, you can adjust it under the Miscellaneous tab in Settings. Resource usage spiked when translating full documents, but not overly so--it worked rapidly and didn't interfere with a simultaneously running media player. The full-featured 30-day trial offers plenty of time to decide whether Babylon is valuable to you. The wide array of features and impressive options for adding custom content help this reference tool earn a top rating.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 28
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 328 votes

    • 5 star 135
    • 4 star 39
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 20
    • 1 star 124
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1 stars

"Search function is deliberately deceptive"

August 25, 2012  |  By foxrobe

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

Not aware of any. Have not tried the translation tool but the hijacking of browser and search functions is a worry.

Cons

Hijacked browser and search functions on my IE and Firefox. Claims to have an easy uninstall means via Control Panel on Windows but (cleverly) it does not appear there. Babylon's execttives do not respond to e mails

Summary

The on line community should have an effective ban on the search product and the misleading and deceptive conduct by Babylon

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5 stars

"the only reliable translator"

August 22, 2012  |  By dulce23alam

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

the translation is very accurate

Cons

it isn't cheap

Summary

exactly what I needed for my studies.

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5 stars

"babylon now is free!"

August 19, 2012  |  By isaias_hudock

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

so really there's no reason not to use it,
it's the best translation tool available online!

Cons

it wasn't free before and that I didn't liike , but now that it is, no complaints!

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5 stars

"babylon translator is better than google!"

August 16, 2012  |  By 3malcom_keeley

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

The Babylon software makes it easy to translate any text from specific programs. If the program cannot be fully integrated with the software, it can still be translated by simply copying and pasting the text directly into the program so it's just perfect for me!

Cons

the free version doesn't translate text but it's perfect for words translation.

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1 stars

"LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

August 14, 2012  |  By ZirconAcid

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

like one of the other reviews said its got a cool name

Cons

absolutely EVERYTHING!!!

Summary

Obtrusive computer program designed by sand n|99ers from saudi- whatever the **** its called, to infultrate your browser and high-jack it worse than 9/11. Obviously every review on this that's above .5 stars is written by some 70 year old elderly person who has no idea what malware means or what a computer registry is.

If you think this is good you need to have your computer taken away from you and be banned from using any others.

and shame on Cnet for hosting this trash, yea i know you guys get a **** ton of money from babylon because there one or your sponsors but COME ON!!!.

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1 stars

"Babylon Toolbar (Browser Plug-In) ACTS lIKE MALWARE"

August 08, 2012  |  By lschwartz6

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

None noted with respect to browser plug-in.

Cons

The Babylon browser plug-in is intrusive and very difficult to uninstall. Many regard it to constitute malware.

Summary

Reimage (a company that offers an on-line OS repair program) recently initiated a policy wherein the Babylon browser plug-in is automatically installed on your computer during the course of downloading the Reimage repair software. In addition to my own terrible experience with Babylon, I did some research that revealed:

Babylon was developed by Babylon Ltd., an Israeli public company (TASE: BBYL). It is, among other things, a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. This toolbar hijacks default browser settings, does not provide an option to automatically revert to previous settings, and is infamous for the complicated un-installation process. This behavior qualifies the software as malware in many users' opinions.

As suggested above, I found it to be very difficult to remove Babylon from my system. I personally gave up the effort. I contacted Reimage support and the tech logged into my computer to try to uninstall it himself. It took him 57 minutes to complete the process.

It is my guess that Babylon, Ltd. purchased or otherwise affiliated with Reimage and that the Reimage repair program is now being used as a Trojan horse to proliferate their browser technology. For me, the Babylon browser is markedly substandard and objectionable. Prior to purchasing Reimage or installing any Babylon product, I would urge all potential customers to research "Babylon" to understand what they're in for.

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1 stars

"UTTER BOLLOX"

August 02, 2012  |  By phillintheuk

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

NONE NONE NONE NONE......AND NONE AGAIN

Cons

PLENTY.....

Summary

why is CNET ruining it's once good name by allowing Babylon to install itself onto peoples comps and then making itself so hard to remove, I was downloading a prog from Cnet and during install it asked me if i wanted to install Babylon.....I clicked NO and continued only to find the friggin thing HAD installed itself anyway.......CNET has gone DOWN in my estimation.....VERY POOR INDEED.

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1 stars

"malware providers"

July 28, 2012  |  By ycantireviewfromfbaccount

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

really? there are any?

Cons

these guys provide malware that is quite difficult to remove.

Summary

it's malware; the guys who make this are scum of society and i am mystified it hasn't been listed as malware

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1 stars

"MALWARE/VIRUS!"

July 27, 2012  |  By Southern76

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

MALWARE - DO NOT INSTALL

Cons

This will take over your browser, leaving the un-IT aware struggling to remove all the junk it puts on your system.

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1 stars

"BEWARE - THIS IS A VIRUS"

July 26, 2012  |  By Seriously-annoyed

 |  Version: Babylon 9.0.3r23

Pros

BEWARE - VIRUS

Cons

CNET should compensate users for this invasive virus as they put it as a download from their site. Wheter dressed up as adware, malware or whatever, it is an unwanted virus. The "apology" supposedly from babylon I don't trust given the incideous nature of their "product".
CNET owe it to everyone to put a fix out there for all of us and block babylon permanently.... seriously, SERIOUSLY annoyed

Summary

BEWARE - VIRUS

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.3r23
Version 9.0.3 added live Translation Community ,spelling and Proofreading and human Voice.
General
Publisher Babylon
Publisher web site http://www.babylon.com
Release Date September 09, 2011
Date Added September 09, 2011
Version 9.0.3r23
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 705.58KB
File Name Babylon10_setup_ns.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,875,287
Downloads Last Week 274
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 3-day trial
Price $9.9

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