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Hao123. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Also known as Hao123 redirect, Hao123 hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers
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What is Hao123?

Hao123 (can also be found as hao.123,, en.hao.123, br.hao.123, tw.hao.123, jp.hao.123 or vn.hao.123, etc.) is a potentially unwanted application, which is also known as browser hijacker. In most of the cases, it is propagated using illegal/unfair distribution methods, so there is no surprise if it has already showed up on your computer without downloading it. Once it enters it, there are lots of system modifications that it may try to initiate. In most of the cases, it hijacks Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers by adding its own browser add-on. In addition, don't be surprised after discovering changes of your start page, default search engine and a new tab page. Of course, these positions are given toHao123 Toolbar, hao.123 and similar websites. If you have just discovered that, there is one thing that you have to remember - this search engine can easily show you altered search results and may try to redirect you to unknown websites. In most of the cases, it promotes legitimate websites that seek only to increase their page rank or sales, but there is no guarantee that you won't be tricked into visiting unsafe domain that is used for spreading questionable software. Besides, you may also start noticing annoying pop-up advertisements every time when you start your browsing on the web. In most of occasions, changing the browser doesn't help to avoid Hao123 redirects because this virus drops hidden files on the system that can be uninstalled only with a help of reputable anti-spyware. If you want to fix your PC, you should waste no time and scan it with SpyHunter . This program will help you to remove Hao123 virus from the system without any delay..


Hao123 search is mostly propagated using several distribution methods. Note that you should definitely install updated anti-spyware if you want to prevent infiltration of this hijacker. In addition, you should avoid freeware and shareware, or carefully check every installation window when downloading such program on your computer. For getting such ability, we highly recommend you to select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then uncheck all questionable check marks. If this potentially unwanted program manages to get inside its target PC system, it may alter your PC's settings. Typically, you may discover changes in your start page, default search engine and new tab page. Besides, you may also find Hao123 Toolbar on your computer and receive annoying pop-up advertisements when searching on the Internet. If you think your PC may be infected with this redirect virus, you should not wait for its redirects to questionable websites. In this case, you should check your computer with updated anti-spyware or follow this detailed removal guide:


If you think your PC is infected with Hao123 hijacker, you should immediately run a full system scan with one of those programs that are mentioned in Automatic Hao123 removal guide. After that you may also need to follow a manual removal guide:

You can remove Hao123 automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Manual Hao123 Removal Guide

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Step 1: Uninstall Hao123 and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Hao123 from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove Hao123 from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Uninstall Hao123 and related programs
  • Here, look for Hao123 or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove Hao123 from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Hao123 or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove Hao123 from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Uninstall Hao123 from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Hao123 from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Hao123 and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Hao123 removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Hao123 from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Hao123 and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Hao123 removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Hao123 from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Hao123 and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Hao123 removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove Hao123 from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Hao123 or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Hao123, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Hao123 removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Hao123 removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Hao123 registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Hao123

Map reveals the prevalence of Hao123. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: China, Egypt, Macau, Vietnam and Brazil.

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Comments on Hao123

Fab! That Hao123 tab opening in Chrome was really annoying me! Cheers, liltoffee
Used adwcleaner. Problem resolved. No need manual steps.
I looked into settings of my Firefox, IE, and Chrome. None of apps or plug-ins in the nature of "Hao123" or "Conduit" or "Babylon" show up. However, only my Firefox has hao123 as the start page. Chrome & IE are fine.

Any idea on why this happen? I tried to clean up everything but no help.
I have experienced that hao123 attached in IE and I did everything to clean it but still it show up as start page.
I did uninstall, reset browser, clean registration keys. And finally I found that the hao123 was written after the ie dot exe file in property link target.
if you right click on IE icon > property> target, you will see "C:/program file/internet explore", there delete the -hao123...- part. your IE should back to its home start page. it is very tricky.
Been there done that, still the hao123 is still appearing in the ie explorer.
is there a free way to remove hao123?
On Firefox, Ive tried removing hao123 using adwcleaner, to no avail. Ive disabled plug-ins and extensions and uninstalled recently installed apps, all to no avail. Very frustrating!
I consider your very difficult method to remove your software as an agression
on chrome you also need to go into settings > startup and remove the hao poop from there too

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