Remove Hao123
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Hao123 | Type: Browser Hijackers

Hao123 is a potentially unwanted application, which is propagated using illegal/unfair distribution methods. Once it sneaks inside the system, this program makes several system's modifications that are closely related to Hao.123 website and Hao123 Toolbar. The clearest sign, saying that your computer is infected with this hijacker, is continuous redirects to en.hao.123, br.hao.123, tw.hao.123,  jp.hao.123 or vn.hao.123 or similar websites. Besides, you may also receive annoying pop-up advertisements every time you start browsing on the web. In most of occasions, changing the browser doesn't help to avoid this redirect virus because it affects every web browser, which is installed on the system. If you want to fix your PC, you have to remove Hao123 from the system without any delay..

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH HAO123?

Hao123 redirect virus is 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. As soon as it gets inside the system, it alters some of 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 check your computer with updated anti-spyware. Besides, we also recommend following this detailed removal guide:

HOW TO REMOVE HAO123?

If you think your PC is infected with Hao123, 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:

Automatic Hao123 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

Step 1: Uninstall Hao123 and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Hao123 or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are 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.

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

Step 2: Remove Hao123 from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

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: Remove Hao123 from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Hao123 and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking 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.
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.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Hao123 and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
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.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose 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.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Hao123 and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
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.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Hao123 removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Hao123 or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
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.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, 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.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Hao123:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Hao123

This 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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The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Hao123 are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Hao123 right in your pocket.
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Information added: 2014-08-13 02:03
Information updated: 2014-08-13 02:03

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Users comments about Hao123:

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Ceci
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.
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Kathy
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"hao123.com/...., there delete the -hao123...- part. your IE should back to its home start page. it is very tricky.
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Vannessa
Been there done that, still the hao123 is still appearing in the ie explorer.
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tea
is there a free way to remove hao123?
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Valentin
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zhacz
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!
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hakim
I consider your very difficult method to remove your software as an agression
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Todd
on chrome you also need to go into settings > startup and remove the hao poop from there too
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