Hao123 toolbar - How to remove?

 

Hao123 toolbar is a browser hijacker. It can be installed together with freeware or shareware applications. Once it is in your computer, you will see it the same moment because Hao123 makes visible changes. First of all your home page and your search pages will be changed to its own. Each search you will do from address bar or search box will cause you to use Hao123 website.

Although Hao123 toolbar might be quite irritating for some of us, it is not highly dangerous. This browser hijacker does not install additional malware to computer. Alas it is quite tricky to get rid of  it. A simple uninstall procedure is not enough since some of its settings stay in the system and continue to redirect a user to unwanted web pages.

If you have problems getting rid of Hao123 toolbar, cannot reset web browser‘s default settings, such as search engine and home page, we recommend to complete step by step removal instructions:

How to remove Hao123 toolbar  from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  1. Click on the arrow on the right of the search box;
  2. Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click on Change search defaults;
  3. Remove Hao123 toolbar from the list.

How to remove Hao123 toolbar from IE 11:

  1. Click on the Settings icon (top right)->Manage Addons;
  2. Select Search Providers;
  3. Change the default search engine to Bing or Google;
  4. If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.

How to remove Hao123 toolbar from Firefox:

  1. Enter “about:config” in url bar. This will open settings page;
  2. Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it;
  3. Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click it and reset it;
  4. Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click it and reset it;
  5. Type “browser.startup.homepage” in the search box. Right click it and reset;
  6. Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab;
  7. If the settings revert and scan with anti-malware programs are clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.

How to remove Hao123 toolbar from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on the browser toolbar;
  2. Select Settings;
  3. Select Basics ->Manage Search engines;
  4. Remove unnecessary search engines from the list;
  5. Go back to Settings. On Startup choose ‘Open blank page’ (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too);
  6. If your New Tab page is hijacked, you will have to scan with anti-malware program or use New Tab Redirect extension from Chrome Store.

 

 

Automatic Hao123 toolbar removal tools

 
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Hao123 toolbar screenshots

 
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11 thoughts on “Hao123 toolbar

  1. hitesh
     

    followed the above instructions but still cant get rid of it

     
    1. hitesh : which browser is still affected?

       
  2. Siri
     

    Same as hitesh. I use Mozilla. I tried what you said but without success.
    Thanks.

     
    1. Siri : go to about:config and search for hao entries Or contact Helpdesk and they will provide custom fix.

       
  3. Sabah Kid
     

    I found a link on Yahoo which got rid of hao123 by going into the registry.

    Open start menu and type “regedit”
    Then open edit tab.
    Look for all files/references to hao123 and delete. But take care not to delete anything else only references to hao123. Deleting anything else could cause system instability.

    The above worked for me in Chrome and the troublesome hijack browser thing disappeared. Before I did this I tried to delete via control panel Add/Remove Programs but it was hidden and wasn’t listed. I wouldn’t have even known it was in Chrome if I hadn’t tried to open a new browser tab (Cntrl + T). Each time I opened new tab the damn thing kept appearing instead of the usual new tab default page. I might run Malware scan and AVG or Spybot too just to make sure all remnants are removed.

     
  4. KC
     

    Hi,
    I tried your method to remove hao123 but in vain. I am using IE9. Please advise. Thanks.

     
  5. sirius
     

    @Sabah Kid
    It worked for me, thanks a lot! C:

     
  6. David B.
     

    Here is how I finally replaced hao123 with google.com for my Opening/Home Page:

    - Click on the icon ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ (the three small horizontal bars in the top right corner of your page).

    - Go to Settings.

    - Go to “On startup”.

    - Hover your cursor over the unwanted Url (probably hao123) until the “x” appears. Click “x” to remove it from the list.

    - Then…and this was what made all the difference in my case…TYPE IN “google.com” or whatever Url you want to take over and be your new Opening/Home Page in the “Enter Url…” box. I tried this a half dozen times with no success by copying and pasting from the address bar the Url I wanted to take over and be my Opening/Home Page. That didn’t work for me. The only thing that worked was literally TYPING IN the Url as simply as “google.com” (without the ” ” marks, of course).

    - Click “OK”, “Apply” or whatever to set the new Url as your new Opening/Home Page and close the page.

    - Click on your browser icon to see if your new Opening/Home Page reset has worked. If it has and the Opening/Home Page you wanted to open opens, GREAT! If it doesn’t, good luck and keep trying. Something is bound to work eventually.

     
  7. rani
     

    i have tried to delet hao123 but it couldnt either from IE or from google chrome. please to tell me wot should i do.

     
  8. rani
     

    Sabah Kid :I found a link on Yahoo which got rid of hao123 by going into the registry.
    Open start menu and type “regedit”Then open edit tab.Look for all files/references to hao123 and delete. But take care not to delete anything else only references to hao123. Deleting anything else could cause system instability.
    The above worked for me in Chrome and the troublesome hijack browser thing disappeared. Before I did this I tried to delete via control panel Add/Remove Programs but it was hidden and wasn’t listed. I wouldn’t have even known it was in Chrome if I hadn’t tried to open a new browser tab (Cntrl + T). Each time I opened new tab the damn thing kept appearing instead of the usual new tab default page. I might run Malware scan and AVG or Spybot too just to make sure all remnants are removed.

    it didnt work do tell me how can i get rid of it

     
    1. Rani : Scan and make sure if there is no program that freezes browser settings.

       

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