Hao123 toolbar - How to remove?

 
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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.

About Hao123.com virus

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.

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Hao123.com is a Chinese searching engine. So if English-speaking user would get infected with this parasite, he/she would feel an instant urge to get rid of this site. It is a very popular facility in China but in other places, it has been blamed for secretive infiltration and unauthorized modification of users’ settings. Hao123.com is also constructed in two additional languages: Thai and Portuguese. We advise you to take caution in these websites and try to stick with more appropriate searching engines.

This specific browser hijacker is an old-timer and is active since 2012. About 4 years the rains of Castamere have fallen on the heads of Internet users as they battled this Hao123.com virus. It has the characteristics, proper for any member of the hijackware clan. It redirects, it shows advertisements, it shows information in Chinese language and expects that people won’t found this phenomenon bizarre. However, the long years of its reign, a lot of similar domains have been designed that also carry a part of the indicated address.

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For instance, En.hao123.com virus is more corresponding with the needs of English-speaking users. It is written in the latter language and has shortcuts to websites that are popular in the Western culture. The downside of this feature is that once users attempt to access webpages that En.hao123.com offers to direct you immediately, it will additionally open up a bizarre pop-up. Experience for every visitor might be unique and individualized as the presented pop-up was always different. However, the tendency was quite clear-cut as most of the unexpected windows suggested that the computer device is facing some severe security issues. If you press “OK”, “MORE INFORMATION”, or “DOWNLOAD” your device can be jeopardized by a sneaky parasite, ready to rearrange your settings and cause setbacks in general. The following pictures are going to show the domain (En.hao123.com) and the possible pop-ups that might appear after clicking on its shortcuts.

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Distribution Methods of Hao123.com virus

Hao123.com virus and its descendants might be brought to your device after an unsecured installation process which was not carried out in an advanced/custom mode. Before downloading programs, always make sure if they are legitimate and won’t opt to install more programs or make unauthorized changes. If you notice that the application insists on these features, then please do not continue with the installation process and pick a safer choice instead.

To remove Hao123 Toolbar, go to Control Panel, Add/Remove programs list and uninstall anything related to Hao123 Toolbar from there. Some versions of this hijacker install software that blocks browser settings from changing. To identify them, scanning with Spyhunter, StopZilla or other reputable anti-spyware tool might be useful. If you have problems getting rid of Hao123 toolbar, cannot reset web browsers’ default settings, such as search engine and home page, we recommend to complete step by step removal instructions, provide below.

Manual removal of Hao123 Toolbar

  Top How To remove Hao123 toolbar from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Hao123 toolbar, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Hao123 toolbar from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Hao123 toolbar related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Hao123 toolbar, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is 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.
    Remove user.js
If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Hao123 toolbar virus from Internet Explorer:

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

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

How to remove Hao123 toolbar from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Hao123 toolbar and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Hao123 toolbar, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Hao123 toolbar page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete Hao123 toolbar part from target field.

 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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

  5. FINALLY, hao123 homepage is remove! The easiest way is to download program which prompt you to accept their website as homepage and once it SUCCESSFULLY REPLACED the hao123, you are able to change the homepage you want at the internet option. I accidentally succeeded when I try to download Realplayer cloud and it prompt to use their “ask.com” homepage. After enough of staring at hao123 for days, I just want to try anything to get rid of it and I DID IT!! LOL.
    By downloading SUPER AntiSpyware Free Edition, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and adwcleaner, doesn’t work in this case to remove the hao123.
    Good Luck, guys!

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