What is Hao123.com?
Hao123.com is a search engine developed by Baidu and distributed via Hao123 browser extension. Baidu is a Chinese portal that provides computer users with search services. Hao123 by Baidu is promoted as a tool that can help you access relevant web content quickly and easily. It is also classified as adware. When you install Hao123 by Baidu, you are also offered to set Hao123.com as your home page. If you do not pay attention to the installation process, you agree to these changes without even realizing it. The search engine will appear in all of your browsers. If you want to get rid of Hao123.com, you will have to delete Hao123 by Baidu.
How does Hao123.com work?
After Hao123.com is set as you home page, you will see it every time you open your browsers. The website itself has plenty of links to various websites including popular social networking pages, news portals, e-mail services and so on. The links are even grouped into categories like Music, Video & TV, News, Social, Shopping, Games, etc.
The main problem with Hao123 is that it presents you with various commercial ads. You will constantly see these advertisements in your browser windows no matter which web page you visit. Moreover, these ads will be customized according to your online activities which means that you are being tracked by the application. We would suggest you stay away from the ads provided by the program as they may expose you to unsafe web content that could lead to malware infections.
Hao123 usually travels bundled with other freeware so it is not at all surprising that you may not have noticed when it got installed. If you do not pay attention to freeware and shareware installations, you will end up with various potentially unwanted applications that have no business being on your PC. Next time you install freeware, choose Advanced installation option and deselect all additional programs. As for now, you should terminate Hao123.com without hesitation.
How to remove Hao123.com?
There are two ways you can delete Hao123.com: manual or automatic removal. If you choose the first option, in order to uninstall Hao123.com from your browsers, you will also have to eliminate Hao123 from your system. Full instructions of the manual removal are provided below. If, on the other hand, you want to remove Hao123.com automatically, you should download an anti-malware utility and use it to scan your PC, detect the threats and clean your computer. Moreover, the malware prevention and removal software will also safeguard your system in the future.
Tips on Hao123.com Removal
Terminate Hao123 by Baidu:
- Click Start and open Control Panel
- Pick Add or remove programs
- Choose the software and click Remove
Windows 7 and Vista
- Click on Start and go to Control Panel
- Select Uninstall a program
- Right-click on the application
- Choose Uninstall
- Press Win+R and type in Control
- Click OK and then pick Uninstall a program
- Choose the software and click Uninstall
Delete Hao123.com from browsers:
- Alt+T → Internet Options → Advanced tab → Reset → Delete personal settings → Reset → Close
- Alt+H → Troubleshooting Information → Reset Firefox → Reset Firefox → Finish
- Alt+F → Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Reset browser settings → Reset.