Hao.360.cn Removal Instructions
Hao.360.cn is a browser hijacker that was developed by Qihoo. It is aimed at Chinese computer users and is somewhat similar to another well-known hijacker, Hao123.com. Most browser hijackers are distributed together with bundled freeware and Hao.360.cn is no different. It can enter your system without your notice and modify your browser settings automatically.
With its arrival, you will also notice a dramatic increase in the number of advertisements that appear in your browser. Although the hijacker is not malicious itself, it can expose you to unsafe web content like fake ads and corrupted links. If you want to improve your cyber security level, you should terminate Hao.360.cn.
How does Hao.360.cn work?
The reason why most users do not remember installing Hao.360.cn is because it enters the system together with other freeware and shareware. You are usually presented with offers to install additional programs in the installation wizard. If you skip through it without paying attention to what you are agreeing to, you end up with potentially unwanted applications. It is better to keep your computer clean and not allow unnecessary software to get access to it. Always choose Advanced installation mode and decline all additional offers made to you.
Hao.360.cn gets set as your home page and default search provider as soon as you install the unwanted program. The website itself contains tons of links to various pages. You will see links to news articles, online games, and more. You will also notice various advertisements. The site contains a search box which redirects you to haosou.com. The results you see on that page are filled with sponsored links. You will also see commercial content on other sites that you visit. Do not trust them blindly, because there is no way to be sure that the presented ads are safe. If you want to get rid of them altogether, you should delete Hao.360.cn.
How to remove Hao.360.cn?
If you want to eliminate Hao.360.cn for good, you will have to uninstall its related program and reset your web browsers. This can be done manually or automatically. If you go with manual Hao.360.cn removal, you can use the instructions given below this article. If, however, you decide to uninstall Hao.360.cn automatically, you should download an anti-malware utility and let it scan your computer. The malware remover will detect all elements of the infection and erase Hao.360.cn completely. It will also continue being useful in the future by working as a malware prevention tool.
- Win+C → Settings → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
- Select the suspicious application and click Uninstall
Windows 7 & Vista/Windows XP
- Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a program/Add or remove programs
- Choose the unwanted program and click Uninstall/Remove
Remove Hao.360.cn from browsers:
- Gear icon → Internet Options → Advanced → Reset
- Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset
- Menu → Question mark → Firefox Help → Refresh Firefox
- Click Refresh Firefox to confirm your action
- Menu → Settings → Show Advanced Settings
- Click Reset settings and select Reset