What is Hao123?
Hao123 is a browser hijacker developed by Conduit Ltd. As it belongs to the Conduit family it is very similar to Iminent Community Toolbar, Eazel Toolbar and many other Conduit programs. Hao123 is usually bundled with free software and compatible with all popular browsers. Once in the system Hao123 can modify your browser settings, hence, if you want to set you preferences back to normal you will have to delete Hao123 from your computer.
How does Hao123 work?
Hao123 is distributed like many other unwanted programs by being bundled with freeware or shareware. Obviously, this method of distribution is chosen because it is the easiest way of getting into the system without being noticed. That is why you should be cautious when installing free programs and make sure that you are not installing something that you do not need. In order to avoid such programs you should choose Custom Installation and deselect the unnecessary applications. That way you will only install what you want.
However, if Hao123 is already in the system you will notice that your browser setiings have been changed, i.e. your home page and default browser will be replaced by hao123.com. You may also notice the Hao123 Toolbar in all of your browsers. What is more, you will not be able to surf the web without constant interruptions and redirects to Hao123 websites such as en.hao.123, br.hao.123, jp.hao.123 and many more. Your browser will also be filled with various ads like pop-ups, banners and so on. As you can see, the program is nothing but a bother and you should not hesitate to remove Hao123 and return to normal Internet browsing.
How to delete Hao123.com?
If you want to improve your computer safety and remove Hao123.com, you can choose one of the two following options. The first one is to complete manual removal. As the program is not a virus itself, manual Hao123 removal can be completed. Afterwards, you should also reset your browsers and scan your PC with a malware scanner. The second option is to download and install a malware prevention and removal tool that will help you to uninstall Hao123 and all of its components. If you download a reliable anti-malware tool such as Spyhunter, you will also be able to scan your PC for other threats and make sure that it is clean. Moreover, you will not have to worry about infecting your computer as an anti-spyware program will safeguard it from other threats. Still, if you choose the first option you can use the instructions provided below.
Uninstall Hao123.com from Windows XP
1. Click on Start
2. Go to Control Panel
3. Choose Add or remove programs
4. Click on Hao123 and Remove
Terminate Hao123 from Windows 7 and Vista
1. Follow the above steps from 1 to 2
2. Pick Uninstall a program
3. Select Hao123 and Uninstall
Eliminate Hao123 from Windows 8
1. Press Windows key
2. Right-click on the background of Metro UI menu
3. Choose All apps and go to Control Panel
4. Click on Uninstall a program
5. Right-click on Hao123
6. Select Uninstall
Get rid of Hao123 from browsers
Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced tab -> Reset -> Reset -> Close
Help -> Troubleshooting Information -> Reset Firefox – > Reset Firefox – > Finish
Google Chrome menu -> Settings -> Show Advanced Settings -> Reset browser settings -> Reset.