Remove from Chrome/Firefox/IE


Suddenly took over your homepage and you cannot remove it.

In order to remove browser hijacker scam, you need to uninstall it from your add/remove programs. Hao123 is developed by Baidu. This is an  advertising application that integrates itself as a browser extension. Baidu is a well known  Chinese portal that is often referred as the Chinese “Google”. The toolbar Hao123 is actually developed by Conduit Ltd. hijacker is not a computer infection, you should remove it from your computer because of serious security risks.

The parasite is installed without user’s consent, and it will change your home page to The problem is that Hao123 displays numerous annoying advertisements regardless if you want them or not. It is advasable not to use this search engine as the presented advertisements are not regulated. They may trick you to install additional adware or even malware. The parasite installer is promoted via several advertising platforms that is why you can get easily infected with hao123 easily by some fake updates.

How to Remove virus (Manual Removal Guide)

If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

The adware is specifically designed to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.

STEP 1: Uninstall from Add\Remove Programs

STEP 2: Remove pop-up ads from Chrome

STEP 3: Remove addon from Firefox

STEP 4: Remove homepage from Internet Explorer

STEP 5: Permanently Remove leftovers from the System

STEP 1 : Uninstall from your computer

Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command

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Type “Appwiz.cpl

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Locate any software and click on uninstall/change. In general you should remove all unknown programs.


STEP 2 : Remove pop-up ads from Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome
  • In the Main Menu (1), select Tools (2)—> Extensions (3)
  • Remove any Apps by clicking on the little recycle bin
  • Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind

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STEP 3 : Remove Adware from Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Disable the Extension
  • Go to Help (1)
  • Then Troubleshoot information (2)
  • Click on Reset Firefox (3)

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STEP 4 : Remove from IE

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon (1)
  • Click on Internet options (2) 
  • Select the Advanced tab (3) and click on Reset (4).

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  • Close IE

Reset your hosts file to its default.

How to Permanently Remove Virus (automatic) Removal Guide

Nevertheless, manual removal is successful, We recommend to use any professional anti-malware scanner to identify and remove all malware leftovers.

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