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If you are wondering how your computer became infected with Hao123.com and you are looking for answers, then you have come to the right website. We are aware of this infection and it has been classified as a browser hijacker. We know that this hijacker is annoying and you would like to remove it, please refer to our removal guide at the bottom of this article. However, it is important to know how it actually got on your computer in order to avoid such infections in the future. Hao123.com’s main purpose is to change your browser’s homepage. It does that to generate web traffic and make money for its creators. So without further ado, let us begin discussing this program’s origins, distribution, and how it works.
This browser hijacker originates from China, and it has been created by china’s largest web services company called Baidu. One thing is for sure though. Hao123.com targets users from Asia and the Middle East, since it has been translated into many languages from those regions. As far as we know, it is distributed via malicious software installers and download managers on various Asian freeware websites, so we think that the chances of finding Hao123.com is European or American websites are quire slim. Since it uses software bundling as its primary means of distribution, we think that it might also be found with other unreliable applications.
Hao123.com is not a malicious website. But it is so cramped with promotions and links to third-party websites that it is just plain irritating. The layout of the website and its content very much depends on what language you are using. So for example the English version of this website is quite shabby and does not feature many links. The Chinese, Taiwanese or the Portuguese versions, for example, are full of them. However, some links do not even work and the overall browsing experience seems pretty poor. In any case, this search engine uses Google’s and Yahoo’s as well as some other not very well-known search engine’s search results. So there is really no point of having Hao123.com if you are using Google or Yahoo. It must also be said that the third-party content and various promotions can redirect you to potentially unreliable websites. One major problem you may face is changing your homepage, because this hijacker will once again be reset as your default homepage the next time you launch your browser. And it affects Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. On different occasions Hao123.com might also have an accompanying browser extension that you should remove as well.
So if you want to eradicate this browser hijacker once and for all you should first go to the Control Panel and uninstall all of the applications associated with Hao123.com. Second, you should do the same in your browser. Check your browser’s list of extensions for unusual add-ons that you find suspicious and get rid of them. Lastly you can change your browser’s home page to your desired website. Please refer to the step-by-step instructions provided below. If manual removal proves to be unsuccessful, you will definitely delete Hao123.com using our recommended antimalware tool.
Uninstall Hao123.com-related programs from Windows
Windows Vista & 7
Windows 8 & 8.1
Remove the Hao123.com-related extensions
Microsoft Internet Explorer