Hao123.com Redirect

Also Known As: br.hao123.com or en.hao123.com virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Hao123.com - how to eliminate browser redirects to hao123.com?

What is Hao123.com?

The Hao123.com website was created by Baidu (one of the largest web services companies in China). This is a legitimate website, which enhances Internet users' browsing experience by providing easy access to trending sites, quick Internet search access, etc. While this site is not malicious, many computer users refer to it as the Hao123.com virus. These associations are made since the site is promoted using 'Hao123 client', a program provided as free software. This software modifies Internet browser settings and sets Hao123.com as the user's default search engine and homepage.

hao123.com browser hijacker

Hao123 client is promoted via free download websites using 'download clients', which offer installation of additional promoted software to users downloading freeware. When installing free software downloaded from the Internet, users are advised to inspect each installation step and select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical'. After choosing advanced installation, ensure that you opt-out of installation of additional browser toolbars or add-ons and disallow any suggested changes to your Internet browser settings.

The Hao123.com website is not malicious or related to virus or malware infections, however, Hao123 client, with its deceptive means of promotion, is categorized as adware. Commonly, browser redirects to Hao123.com are caused by reckless free software installation. This browser hijacker is similar to other browser settings-changing adware such as istart123.com, v9.com, omiga-plus.com, and default-search.net To avoid installation of this adware, express caution when downloading free software since, today, most freeware download websites employ deceptive 'download clients', which trick computer users into installing advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Advertised browser extensions rarely add any real value for the user, and moreover, often cause browser redirects and generate intrusive ads. When downloading free programs, closely inspect each step and decline installation of any promoted browser plug-ins. When installing downloaded freeware, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled adware listed for installation and allow you to decline it. If you feel that your Internet browser settings were modified without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate these issues.

Website promoting installation of hao123.com browser hijacker:

website promoting hao123.com browser hijacker

Deceptive free software installer used in Hao123.com browser hijacker distribution:

hao123.com browser hijacker installer

Quick menu:

Hao123.com redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

hao123.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Hao123-Client", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to Hao123.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Hao123.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove Hao123.com related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing hao123.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gears" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing hao123.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://hao123.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hao123.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "hao123".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the br.hao123.com or en.hao123.com virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove Hao123.com related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing hao123 extension from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing hao123.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://hao123.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hao123.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings," in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "hao123" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the br.hao123.com or en.hao123.com virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove hao123.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing hao123.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing hao123.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options," in the opened window remove hxxp://hao123.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing hao123.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "hao123"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with br.hao123.com or en.hao123.com virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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helicopter

rkill + malwarebytes detected some 2 suspicious items on my supposed
to be "cleaned" (i sweep it prior with Superantispyware) operation. That
didnt stop browser hijacking and redirection for Mozilla Firefox and Goodle Chrome.

I quit using the browsers shortcuts and pins and run the application
directly from the installation folder and the browsers run fine.

Later realized that the shortcuts had an added item extension names on its
"target:" text box. I either remove the extra stuff or deleted the
shortcuts completely and created/pinned a new ones.

Cant verify if they will pop up
again once i try to reinstall the browsers... if they do then that means
my system is still infected.

Veriyanto

I have exactly the same problem with my wintel w8 mini pc. Have you find any solution for this problem? Any info will be much appreciated. Thanks

Bora Yurtören

Outdated info. Apparently hao123 has changed the way it infects. There is no program to uninstall and there are no browser extensions to remove anymore. The infected pc is a wintel w8 mini pc, which came with win10 pre-installed. I just set it up and installed only the chrome browser. I downloaded the installer directly from google, and did not install anything else. After the second launch of the chrome, I had hao123 as the opening page. No malware removal software seems to find it. Internet explorer and Microsoft edge seems unaffected.