Hao123.com Virus

This page aims to help you remove Hao123.com “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

It is very likely that you have recently been bothered by one particular software piece – Hao123.com. This article has been especially prepared to answer all your questions about this browser hijacker. We are going to discuss why it might infect your browser apps only (Firefox, Explorer, Chrome); as well as all the special functions characterizing Hao123.com.

It is important to note that Hao123.com is not a malicious website in the least. However there have been many reports about redirects connected to this web address that might be indicative of a possible adware/browser hijacking situation. Normally, as such we consider its ability to generate many irritating pop-up ads, redirect you to web locations you hadn’t had any desire to go to; or to set some entirely unfamiliar homepages and search engines to the browsers installed on your PC. What’s more, we have discussed our collection of prevention measures to help you stay away from this kind of software when you have already managed to handle the current infection. Hao123.com belongs to the browser hijacker family, meaning that this program might be perfectly capable of causing some modifications to your browser apps. As you might have already concluded from its ‘alias’, this type of software could alter the majority of your browsers’ settings. The following changes may lead to the the generation of lots of ads; as well as to some irritating redirects, and last but not least – to the display of some unknown search engines and homepages. These are the possible effects Hao123.com “Virus” might have on your device.

Several slightly suspicious effects:

Still, there might be some more or less likely activities Hao123.com “Virus” might perform – such are the actual research on your browsing preferences done according to your most regular browsing requests. Thus, the advertising campaign overwhelming your browser apps may solely display ads that really fit into the profile of the most recent requests. All that has motivated some experts to identify browser hijackers as a potentially unwanted kind of software.

Is there any relation between browser hijackers and real forms of malware?

Browser hijackers might top the list of the most disturbing programs you could ever happen to experience while browsing the web. Nonetheless, they aren’t really related in any way to any malicious program, which comes from the the fact that normally hijackers do not have any harmful effects. The characteristic features of the most common virus categories such as Ransomware and Trojans may include looking into your data and locking up most of it. Furthermore, real viruses, like the ones from the Ransomware and Trojan categories as perfect examples, are really capable of damaging your entire system; or deleting some of your precious data; and of formatting all your hard drives. One more likely feature of the most widely spread malware type, the Trojans, is to spy on you and track all your activities right after the virus has been installed on your PC. What’s more horrid is that all these activities could be so subtle and unnoticeable that you might not be able to see them before they have caused some real problems like bank account draining. 

How does the contamination process with Hao123.com “Virus” occur?

The probable ways of distributing Hao123.com are more or less directly connected to the basic reasons why such programs have been created in the first place. Programmers tend to spread hijackers and other ad-broadcasting programs by putting them in bundles with many other programs, games and apps. In general, such software sets might be accessed for free as their creators are paid for the generated ads. However, the infection with Hao123.com is very UNLIKELY just because you have downloaded a program bundle for free. An infection like this can only take place if you install the downloaded bundle in a rushed or ignorant way, which will not give you the chance to choose exactly what to get installed on your device and what from the downloaded bundle to exclude from the ongoing installation process.

In case you do want to keep your PC hijacker-free and have the real chance of installing only the components of a bundle you really want, it is absolutely obligatory that you select the more elaborate installation options – like the Custom, Customized or the Advanced ones. That is actually the way to take control over the installation process of any software, and to personally and manually decide which features and programs you want to incorporate into your PC.

The Removal Guide below:

If an infection has already taken place and you have to remove Hao123.com from your system, please proceed to the instructions in the guide below this article.


Name Hao123.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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About the author

Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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