Hao123 Toolbar Description
Getting infected with Hao123 Toolbar comes as a result of not paying attention when installing freeware or shareware programs. Their creators will often include the installation of the Hao123 Toolbar and similar browser add-ons in the installation process as a default. While computer users can opt out of installing the Hao123 Toolbar on their machines, many of them do not pay attention to the installation process and do not click on the appropriate box in order to opt out. While the Hao123 Toolbar may have legitimate uses, many of its behaviors are more in line with known threats.
As mentioned before, the Hao123 Toolbar makes disruptive changes to your web browser's settings, causing unwanted behaviors that are more closely related to browser hijacking than to a legitimate program. The most common symptoms of a Hao123 Toolbar infection include having your web browser's homepage changed to the Hao123 Toolbar search engine website and your default search engines changes to this toolbar's search engine as well. Carrying out a search from your search or address bar will instead lead you to the Hao123 Toolbar website to carry out that search. While these behaviors can certainly be irritating, they are usually not dangerous. ESG security researchers have not observed additional malware being installed as a result of the Hao123 Toolbar (the same cannot be said for many similar, more malicious web browser toolbars and add-ons).
The removal of the Hao123 Toolbar is not a straightforward procedure. This is because the Hao123 Toolbar makes changes to your system settings that allow Hao123 Toolbar to remain installed on your computer, causing web browser redirects, and forcing you to visit its annoying websites. To remove the Hao123 Toolbar from your computer and restore your web browser's original search engine, homepage and other settings, it is necessary to use normal removal procedures for web browser add-ons, a reliable anti-malware scanner to search your computer for the Hao123 Toolbar's components and to restore your web browser's settings by going through your web browser preferences and restoring everything to its default settings.
This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your computer. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.