What is Hao123.com?
Hao123 Toolbar is a browser plugin that provides you a search bar and a few shortcuts to your social networking accounts. The toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers. With the plugin installed users have an instant access to email notifier, radio player, weather and Facebook. Hao123 Toolbar is often thought to be related to hao123.com and tw.hao123.com, but this plugin is available at hao123.ourtoolbar.com. However, the toolbar also displays its menu in Chinese, just like hao123.com which is a legitimate Chinese news portal, supported by Baidu search engine.
Where does Hao123 Toolbar come from?
There have been many toolbars similar to Hao123 Toolbar before. All of them are developed by Conduit Ltd and they usually come with additional software. For example, Hao123 Toolbar is practically identical to Iminent Community Toolbar, Eazel Toolbar, Appbario Toolbar and other plugins from the same family. Apart from the official website, the toolbar can also come bundled with other software. Then you need to be especially attentive during the installation process, because you may install Hao123 Toolbar without even realizing that. What is more, should you install the full version of Hao123 Toolbar, your home page and default search engine will also be changed to search.conduit.com. Not to mention that the plugin also wants to install Nitro PDF reader - but you can easily choose to not install this software.
Due to the fact that Hao123 Toolbar changes your home page address and provides its own customized search engine, the plugin is considered to be a potentially unwanted application, and some users even think it has browser hijacker qualities. Nevertheless, despite the fact that Hao123 Toolbar may cause certain security risks, you can remove it from your PC without any difficulties.
How to remove Hao123 Toolbar?
In order to remove Hao123 Toolbar, you need to delete it via Control Panel and then manually restore default browser settings. To do that, follow the instructions below.
Hao123 Toolbar Manual Removal
Delete from Windows 8
- Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
- When Charms bar appears, click Settings and select Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove Hao123 Toolbar.
Delete from Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program and remove Hao123 Toolbar.
Delete from Windows XP
- Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel.
- Select Add or Remove programs and uninstall Hao123 Toolbar.
Delete Hao123 Toolbar from your browser
- Press Alt+X and select Manage add-ons.
- Remove Hao123 Toolbar from Toolbars and Extensions. Click Search providers on the left.
- Set another search engine as the default one, and remove Hao123 Customized Web Search from the list.
- Press Alt+X again and go to Internet options.
- Remove search.conduit.com from home page section under General tab.
- Enter a new home page address and click OK. Restart the browser.
- Press Ctrl+Shift+A and Add-ons Manager tab will open.
- Remove Hao123 Toolbar from Extensions. Close the tab.
- Click search icon the left of the Mozilla search box (top right corner).
- Choose Manage search engines and remove Hao123 Customized Web Search. Click OK.
- Press Firefox button and go to Options.
- Delete search.conduit.com from home page section under General tab.
- Enter a new home page address and click OK. Restart Firefox.
- Press Alt+F and select Tools.
- Go to Extensions and remove Hao123 Toolbar from the list. Click Settings on the left.
- Select Open a page or list of pages under On Start-up. Click Set pages.
- Delete search.conduit.com and enter a new home page address. Click OK.
- Select Manage search engines under Search.
- Remove Hao123 Customized Web Search and set a new default search engine.
- Click Done and restart browser for the changes to take effect.
It is also highly recommended to scan your computer with SpyHunter scanner to make sure that your system is absolutely free of undesirable applications. If you have any questions about Hao123 Toolbar or any other plugin, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.
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