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Hao123 shortcuts installed by a software bundle

Hao123 is a Chinese online listings portal by Baidu.[1] It also has a Portuguese[2] and a Thai[3] version.

Hao123 has been accused of internet hijacking by installing a virus that inserts Hao123 onto the Desktop.[citation needed] It is a malicious browser hijacker and often installs itself without user's consent, and once installed it is difficult to remove. Hao123 uses windows service, registry and browser parameters to modify the browser's default setting and prevent being removed or uninstalled by adding itself back through windows service. It also sniffs user's internet traffic illegally and forces users to visit its website to improve its website traffic ranking. For this reason Hao123 is considered as malware by many anti-virus programs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Paul Bischoff (2014-07-18). "China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil". Tech In Asia. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  2. ^ "Learn how to remove Hao123". Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  3. ^ "Chinese net giant Baidu faces call for boycott in Thailand". Tech In Asia. 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2019-01-30.

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