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Hao123Tab is an agent from the browser plug-in category. This browser extension is specifically made for Google Chrome browser and this extension promotes itself as a very useful tool. The developers of this plug-in claim that Hao123Tab sort-outs the most relevant websites as per the keyword you have typed-in. They say that this extension will improve your browsing experience by providing you the easy access to most of the popular and trending websites.

After getting installed on your computer, this program will change default search settings to Hao123.com and add some links on the toolbar and home page. It made all the changes in your browser by stating that all the changes are useful. But the fact is beyond this claim. This program ends up with a lot of interfering adware and pop-ups displaying on your computer screen. Hao123Tab is the source of browser redirect and excessive advertisements.

It may issue multiple contextual ads in various formats like pop-up ads, banners, redirects, in-line, or full-page endorsements. This plug-in brings the potential threat to the security of your computer. In fact, it has been found that the authors of this malware are exploiting this plug-in to distribute adware and malware. So if you have this infection, but not receiving the irritating outcomes, lucky you are. Please don’t click on the links delivered by Hao123Tab extension and just make a rush to remove it.

It can be a bit complicated task to remove malicious program like Hao123Tab without the help of a proper tool that have an efficient integrated scanner. Registry entries, files, and plug-ins are the parts of this program which can’t be detected during a normal scan function. So it may not be possible to remove it through ordinary means. If you try to remove it through ordinary means, it will reappear after restarting the PC.


Below on this page a guide is provided for your help to remove Hao123Tab and other malware that comes with it. Use a good malware scanning and removal tool to scan and remove all hidden adware entities dropped on different places of your computer. So please carry out all the steps in same order to remove Hao123Tab:

Automatic Removal Tool

Scan and Delete Adware with defencebyte AntiVirus Pro

  1. Download the tool called defencebyte AntiVirus Pro.
  2. Close all running programs on the computer once the download and installation is complete.
  3. Locate the file and double-click on defencebyteAVPro.exe to start running the tool.
  4. It look out if there is any harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Hao123Tab. You need to delete each detected item.
  5. Once scan is done, the tool may ask you to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.
  6. After reboot, open defencebyte antivirus Pro once more. Click on Uninstall to remove this program from your computer.

How to remove Hao123Tab manually

Virus often infect your computer just by bundling themselves with some freeware and they tend to manage to grant your   permission somehow. They install deceive you and manage to install without letting you know that you have launched them. So if you have this infection on your computer, completely remove Hao123Tab from your workstation. In most of the cases, you just need to remove Hao123Tab from the Control Panel and set the browser’s settings to default.

Steps to Uninstall Hao123Tab from Control Panel

  • Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7
  1. Click Start button then Control Panel, and double-click on the option Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click the Hao123Tab in the currently installed programs box and then click Change or Change/Remove.
  3. To make the changes that you want, follow the instructions that appear on the screen.




  • Instruction for Windows 8
  1. Drag the cursor or tap the upper-right corner of the screen, and move the mouse pointer down, and click or tap on Search.
  2. Type the Control panel in the search box and press enter.
  3. Under View by: Choose Large Icons, and then click on the options Programs and features.
  4. Click the program then click Uninstall.
  5. Then follow the onscreen instructions.





  • Instruction for Windows 10
  1. Type ‘Control Panel’ on the field Search Windows.
  2. Click on the option Uninstall a program.
  3. Select Hao123Tab program and press Uninstall.





Steps to remove Hao123Tab from the browser

Note: If you use antimalware scanner, all these steps will be carried out automatically.

  • Instruction for Google Chrome
  1. Launch Chrome browser, then click Menu (Customize and Control Google Chrome).
  2. Choose the option More tools > Extensions then left-click on Extensions.
  3. On the Hao123Tab, click to “Remove from Chrome”.
  4. Now a notice to remove the extension will show, click to Remove.





Instruction for Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Then open Menu.
  3. Select option click Add-ons.
  4. Then choose Extensions.
  5. On the Hao123Tab, click on the option Remove.




Instruction for Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Now choose the option Manage add-ons.
  4. Select Hao123Tab and click on the option Disable.




Instruction for Safari

  1. Open your Safari browser.
  2. Click Menu (Display a menu of General Safari Settings).
  3. Select the option Reset Safari from the options.
  4. Then press Reset



Steps to delete elements that may stay after Hao123Tab deletion

  1. Follow the steps to remove files and folders that stayed after Hao123Tab:
  • In the search box, type Hao123Tab.
  • Scroll down to the entire list of the list of search results. Click Computer under Search again in.
  • Then wait for the search results.
  • Delete all the found items related to malware.
  1. Delete registry keys
  • Click on the Start button
  • Type Regedit.exe in the search field and press Enter
  • Press Ctrl+F and type ‘Hao123Tab’
  • Click on the option ‘Find Next’
  • Delete the found entries.

Instruction for Mac OS

  1. Click on the option Applications in the Finder sidebar.
  2. Drag the software program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
  3. Select Finder > Empty Trash

How to prevent your computer from being infected?

Only removing the infection is not enough to protect your PC from the access of the various infections available to the computer users. So to protect your computer, you just need to do one more thing. A fine antivirus program can be surprisingly helpful in giving the protection and as per my opinion defencebyte AntiVirus Pro is a best option for you.

Below some points are given which may be helpful to know that if there a harmful program even if it is hidden behind a trustworthy application. Often scammers use tricky ways to install their software. They target free programs, coupon codes, deals on a particular purchase, from automatic driver updates, social media tools, etc. It’s user’s responsibility to be cautious about what they are accessing and downloading. You need to avoid such tools and also infected web-pages.

Usually hacker and hacking tools work, so you need to make sure that your anti-virus application remain active all the time. Never turn-off you’re your AV application even if any other app request you to do so. It’s the fake pop-up or illicit tool which can do any kind of harm to your data and computer.

If your system is infected, you may experience some quirky things on your computer:

  • The presence of malicious programs will make certain changed in a search engine, browser’s homepage or settings without notifying you.
  • You PC will become slow.
  • Get problem in accessing the sites you regularly visit or that link redirect you on any other site.
  • Sudden shutdown and restart of the computer or critical errors reflected by reliable tools and software. Sometimes these problems may attribute to big issues or the hardware fault.

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