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Konstantinos Tsoukalas

Konstantinos is the founder and administrator of Since 1995 he works and provides IT support as a computer and network expert to individuals and large companies. He is specialized in solving problems related to Windows or other Microsoft products (Windows Server, Office, Microsoft 365, etc.).


  1. Nada Soliman
    July 23, 2016 @ 2:21 pm



  2. Jeremy
    December 10, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    i tried all the step it doesn't work at all….with my google chrome i try adwcleaner…it doesn't clean all,and also i try to find the extention,i got no extention…how cna i fix this?


    • lakonst
      December 10, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

      @Jeremy: Try to completely remove & re-install Chrome with these instructions


  3. EslamRaafat
    October 19, 2015 @ 12:53 am

    Thank you so much . The Problem i solved


  4. Jack
    September 22, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

    Used Adwcleaner and it got rid of of that pesky hao123. Thank you so much for helping me getting rid of it! :)


  5. Jayms
    September 16, 2015 @ 7:14 pm

    This helped me out a lot. AVG stopped working on my computer when I upgraded to Windows 10 and without it's protection this little sod of a program popped in. I used a number of the methods in this list (not all of them and out of order) and I seem to have got rid of it now.

    Just so people know what I did: First I looked in the programs and features page to find hao123 but it wasn't there and I could see no malicious software. So then I ran MalwareBytes which said it removed a load of stuff but I still have hao123 in my browsers and the shortcut remained on my desktop after restart. I then reset all my browsers to remove hao123 from them (you'll need to fill back in all your passwords and other remembered data if you do this btw) and then ran AdwCleaner. When I restarted the hao123 shortcut was gone and my browsers are all running as normal.

    So thanks. This also works on Windows 10.


  6. Anonymous Man
    July 14, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    Using AwdCleaner and resetting the Chrome browser helped me to remove the hao123 and other malicious search engine. Thanks alot. :) have a like!


  7. Abild
    January 14, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

    I have major problems with my pc after I got hao123, Salus and probably other stuff onto it. (I know I'm an idiot).
    Tried all the steps mentioned above but nothing has worked, except my start page in Chrome, FireFox and IE is not hao123 anymore.
    But, I can no longer access a majority of websites such as Facebook, Google, eBay etc. etc. It's only very few I can and my internet speed has dropped significantly. Only on this one pc.
    And I still get pop ups from various websites.
    I need some crazy good advice here.
    Please help!!
    Thank you


    • lakonst
      January 15, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

      @Abild: 1. Download and save "RogueKiller" utility to your desktop.
      2. Find "RogueKiller" on your desktop and double click to run it. When prescan is completed, press the "Scan" button to perform a full scan.
      3. When full scan is completed, select all items found at "Registry" & "Web Browsers" tabs.
      4. Press the "Delete" button to remove all malicious items.
      5. After that select the 'Hosts' tab and click "Fix Hosts"
      6. Close Rogue Killer & run AdwCleaner again.
      7. Restart your computer.
      8. Perform a full scan with MalwareBytes Antimalware and "Quarantine All" threats found.
      Good luck!


  8. kevin
    December 19, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    Thanks, worked with the first step.


  9. blade
    December 14, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    I have tried all the steps and recommendations mentioned in the article and none of them worked…the hao123 malware is still loads up as the default homepage everytime I start Firefox. What is mentioned here is exactly the same as in all other websites purporting to help removing the said malware. And as I have said, none of them worked. Now if anyone can be so kind as to offer a real solution that actually removes the malware, you have my eternal gratitude.


    • lakonst
      December 15, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

      @blade: Hello, try this: At Firefox's URL address box, type: "about:config” & press Enter. (Click the “I’ll be careful, I promise” button).
      – At the search box type the word “hao” and press Enter.
      – Right-click on every “hao123” value found and choose “Reset”.
      – Restart Firefox.
      Make sure that you have clean your Internet shortcuts from 'hao123'value. > Right-click on Firefox shortcut & choose “Properties”. At “Shortcut” tab look at the “Target” field & delete the “…” argument found at the end of the “Target” command (if exists).


  10. De_arcana
    November 23, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    Used adwcleaner. Problem resolved. No need manual steps.


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