Removal of a Maliciously-set Chrome Homepage www.hao123.com

Isn’t disgraceful that a web site tyrannically changes a user’s browser homepage without the user’s consent? That is exactly what hao123.com did to my Google Chrome. What were they thinking?

Anyway, it is really hard to change the homepage back to what a user really wants, even taking some further risk to use unauthenticated “malware removers” from the Internet. I spent hours without any luck!

Then an article published on a Chinese web site inspired me to come up with a simple, safe and trustworthy method to get rid of hao123.com.

1. Drop the Chrome shortcut on the desktop (unpin it first if it is pined to the task bar).
2. Delete “chrome_old.exe” from C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application. Seemingly hao123.com purposefully creates a new and infected  file “chrome_old.exe”, based on the original command file chrome.exe  and then redirects the short cut on the desktop to this infected file.
3. Create a new shortcut of Chrome on the desktop using the original “chrome.exe” from the above-mentioned path.

Here you go!

hao123.com is now in my boycott list of web-sites, by the way! 🙂

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