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I've installed an application that hijacked Chrome's start up page.

I've tried this procedure, then I tried a Windows registry search. I can't get rid of of it.

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Thanks for the revisions Diogo! –  villares Dec 21 '12 at 11:59
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I found that the hao123 URL was added as a parameter on the shortcut that launches the browser.

If you have the same problem, right-click the browser shortcut, choose Proprieties, on the shortcut tab look at the end of the target/destination field contents.

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Well you got it now don't forget to mark it solve, IIRC now you can do that after 72 hrs. :) –  avirk Dec 21 '12 at 12:46
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Try AdwCleaner (I havent used it for Hao123 though)

AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer. By using AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.

Download & Instructions:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

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I deleted the shortcut from the desktop and copied it from the windows button again.

After trying all possible configurations this is what fixed it for me.

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