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Danger level 6
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Shows commercial adverts


If you ever come across a program entitled UPortal, make sure to stay away from it at all times as it holds no beneficial features whatsoever. In fact, malware researchers at our internal labs have classified this application as yet another browser hijacker mostly due to its intrusive functionality. The invasive program in question is known to cause major disruptions to your daily online activities by making a few important changes to major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. It also has to be noted that this hijacker is mostly active within the South American region; thus, users located in this area should be extra aware of it. While the intrusive changes are the most prominent features of this browser hijacker, you must also be notified about potential dangers regarding it. By allowing this hijacker to run on your operating system, you risk getting your PC infected with some other questionable program without even realizing that. Make sure to remove UPortal if it is ever found on your PC without any hesitation.

UPortal is capable of causing major disruptions while you are surfing the web in numerous ways. After it gains full access to your personal computer, it will change your default homepage and search engine without any notification, which is annoying and frustrating, to say the least. These changes might seem quite irrelevant at first, but in reality, they will alter the way you experience the web entirely and this alteration will be a negative one. It is so because for as long as it is fully active on your PC, you will have virtually no choice but to start every single web browsing session on a newly appointed third-party website whether you like it or not. Virtually the same thing happens in regards to your search engine as you will be forced to search the web using a new, questionable engine. If these changes were not enough, you must also know that in some cases the hijacker in question might be able to fill your web browser with unwanted third-party web content. Usually, content presented by it manifests itself as various third-party ads, pop-ups, and coupons. In some cases, you might be presented with so much of such intrusive content that surfing the web might become a virtually impossible task. To revert all the changes and to surf the web the way you are used to, you need to conduct a complete removal of UPortal at the very same time that it is discovered up and running on your personal computer.

On top of all this invasive functionality, UPortal is also known to exhibit potentially malicious features. Upon further investigation, it has been found out that by simply using the newly appointed third-party search engine you might end up exposing your PC to suspicious and potentially malicious web content. This is so because in some cases the search provider in question could present you with results that might prove to be hosting redirect links; thus, by clicking on them, you could end up on devious third-party sites. The same thing could happen if you chose to click on any of the ads, pop-ups, or coupons presented by this hijacker since they too could be implemented with such redirect links. Even though such results and ads are not an often occurrence, it remains a risk that you should not take as you could end up on websites hosting malicious software and at times just entering them could be more than enough to get your personal computer infected with some unknown malware. To avoid such instance and to maintain a fully secure system at all times make sure to delete UPortal by following the instructions that we present below.

It should be more than obvious that the complete removal of UPortal is a must. We highly advise you to conduct an extensive analysis of your operating system for potential leftovers linked to this browser hijacker once you are done with the manual removal. Such analysis is critical since just a few leftover files or registry entries of UPortal could be used in devious ways. For example, traces of this hijacker could trigger a silent restoration procedure; in other cases, a few files might be more than enough for UPortal to continue its intrusive functionality. If you find manual analysis too complicated, make sure to scan your PC with a professional antimalware tool instead.

How to remove UPortal from your personal computer

Google Chrome

  1. Start your web browser.
  2. Click the Chrome Menu button.
  3. Select Settings and click Show advanced settings.
  4. Click Reset settings.
  5. Select the Reset option to confirm your choice.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch your web browser.
  2. Select the Menu button.
  3. Click the question mark icon at the bottom.
  4. Select Troubleshooting Information and click Refresh Firefox.
  5. Click Refresh Firefox to confirm your choice.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Click the Menu button.
  3. Click Internet Options and select the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Check Delete personal settings.
  6. Select Reset button and click Close.
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