UPortal is an application that could show you irritating third-party advertisements. The worst part is that the ads could link you to web pages that might distribute questionable or even malicious software. Some of the sites might try to gather your personal or sensitive data too. What’s more, it was noticed that UPortal could hijack user’s homepage or search engine. Because of such behavior, it fell under the category of browser hijackers. Given possible risks, our researchers advise you to get rid of the application. We also prepared deletion instructions based on our findings that should help you eliminate the threat at once. Thus, keep reading the article if you wish to learn more about such programs or slide below to see the instructions for manual removal.
The browser hijacker might have entered the system while you were installing other software. It is most likely that this happened when you launched a bundled setup file, and UPortal appeared among additional suggestions. Some users do not notice such suggestions because they do not choose custom installation settings or install the software without reading any terms on the setup wizard. As you realize, the only way to avoid unnecessary or potentially harmful applications is to pay more attention to the installation process. It is also advisable to secure the system by installing a trustworthy security tool.
UPortal could hijack such browsers as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Users realize that something has changed after they launch their default browser and instead of usual homepage or search engine, it loads greenet.xyz. The website is a search engine called UPortal. Our researchers learned that when you enter a query, it is redirected through search.esoffers.com, dataking.me, trovi.com, and lastly bing.com. Even though it might look like the results are brought to you by Bing, it is important to mention that the application only uses bing.com to gather results and both of the search engines are unrelated.
Provided that the hijacker could show you potentially harmful content, it is better to delete UPortal. Otherwise, you may expose the system to threats while interacting with suspicious third-party ads. Our specialists confirmed that it should be enough to reset the affected browser, and the hijacker should be gone. If you are not sure how to complete this task, you can take a look at the instructions below this text. Additionally, we would like to suggest users to scan the system with a reliable antimalware tool. Especially, if they cannot get rid of the application manually or in case there are or could be other threats on the system.