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Portalne.ws is a page that can hijack your browsers and redirect you at the same time. Settings that this hijacker modifies are your browsers’ homepage, search engine, and new tab window. When you make a search query, it will get filtered by the hijacker’s search engine. Any data acquired from your searches will be sent to servers that are connected to this hijacker. To remove the browser hijacker and all its files, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

NamePortalne.ws
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionBrowser applications on your computer can be affected. The hijacker will redirect you.
SymptomsThe homepage, search engine and new tab of all your browsers will be switched. You will be redirected from searches.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Portalne.ws – Ways of Delivery

The Portalne.ws hijacker could use a number of delivery ways. One is through third-party installations of bundled applications and freeware. Such programs are most of the time video converters and media players. Their installation setup could be implemented to set more components than the main one being offered. When you are unaware of that, a setup can install these components without notification on your PC. The hijacker will then change your browser settings. Preventing the installation of unwanted software on your computer can happen if you find Custom or Advanced options to deselect the extra content.

Other ways of delivery might involve some add-on, a plugin or an extension placed inside your browser programs. Banners, pop-unders, pop-ups as well as more advert types hosted on websites might be used like another delivery way. The hijacker can generate redirect links across similar websites. Those websites can be somehow affiliated or partnered up with Portalne.ws. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Portalne.ws – Technical Information

Portalne.ws will hijack your browser applications, but also has the ability to redirect you. Not the typical browser hijacker, as it has advertisements covering every page. The unwanted software changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab window, plus other browser settings.

You can see its home page down here:

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The Portalne.ws web page is comprised of a plain white background, a search bar and a multitude of advertisements, links, and redirects that cover the entire page. Most of the sponsored advertising content remains there even after you do a search. The search results take less space on a page if you compare that to all of the space, which adverts take.

From the below screenshot under this paragraph, you can see an example page with search results of the Portalne.ws website. Although the search bar states that you will use Google Custom Search for your search inquiries most of the advertisements on the page remain there. Usually, other hijackers offer more search results and a design close to that of Google’s, but this site shows a bulk of ads. You could be redirected to unknown sites. As seen in the picture, a lot of sponsored content is shown:

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The hijacker platform will gather information from your searches. Every single search query which you make will be filtered by the Portalne.ws redirect. Also, data about your interactions with the advertisements, links, and other sponsored content will be acquired as well. That information is stored on servers related to the hijacker and might be disclosed or even sold to its third party partners.

Refrain from giving out any information, especially with the searches. Personal details, account credentials as well as banking data can be obtained from you. You can be redirected from the in-text advertisements, pop-ups or normal links pushed throughout the site and when you are browsing the Web, unsuspectingly. Browser cookies, alongside more tracking technologies, are used to collect most, if not all, of the information that this website stores. Read along to see what exactly can the Portalne.ws website gather from you and where that data can get sent.

The Privacy Policy of the Portalne.ws website cannot be found on its main page or any page for that matter. Whenever you end up from its redirects, you won’t see the site’s privacy policy. This is not surprising for an illegitimate browser hijacker filled to the brim with adverts. The policy might be published somewhere, but is definitely hidden from the public. Nevertheless, the website uses cookies to invade your privacy and collect information from you:

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Looking closely in the above screenshot, it is clearly seen that the expiration date of some cookies is set to the year of 2036. That is a period of twenty years from the time of writing of this article. The website gathers information from you with the help of these cookies and might be using more tracking technologies, too. That information will also be sent to a number of other website owners.

Here you can see a list of sites pushing their own cookies via the browser hijacker:

  • Portalne.ws
  • Sadek-music.com
  • In.getclicky.com
  • Adnxs.com
  • 2mdn.com
  • Casalemedia.com
  • Dmtry.com

Most of the gathered data might be technical, although there could be personally identifying information to be acquired, too. That could be details about your current physical location as well as an IP and E-mail addresses. Every single piece of data you voluntarily provide on the Portalne.ws page will be collected. That can include your names, phone number, banking details and other related information. Thus, you should be wary of this website and all others pushing their cookies on it.

Besides browser cookies, more technologies can be used for tracking purposes, such as clear GIFs, pixel tags or Web beacons. Beware search engines which are shady and does not provide you with any insight about how your privacy will be invaded and what data will be obtained from you. Plus, if you are redirected to more sites, know that they are most certainly tracking you, too.

Remove Portalne.ws Fully

To remove Portalne.ws manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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To remove Portalne.ws follow these steps:

1. Uninstall malicious programs from Windows
2. Clean your Browser and Registry from Portalne.ws

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Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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