PortaldoSites.com page often comes out to take over my opened webpages as well as my default homepage. It also pops up many ads box when I’m surfing online, which didn’t happen to me before. My browser is really messed up. I don’t know if the website is safe? Do I really need to get rid of it? How to do it? Read this post to get rid of PortaldoSites.com redirect hijacker.

PortaldoSites.com Redirect Description

PortaldoSites.com can be categorized as a browser redirect virus which has been quite a popular computer problem in these days that annoys PC users. It can be installed in the computer without any permission or even awareness from the user. Usually, this unwanted thing can happen after installing freeware or shareware bundled with third party toolbars. Once it is installed, it makes changes to all of Internet browsers on the infected computer: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Take a look at the screen shot of this PortaldoSites.com redirect as below:
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Although this domain looks like a friendly website, with a customized web search of web, images, videos and news. Don’t be taken in
because it is just a spam engine that does nothing but deliver ads. This website is one of the many possible results of a browser hijacker infection which takes over the infected computer’s web browser and then forces it to visit various malicious websites against the computer user’s will. It is able to compromise your web browser and change your default search engine and homepage. Therefore, considering the security of your computer, don’t hesitate to get rid of PortaldoSites.com hijacker once it is found.

To sum up consequences brought by this browser redirect:
1. At the beginning of the infection, PortaldoSites.com redirect will change several default settings for its own good and replace home pages on browsers making you hard to start online searching from a second site;
2. When you start surfing online, you will be redirected to more fishy sites with constant pop ups;
3. Malware and spyware could be brought in to cause more problems;
4. Your online activities will be recorded and valuable information will be collected out of them to benefit the hackers;
5. Internet connection can be affected because of this redirect virus.

Do not underestimate this PortaldoSites.com redirect. The longer it stays, the more damage it could create. For instance, other browsing applications on the same computer will be hacked as well. And you may be cut off from the internet frequently. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Expert now if you are not able to remove this unwanted PortaldoSite. Manual removal is suggested here as it guarantees a complete removal.

Step-by-step Manual Removal Guide

Step 1. Open Windows Task Manager to end processes related to PortaldoSites.com redirect. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager.
Windows Task Manager

Step 2. Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Folder Options

Step 3.Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.
Run+Registry Editor

Step 4.Delete all these associating files and registry entries in Registry Editor as below:

%AppData%\Protector\””[rnd]
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random}\
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”.e
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\{.exe}

Step 5. Remove unfamiliar extensions/ add-ons and change home page back.
Mozilla Firefox
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homepage-setting-firefox

Internet Explorer
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homepage-setting-ie

Similar video on how to remove browser redirect problem:

Conclusion

Most browser redirect viruses appear as common sites, add-ons or extensions. They look no difference than other sites and tool-bars. That’s why it’s hard for PC users to tell whether their computers are hacked or not. PortaldoSites.com redirect shows up as a regular site with a simple search engine on it. It seems to provide convenience for online searching. But it’s rather dangerous. Malware associated with this hijacker tends to direct its victims to various fake search engines apart from PortaldoSites.com. Typically, this malware will also establish a connection with a remote server, taking over the victim’s web browser completely, forcing all online activity through this untrusted website. The main purpose of the creator may only be to advertise certain websites and to drive more traffic to the same websites. It is really annoying to view these corrupted pages and ads again and again, at the cost of your time. Thus, we kindly suggest users follow the manual guide above to get rid of PortaldoSites redirect as quickly as possible.

Notice: A browser redirect is not like a program which can be uninstalled from Control Panel; it’s not like a Trojan that can be detected by antivirus. Usually, online instability is caused by this kind of virus. Contact YooSecurity Online Expert if you can’t seem to remove this PortaldoSites.com redirect. The sooner the virus is gone, the less damage it can bring on your computer.

Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on April 6, 2013 3:09 am

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