According to security researchers, SearchWebPortal is an adware program. Adware may cause issues for your MAC. Adware software can display unwanted ads on your web-browser so that your cannot block them, reroute your web-browser to misleading web-sites, and it can cause undesired webpages to pop up on your web-browser. Adware might end up on your Apple Mac after you download and install free programs from a dubious web-site.
Does adware steal your privacy data? Adware software is able to gather marketing-type data about you to get profit. Adware can analyze your surfing, and gain access to your confidential info and, subsequently, can use it for marketing purposes. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to remove adware from your Apple Mac.
How does SearchWebPortal get on your Apple Mac
|Name||SearchWebPortal, Search Web Portal 1.0 app|
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop up virus, pop up ads, popups|
|Removal||SearchWebPortal removal guide|
How to Remove SearchWebPortal adware
The answer is right here on this web-page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will help you easily to free your computer of SearchWebPortal adware. Moreover, you can select manual or automatic removal solution. If you are familiar with the computer then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti malware utility designed specifically to remove adware. Of course, you can combine both methods. Read it once, after doing so, please bookmark this page (or open it on your smartphone) as you may need to close your browser or restart your computer.
To remove SearchWebPortal, execute the steps below:
- How to remove SearchWebPortal adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of SearchWebPortal
- How to stay safe online
- To sum up
How to remove SearchWebPortal adware without any software
The most common adware can be uninstalled manually, without the use of antivirus or other removal tools. The manual steps below will guide you through how to get rid of the SearchWebPortal adware step by step. Although each of the steps is very simple and does not require special knowledge, but you doubt that you can finish them, then use the free tools, a list of which is given below.
Remove SearchWebPortal associated software by using the Finder
Some potentially unwanted applications, browser hijacking software and adware can be removed by uninstalling the free applications they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed applications in Finder. Use the “Move to Trash” command in order to remove them.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other software. Next, remove any undesired and suspicious apps from MAC using the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
Look around the entire list of apps installed on your MAC system. Most likely, one of them is the SearchWebPortal adware. Select the dubious program or the application that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Drag the dubious application from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove SearchWebPortal adware from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings can allow you solve some problems caused by adware and delete SearchWebPortal ads from internet browser. This will also disable harmful extensions as well as clear cookies and site data. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Google Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove SearchWebPortal adware from Safari
The Safari reset is great if your browser is hijacked by SearchWebPortal or you have unwanted extensions or toolbars on your web browser, that installed by an malware.
Run Safari web browser. Next, select Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” tab. Here, select “Block pop-up windows”. It will stop some types of popups.
Now, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for questionable plugins on left panel, choose it, then click the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all dubious add-ons from Safari.
Once complete, check your startpage and search provider settings. Click “General” tab. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search engine. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Delete SearchWebPortal from Mozilla Firefox
The Firefox reset will remove the SearchWebPortal ads, modified preferences, extensions and security settings. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
Start the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the SearchWebPortal adware. After, it is complete, press the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of SearchWebPortal
Using a malicious software removal utility to detect and remove adware software hiding on your MAC OS is probably the easiest solution to remove the SearchWebPortal adware. We recommends the MalwareBytes Free tool for Mac MAC systems. It is the anti-malware program for Mac that offers a free malware removal.
How to get rid of SearchWebPortal with MalwareBytes AntiMalware
Manual SearchWebPortal removal requires some computer skills. Some files that created by the adware may be not completely removed. We advise that run the MalwareBytes AntiMalware that are completely clean your computer of adware. Moreover, this free utility will help you to get rid of hijacker infection, malicious software, potentially unwanted apps and toolbars that your Apple Mac may be infected too.
Installing the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
Once the download is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Press the “Scan” button for scanning your Apple Mac for the SearchWebPortal adware. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your Apple Mac. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete. When you are ready, click “Remove Selected Items” button.
The MalwareBytes is a free application that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, malicious services and so on.
How to stay safe online
By installing an ad blocker application such as AdGuard, you are able to block malicious websites, stop autoplaying video ads and remove a large amount of distracting and intrusive ads on websites.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link.
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Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
Once downloading is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen. Follow the prompts.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block harmful and misleading web-sites.
To sum up
Now your Apple Mac should be clean of the SearchWebPortal adware. We suggest that you keep MalwareBytes Free (to periodically scan your Apple Mac for new adware softwares and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you stop intrusive pop-up advertisements and malicious web-sites). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs.
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