Deceiving domain - portal.search-zone.com

Type: Browser Hijackers

Portal.search-zone.com is a third-party search engine that is classified as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted application (PUA). The classification is based on several factors: 

  • the search site is being promoted via freeware bundles;
  • it may settle down on web browsers without explicitly notifying the user;
  • it may set itself as a start page, replace search provider, and new tab window without authorization;
  • it may display altered search results;
  • it may inject ads into search results and display sponsored content;
  • users may have problems with the removal.

Although the portal.search-zone.com is not a dangerous search site, it's developers rely on deceptive strategies to make people use it unintentionally. It is often distributed as a preselected optional component of free applications. Consequently, if the user fails to select it, the search injects itself in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or another web browser as an extension and default start page. 

The aim of this search -  to increase traffic to the websites of the affiliated domains, as well as display pay-per-click ads among search results to increase advertising revenue. 

Name Portal.search-zone.com
Classification Browser hijacker, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Distribution Freeware bundling
Compatibility It can affect Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and other web browsers
Symptoms This search site is browser-based, i.e. it settles down on web browsers, replaces start page, search engine, new tab windows, and other settings
Elimination This search site can be deleted manually or with the help of professional AV tool 

portal.search-zone.com violations

2CR-015: The site replaces a default start page and search engine without asking for permission directly

2CR-004: The search uses misleading strategies to alter default settings of the web browser