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Remove Sear4m(.)xyz Browser Hijacker

Sear4m(.)xyz is the main webpage of a new browser hijacker. The hijacker attaches to your browser and modifies the search engine, new tab and homepage, and sets a browser extension. To remove it, you should carefully read till the end of this article. Ads and sponsored content can appear in your search results.

NameSear4m(.)xyz
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe home and new tab pages of your browser will be changed and you can see sponsored content in search results.
SymptomsSets its custom browser homepage, new tab and search engine. It also secretly sets a browser extension.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundled Packages
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Sear4m(.)xyz
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Sear4m(.)xyz.

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Sear4m(.)xyz – Spread

Sear4m(.)xyz is mainly spread via third-party installers. You could get the hijacker on your computer, without knowing, because it can hide inside freeware installations and bundled packages. In the packages, additional components for installation are not disclosed in a proper way, and you can install Sear4m(.)xyz. You can avoid that, if you see Custom or Advanced settings in the install setup.

The hijacker is also spread via ads, pop-ups, banners or by visiting suspicious sites. Affiliates and partners of the hijacker might also get you an installation setup with the unwanted program inside. It is known for Sear4m(.)xyz to install a browser extension. All browsers can be affected, and more particularly Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Sear4m(.)xyz – Detailed Information

Sear4m(.)xyz is a browser hijacker. When it gets inside your computer, you will see specific changes to your browsers. Sometimes the browser extension that the hijacker adds is hidden and different from a browser add-on. The Sear4m(.)xyz hijacker also has the name uStart. It will modify the homepage, new tab, and search engine of all affected browsers. The main site to which you can be redirected to is Sear4m(.)xyz/search/and your search queries will be filtered through it.

Whatever you type in the search results there will always be sponsored content with link redirects to partners and affiliates of the Sear4m(.)xyz search engine:

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You might see various types of advertisements – pop-unders, pop-ups, banners, etc. from search results and webpages. All sites, to which you are redirected to, are possible affiliates of the hijacker and may make money from every URL click.

There is no Privacy Policy of Sear4m(.)xyz or mention of such. That can mean that both personally and non-personally-identifiable information may be gathered.

Usually, such information includes:

  • Search queries
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • Browser (version and type)
  • URLs and clicks
  • IP address
  • Operating System (and other related data)

All that data, which may be easily collected by Sear4m(.)xyz can be just as easily shared with their partners and affiliates. Not to mention that it may be used to track you and your internet activity. That can happen with the help of browser cookies.

Remove Sear4m(.)xyz Completely

To remove Sear4m(.)xyz and all of its content manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and its modifications in full, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware application. Such software will also keep your computer secure from future threats.

Delete Sear4m(.)xyz from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz in Windows
2.Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Your Browser

Remove Sear4m(.)xyz automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

1. Remove Sear4m(.)xyz with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Sear4m(.)xyz in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools
NOTE! Substantial notification about the Sear4m(.)xyz threat: Manual removal of Sear4m(.)xyz requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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