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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

Remove or Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz.

    2.Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Your Browser

    Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Sear4m(.)xyz and click “Remove

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    After Sear4m(.)xyz is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Sear4m(.)xyz and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Sear4m(.)xyz is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Sear4m(.)xyz to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Sear4m(.)xyz has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Sear4m(.)xyz
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Sear4m(.)xyz will be removed.

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

    1. Remove Sear4m(.)xyz with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Sear4m(.)xyz with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Sear4m(.)xyz.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Sear4m(.)xyz.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Sear4m(.)xyz files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Sear4m(.)xyz in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Sear4m(.)xyz (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Sear4m(.)xyz.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Sear4m(.)xyz.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Sear4m(.)xyz is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Sear4m(.)xyz should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Sear4m(.)xyz Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Sear4m(.)xyz.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Sear4m(.)xyz associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Sear4m(.)xyz.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Sear4m(.)xyz associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    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.
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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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