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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The home and new tab pages of your browser will be changed and you can see sponsored content in search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets its custom browser homepage, new tab and search engine. It also secretly sets a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Sear4m(.)xyz|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Sear4m(.)xyz.|
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:
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.
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.