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 malware|
|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.
Delete Sear4m(.)xyz from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Sear4m(.)xyz automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Sear4m(.)xyz from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Sear4m(.)xyz from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Sear4m(.)xyz from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Sear4m(.)xyz
Step 2: Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Sear4m(.)xyz on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Sear4m(.)xyz there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Sear4m(.)xyz from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Sear4m(.)xyz via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Sear4m(.)xyz files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Sear4m(.)xyz, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Sear4m(.)xyz from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Sear4m(.)xyz from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Sear4m(.)xyz from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Sear4m(.)xyz will be removed.
Eliminate Sear4m(.)xyz from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.