Monsear(.)xyz is the domain and the search engine of Start4u, which is a browser hijacker program. A couple of ways exist for the unwanted program to spread, but bundled software is the most common one. If you have it on your PC, you will notice changes in browser settings, like the homepage, search engine, and new tab. In some cases, redirects and ads might display while browsing. To remove the browser hijacker with its files, you should read the article carefully.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The browsers on your computer get their settings changed. Settings such as the homepage, search engine and new tab can be modified.|
|Symptoms||A browser add-on or an extension can be installed on your browsers. The hijacker can redirect you and get information about your searches. You could see third party content or advertisements when browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Start4u.|
Start4u – How Does It Spread?
Start4u can be spread by using a few ways. The most general one is with the help third-party installation setups. Bundle packages and setups for free programs could get the hijacker onto your computer system. Freeware installers have additional contents chosen for installation, by default. The unwanted app can enter your PC and tamper with settings before you even notice. To prevent such programs from installing, you should search for a Custom or an Advanced settings menu, from where to deselect components.
Another way the Start4u hijacker can spread is via advertisements, be it pop-ups or banners. Suspicious websites with redirects can also distribute the hijacker. Websites like that might be affiliates of Start4u. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Start4u – More About It
Monsear(.)xyz is the main web address and the search engine for the browser hijacker called Start4u.
In the above picture you see the Start4u hijacker which consists of just one page. Nevertheless, this page replaces your default search engine, your new tab, and homepage. The page is plain and has a single picture background and a search bar. Nothing else is on the page – no buttons, no text, no links, but from time to time you might see advertisements.
If programs tied to this hijacker are found on your computer, then you will start to see various modifications in your browser applications. Some sidebar or a toolbar could be added as an additional tool in your browsers.
Other applications could be installed on your computer machine, aiding the hijacker program. Extensions redirect you or show you advertisements and thus you can land on various sites. The sites might be partners or affiliates of Start4u.
In the picture shown above, you can see an example of the search results page of Start4u. You can view that it is actually a Google Custom search page.
Start4u and the Monsear(.)xyz web address probably collect data from you as they could be used as filters for each search query you try to make. This search engine may send all collected information to a server, where it may be stored. The data about any browsing habits you have, and personal or technical information, may be gathered. Be very careful about what you search on that page.
Remove Start4u Efficiently from Your PC
To remove Start4u manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Start4u from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Start4u from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Start4u from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Start4u from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Start4u from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Start4u from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Start4u from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Start4u from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Start4u
Step 2: Uninstall Start4u 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 Start4u 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 Start4u there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Start4u from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Start4u 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 Start4u 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Start4u 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 Start4u 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 Start4u 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 Start4u 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 Start4u will be removed.
Eliminate Start4u 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.