What is is a browser hijacker of a Russian origin, judging from the domain it is hosted on. Since it does not have an official website where users could download it from, and there are no users who have willingly set this URL on their browsers, it is clear that this browser hijacker enters computers and changes browsers’ settings without permission. It makes modifications on the computer so that it would always be loaded when a user opens a web browser, meaning that the homepage set by a user will no longer be visible. On top of that, the browser hijacker hijacks the shortcuts of all browsers too, meaning that it will revive and continue showing up for users unless these browsers’ shortcuts are fixed. As can be seen, even though browser hijackers are usually not considered to be extremely dangerous malicious software, they might still work in an aggressive manner. In the case of, it enters computers and makes all those modifications on them so that it could present users with the commercial content. Most probably, the developer of gets money for clicks on ads and computer users’ visits to third-party websites.test

What does do?

There are two symptoms proving the successful entrance of the browser hijacker. First, all kinds of advertisements are displayed the second a web browser is opened. Second, a folder called Browsers containing browser hijacker's files can be located in %APPDATA%. Users who get infected with the browser hijacker only see the URL for a second because a redirection to and then straight to a commercial advertisement (e.g. or happens. In other words, the majority of users notice only the final product, i.e. irritating advertisements. According to security specialists, some of these advertisements automatically opened for users might even be dangerous. For example, undesirable software might be downloaded and installed on the computer after clicking on a malicious advertisement. They might also redirect users to pages which seek to steal and then sell personal details about people. Since the commercial content is opened for users automatically, there is a huge possibility to click on ads accidentally and cause harm to the computer, not to mention that the presence of these ads might not allow users to surf the web freely and perform daily activities.

Where does come from?

Without doubt, is a browser hijacker, so it did not take long for researchers working at to get more information about the distribution of this computer infection. Research has revealed that bundling is the main method used to spread this threat. More specifically, it comes bundled in malicious installers. Most probably, it is only one of several applications that travel in this bundle. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that these other programs spread together with it are harmless. After the successful infiltration, it creates its own folder on the computer and shortcuts opening It might even hide some files, most probably, those having .bat extensions, e.g. exe.xoferif.bat, so that it would not be easy for users to remove it and stop its activities. Sadly, this hijacker is not the only one that acts like this. Another similar threat is spread online too these days. Do not let it enter your computer. It is a huge job to protect the computer from malicious software, but we believe you could do that by staying away from suspicious software available for download on dubious websites. It would be useful to have an automatic antimalware tool installed on the computer too.

How do I delete

We cannot promise that it will be easy to delete the browser hijacker from the computer because it definitely cannot be removed through Control Panel. In addition, as you already know after reading this article, it puts a folder with its files on the computer and hijacks all browsers’ shortcuts. All the changes applied have to be undone by a user manually to delete a browser hijacker. Specialists at understand that users might find this job extremely challenging, so they have prepared the step-by-step instructions. In case you are not an advanced user, you should employ an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter, to get rid of this computer infection. It will be easier for you to get it deleted automatically rather than go to erase it yourself manually.

Remove in a manual way

Fix all browsers’ shortcuts

  1. Find all shortcuts affected by the browser hijacker and go to fix them:
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  1. Right-click on the shortcut of a browser.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click on the Shortcut tab to open it.
  4. Delete the data (e.g. %Homedrive%:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Browsers\exe.xoferif.bat) from the Target line.
  5. Enter one of these lines, depending on the type of browser you are fixing (keep in mind that you can enter these lines only if your browser’s main location is %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%):
  • "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox32\firefox.exe" (for Mozilla Firefox)
  • "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" (for Google Chrome)
  • "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" (for Internet Explorer)
  1. Click OK after pasting the line in the Target field.

Delete a folder with files

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Enter %APPDATA% in the URL bar at the top. Press Enter.
  3. Locate the Browsers folder, right-click on it, and select Delete.
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