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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker which, according to researchers, has been developed to disseminate advertisements only. Specialists working at have such an opinion about it because they have found that all does is go to redirect users to third-party websites where all kinds of commercials are hosted on. This happens automatically when users open any of their browsers (this infection works on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). Irritating redirections to websites with the commercial content will not only allow users to perform daily activities, e.g. surf the web freely, but might also result in a number of different problems, especially those security-related ones. Therefore, the smartest decision a user can make is to delete the browser hijacker fully from the computer. Unfortunately, it will not be so easy to do that because this computer infection modifies the shortcuts of all web browsers upon infiltration. It does that so that it would not disappear if a user resets browsers to their default settings or goes to set a new URL as a start page. Do not worry, we can assure you that you will be told more about the removal of this browser hijacker in the paragraphs that follow. is an extremely intrusive and bothering threat. Unlike other browser hijackers, it does not pretend to be a genuine search provider. Instead, redirects straight to third-party websites with advertisements when a web browser is opened. Research has shown that users are first taken to and only then end up on dubious websites serving commercial advertisements, for instance, and The commercial content users are exposed to might be extremely dangerous. According to specialists at, users even risk downloading malicious software after clicking on these ads displayed for them. Most probably, an automatic installation of undesirable software will not happen, but users might end up on websites which promote bad software. Ignoring the commercial content is not a good solution to the problem because one accidental click on ads located on pages redirects to might be disastrous too. Therefore, the sooner you fully delete the browser hijacker from your computer and stop annoying redirections, the better.

Users are sure that the browser hijacker enters computers illegally and then applies changes without their permission. Actually, it is not exactly true. Specialists have found that users contribute to the entrance of this computer infection themselves too. Of course, it does not mean that enters PCs lawfully. As has been found, this threat is usually spread in malicious software installers. In most cases, it is not the only infection in the installer, meaning that several untrustworthy programs could have been installed alongside on your PC if you have already encountered it. After infiltrating the computer successfully, this browser hijacker not only hijacks shortcuts of all browsers by changing their Target lines to %Homedrive%:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Browsers\exe.xoferif.bat, as has already been mentioned in the first paragraph. It also creates a folder Browsers with files in %APPDATA%. Because of these modifications on the infected computer, it becomes quite hard to delete the browser hijacker manually. It will definitely not be easy to remove, which is another browser hijacker sharing similarities with, too, so it is very important that you ensure the maximum protection of the computer in order not to allow it or other dangerous computer infections to enter the system. Users can do that by simply installing an automatic security application on their computers. Our security specialists also suggest being careful with beneficial-looking software promoted on third-party websites because together with it you might install dangerous applications on your computer.

To delete from browsers and never experience redirections to suspicious websites ever again, you need to delete hijacked shortcuts and the folder the browser hijacker has created on the computer. After doing that, you could go to restore your browser’s shortcuts. Our instructions will show to you how to do that, but you will have to do everything yourself. If you find it too hard to erase it manually, an automatic malware remover SpyHunter is ready to help you. It will first provide a list of infections it finds active on the computer and then it will erase them all after you give it permission to do that by clicking on a button.

How to delete in a manual way

  1. Press Win+E to open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Go to %APPDATA% (type this directory in the address bar at the top of the page).
  3. Find the Browsers folder and delete it.
  4. Delete affected shortcuts from the following directories:
  • %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. After getting rid of a browser hijacker, go to restore browsers’ shortcuts: right-click on Desktop, select New, click Shortcut, and let the Wizard guide you.
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