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Remove TotalRecipeSearch Totally from Your PC

“TotalRecipeSearch” is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), more specifically classified as a browser hijacker. When installed, it will attach itself to your browser, change its homepage, the new tab page, the search engine and add a toolbar and browser extension. You can also be redirected to websites with potentially malicious content and sponsored search results.

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NameTotalRecipeSearch
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe homepage of your browser may be changed and you can be redirected to sponsored sites from search results.
SymptomsSets a custom homepage, search engine, new tab page and adds a toolbar and a browser extension.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling, Official Site
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TotalRecipeSearch
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss TotalRecipeSearch.

TotalRecipeSearch – Distribution

The “TotalRecipeSearch” PUP is normally distributed via third-party installers. It can infect your PC without your knowledge, by hiding itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In such packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and you can get tricked into installing PUPs like “TotalRecipeSearch”. In some cases, that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” setting in an installation setup to see what you are installing.

Another distribution method of “TotalRecipeSearch” is by clicking on different advertisement pop-ups and banners. They might have malicious content that can install a toolbar and a browser extension, which supports it.

TotalRecipeSearch – Description

TotalRecipeSearch” is a browser hijacker. It is developed by MindSpark Interactive Network Inc. as many other similar malicious applications, like GetFormsOnline(.)com. When installed on your computer, this hijacker changes the browser homepage, new tab and search engine, and may also install a browser extension and a toolbar. Its domain name bears the same name: “TotalRecipeSearch(.)com”.

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Once your browsers are hijacked, whenever you make a search, the results will use the “TotalRecipeSearch”search engine. All browsers can be affected, especially the most popular ones, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. You can also install a related browser extension manually from the official domain of “TotalRecipeSearch(.)com”, by agreeing to terms (shown in the picture):

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If you try using the “TotalRecipeSearch” search or its new tab page or toolbar, they will display sponsored and falsified results. You may also be shown advertisements like pop-ups and banners. The sites, to which you may be redirected, can generate profit on a pay-per-click basis. They also might contain malware.

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The Privacy Policy (EULA) of the “TotalRecipeSearch” is the one of Mindspark, stating that various information about you may be collected:

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All the collected information may be shared to third parties, meaning that you automatically accept the Privacy Policy of any third-party affiliate sites of “TotalRecipeSearch”.

TotalRecipeSearch Removal

To remove “TotalRecipeSearch” manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. AV software will also check if your system is safe in the future.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall TotalRecipeSearch in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall TotalRecipeSearch.

    Step 2: Remove TotalRecipeSearch from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select TotalRecipeSearch and click “Remove

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    After TotalRecipeSearch is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate TotalRecipeSearch and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After TotalRecipeSearch is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select TotalRecipeSearch to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After TotalRecipeSearch has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on TotalRecipeSearch
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall TotalRecipeSearch. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the TotalRecipeSearch will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove TotalRecipeSearch automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove TotalRecipeSearch with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
    2. Remove TotalRecipeSearch with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    3. Remove TotalRecipeSearch with STOPZilla AntiMalware
    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to TotalRecipeSearch in the future
    NOTE! Substantial notification about the TotalRecipeSearch threat: Manual removal of TotalRecipeSearch requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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