What is TotalRecipeSearch? How to remove Total Recipe Search Toolbar?
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in December 2015. But we gave it an update in August 2019.
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. TotalRecipeSearch also seems to have resurfaced by using different Web domains to spread itself.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Hoax Sarch Engine|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser may be changed and you can be redirected to sponsored sites from search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom homepage, search engine, new tab page and adds a toolbar and a browser extension.|
Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling, Official Site|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss TotalRecipeSearch.|
How to Remove Total Recipe Search Toolbar – Update August 2019
How to remove Total Recipe Search Toolbar? If you are asking yourself this question and found this article as a result, here is what you should do. Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page and get informed about how this got on your computer, what it can do and how to remove totalrecipesearch. If you do not like malicious programs and extensions taking over your browsers, PC and search results, then you should educate yourself on how they spread and how you can prevent such installations and extractions from happening.
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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.
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):
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.
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.
How to Remove Total Recipe Search Toolbar
How to remove Total Recipe Search Toolbar – that is what a lot of people are asking since the hijacker has got new campaigns and its spreading massively via browser add-ons, Web domains and redirection pages. Advertisements strategically placed on websites also aid in the distribution. So, how to remove Total Recipe Search Toolbar? Just follow the instructions below to get rid of this persistent search engine toolbar.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TotalRecipeSearch from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TotalRecipeSearch from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TotalRecipeSearch from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TotalRecipeSearch from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TotalRecipeSearch
Step 2: Uninstall TotalRecipeSearch and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by TotalRecipeSearch 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 TotalRecipeSearch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TotalRecipeSearch from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TotalRecipeSearch 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.
- 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 TotalRecipeSearch via Step 1 above:
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
Remove TotalRecipeSearch 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"
Erase TotalRecipeSearch 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"
Uninstall TotalRecipeSearch 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 TotalRecipeSearch from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
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 TotalRecipeSearch will be removed.
Eliminate TotalRecipeSearch 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.