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 TotalRecipeSearch |
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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
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 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.
- 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 TotalRecipeSearch 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 TotalRecipeSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TotalRecipeSearch, 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 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"
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 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"
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 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 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 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.
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.