This page aims to help you remove the TotalRecipeSearch Malware. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
An application called TotalRecipeSearch has recently been disturbing web users with large quantities of online advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners and page redirect prompts. We have already been receiving queries on that matter, and this is why our “How to remove” team has come up with this article and the removal guide that follows. Before you scroll down to the instructions, however, we’d like to bring some clarity regarding TotalRecipeSearch. In case you are wondering why your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera or another browser of yours has now become flooded with online ads, and its homepage and/or search engine has been modified without your approval, then you should know that you might be dealing with a browser hijacker. This is a type of software which is basically created to bring in all these changes to control your browsing experience in the name of profit. We will elaborate on that in a while. However, for now, let’s just say that programs of this type are a little difficult to deal with, especially when it comes to uninstalling them. That’s why our removal guide below will help you to successfully uninstall TotalRecipeSearch and remove all its traces from your machine.
The TotalRecipeSearch Extension
TotalRecipeSearch is an extension currently offered on the Google store for free. The TotalRecipeSearch extension displays questionable promotional tactics like bundling with unconnected software and purposely making its removal almost impossible.
Browser Hijackers, in general, are promotion tools. They serve the needs of the online marketing industry by promoting different products, services, and products on the users’ screen during their web browsing sessions. All those popups, ads, box messages, and hyperlinks that are constantly thrown at you from every single corner of your monitor are actually sponsored ads. The developers, associated with browser hijackers like TotalRecipeSearch and similar software, get payments every time you see or interact with the said ads. This can be as part of Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View strategies, which are usually extremely popular remuneration models.
This last question is bothering a lot of web users who struggle to remove the annoying ads and to effectively uninstall the browser homepage or search engine changes. In their frustration, some people even mistake such programs for viruses and seek virus removal specialists which usually remove threats like Trojans or Ransomware to help them deal with the Hijacker. In reality, however, the Browser Hijackers are not identical to computer threats. Yet, their aggressive advertising approach is one of the reasons why numerous security researchers classify Browser Hijackers as potentially unnecessary applications.
How dangerous is the TotalRecipeSearch Malware?
Besides, all of the advertisements and adjustments that such advertising tools may introduce to your computer, may greatly disturb your web browsing experience. You may, for instance, get accidentally exposed to real Ransomware viruses, Trojans, etc., which can be hidden inside legitimate-looking ads, pop-ups, and on-screen messages. It is important to mention that programs like TotalRecipeSearch don’t do that deliberately. It’s just that, if such software spams your screen with random ads, you could come across an insecure web location, or get redirected to some compromised website. In addition, you will find a lot of other undesired negative effects like system unresponsiveness, sluggishness, crashes, etc. Therefore, overall, there’s really no benefit in keeping a Browser Hijacker like this one on your computer and we suggest you use the instructions in the Removal Guide below to remove it.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Sponsored ads, banners, pop-ups and automatic page-redirects may constantly interrupt your web browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, free downloads, automatic installers, freeware sites, shareware platforms, torrents, ads.|
TotalRecipeSearch Malware removal
- Click Start and choose Control Panel.
- Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.
- In the list of installed programs find entries related to TotalRecipeSearch Toolbar.
- Click Uninstall button.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove TotalRecipeSearch from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!