Computer security specialists have confirmed that the Total Recipe Search is a browser hijacker. When downloaded and launched onto a PC system, this hijacker quickly alters the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge web-browser’s settings such as newtab, startpage and search engine by default to its own site without any permission. For this reason, every time you start the affected browser, it being redirected to the Total Recipe Search web page. Even though you have removed its address from your internet browser’s settings, after restart your web browser, the undesired site still appears. Further into this post we will give you more information about this hijacker, but know that the best solution to handle the Total Recipe Search is to fully get rid of it from your PC system.
When your browser is affected by Total Recipe Search hijacker you will be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may show lots of unwanted ads designed to trick you into buying various software or products, provide search results that may redirect your browser to other unwanted web-sites. We advise that you use only the reliable search provider like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Often, the system which has been infected by Total Recipe Search browser hijacker, will be also infected by adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) that shows a lot of various advertisements. It may be pop-ups, text links in the pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the ad-supported software can replace the legitimate ads with malicious ads which will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted programs or visit the various dangerous and misleading web sites.
Thus, it is clear that the presence of hijacker infection on your computer is not desirable, and you need to clean up your personal computer ASAP. Follow the step by step instructions below in order to delete Total Recipe Search from Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Remove Total Recipe Search (removal guide)
In many cases hijackers requires more than a simple uninstall through the use of MS Windows Control panel in order to be fully deleted. For that reason, our team made several removal solutions which we’ve summarized in a detailed instructions. Therefore, if you have the undesired Total Recipe Search hijacker on your computer and are currently trying to have it removed then feel free to follow the step by step guide below in order to resolve your problem. Some of the steps below will require you to exit this web-page. So, please read the tutorial carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Total Recipe Search redirect removal
The useful removal tutorial for the Total Recipe Search homepage. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Total Recipe Search redirect let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
In order to remove PUPs like this hijacker infection, open the MS Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed applications. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are ad-supported software, browser hijacker or potentially unwanted programs. If yes, uninstall them off. Even if they are just a software that you do not use, then removing them off will increase your PC system start up time and speed dramatically.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel as displayed below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Remove Total Recipe Search from Google Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the browser startpage, new tab and default search provider that have been changed by the Total Recipe Search hijacker.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Total Recipe Search startpage from Firefox
If the Firefox settings like newtab, start page and search engine by default have been modified by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, open the FF and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, press the Help button () as displayed on the image below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker that cause a reroute to Total Recipe Search site. Once, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Total Recipe Search from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web browser homepage, new tab page and search engine by default you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of hijacker infection which cause a redirect to Total Recipe Search web site, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as start page, new tab page and search engine by default to default state.
How to automatically remove Total Recipe Search browser hijacker infection
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users may not completely delete hijacker from the infected system. So, we recommend to check your PC system for any remaining malicious components with free browser hijacker removal applications below.
Use Zemana Free to remove hijacker
We advise using the Zemana which are completely clean your PC of the browser hijacker. The tool is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you remove potentially unwanted software, hijackers, ad supported software, malware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
- Download Zemana on your MS Windows Desktop from the following link.
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- When the download is complete, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is done, press the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) utility will start scanning the whole PC to find out browser hijacker that cause a redirect to Total Recipe Search site. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
- As the scanning ends, a list of all items detected is produced. In order to delete all threats, simply click “Next”. After finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
How to remove Total Recipe Search with Malwarebytes
Remove Total Recipe Search hijacker manually is difficult and often the hijacker infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC. Moreover, the free program will allow you to delete malware, PUPs, toolbars and ad supported software that your PC system can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Update: November 9, 2017
Once the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up MalwareBytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to start checking your computer for the hijacker which cause Total Recipe Search web page to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your system and the speed of your machine. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
Once MalwareBytes Anti Malware has finished scanning your machine, a list of all items detected is produced. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will remove browser hijacker that causes web-browsers to display annoying Total Recipe Search web-page and move items to the program’s quarantine. After the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to remove ad-supported software, browser hijacker and other malicious software.
Delete Total Recipe Search from web-browsers with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and delete Total Recipe Search hijacker and other browser’s harmful extensions, malicious software, potentially unwanted applications and ad supported software from PC system (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP) and thereby restore internet browsers default settings (start page, new tab and default search engine). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the following link.
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Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
When the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as displayed on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” for checking your PC for the browser hijacker that causes internet browsers to show annoying Total Recipe Search page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the AdwCleaner is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
After AdwCleaner has finished scanning, AdwCleaner will display you the results as shown in the figure below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will start to remove browser hijacker that causes internet browsers to display undesired Total Recipe Search site. After the process is complete, the utility may ask you to restart your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Use AdBlocker to stop Total Recipe Search and stay safe online
Use an ad-blocker utility like AdGuard will protect you from harmful advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam web-pages. Additionally, ad blocker applications will help you to avoid annoying popup advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is complete, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop advertisements, web-pages such Total Recipe Search, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
How was Total Recipe Search hijacker infection installed on system
To sum up
Now your PC should be clean of the hijacker infection that causes browsers to display undesired Total Recipe Search web-page. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup ads and unwanted harmful sites) and Zemana Anti-Malware (to periodically scan your system for new hijackers and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Total Recipe Search from the Chrome, FF, IE and Microsoft Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.