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Remove Damn Good Recipe Promos (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Damn Good Recipe Promos is a potentially unwanted program that introduces intrusive advertisements into your web browser

Damn Good Recipe PromosDamn Good Recipe Promos is a potentially unwanted application that can infiltrate your system via software bundles

Damn Good Recipe Promos is an adware[1] that users typically install unintentionally after they download freeware from third-party sites or after they see a fake advertisement on a random website. The app is considered to be a PUP not only due to its deceptive distribution tactics, but also its functionality, as it is set to actively track users and insert intrusive advertisements into Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another web browser.

Damn Good Recipe Promos is advertised as a browser extension that can help users to find new food recipes and improve their cooking skills. However, the app has ulterior motives, which is monetization on advertisements. While showing ads is something that many companies do, intrusive pop-ups, banners, coupons, deals, offers, and other commercial content should not be tolerated by users.

Name Damn Good Recipe Promos
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Alleged function To allow users to find cooking recipes fast
Infiltration Adware is typically downloaded along with freeware from third-party websites, although some might install it without knowing about the unwanted activities that the PUP exhibit after the infiltration. Additionally, some might install it after being tricked by an attractive ad or a fake update prompt on a random website
Risks Installation of other unneeded/suspicious programs, personal information disclosure to unknown parties, monetary loss, etc. 
Elimination  You can eliminate the browser extension by right-clicking on it; if you suspect there are programs installed on your computer – scan it with anti-malware and then reset all the installed browsers as explained below 
Optimization  In case your computer is suffering from system shutdowns, crashes, and similar issues, it might have been caused by an infection. To fix these issues after elimination of the malicious app, we suggest using ReimageIntego

As soon as users download the Damn Good Recipe Promos, they should immediately see changes to their web browsers and ever-increasing amount of advertisements and other disturbances:

  • Advertisement banners and promotions can be encountered on most visited websites;
  • New tab URL, homepage, and the search engine might be set to something else;
  • Web browser operation becomes slower and it sometimes fails to load particular pages;
  • Redirects lead to unknown websites (might be malicious);

While many users might be annoyed by the intrusive nature of DamnGoodRecipe, it is not its most dangerous trait. While ads are legitimate sources of monetizing for many content creators and app developers, some advertisements are just not as safe as the others.

In some cases, users might be presented with online scams after being redirected several times via the web browser. These fake alerts might suggest that there is something missing on the computer (like a Flash update) or that it has been infected with malware, and some unknown software needs to be downloaded to protect users' sensitive information. However, these are all bogus claims and should never be trusted.

Adware, in general, is not considered to be malware, although its extensive advertisements not only diminish web browsing experience but also can put privacy and computer security at risk. For that reason, some may refer to such apps as Damn Good Recipe Promos virus, even though the term is not correct technically.

Damn Good Recipe Promos PUPDamn Good Recipe Promos is an adware app that injects intrusive ads on various websites that you visit

Another reason for Damn Good Recipe Promos removal is its information tracking principles. The app tracks a variety of data about users who have it installed, including contract information (if provided), cookies, browser type, IP address, type of device, third-party ads interactions, visited websites, geolocation, zip code, and much more. Besides, all this data can be shared with the company's partners, as explained in the Privacy Policy:[2]

We may share your Information with our principals, employees, consultants, officers, directors, members, agents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, or our parent company and its principals, parent company, employees, officers, consultants, directors, members, agents, subsidiaries, or affiliates.

We may share your Information with third party advertising networks and advertisers to help deliver Third Party Ads to you and to improve the relevancy of such Third Party Ads.

Since the app is often spread via software bundles, it can end up on your system without your consent, so you should remove Damn Good Recipe Promos from your system immediately. If you are still having trouble with ads, we recommend you reset your browsers as per instructions below and then can the machine with anti-malware and a repair tool such as ReimageIntego.

Prevent potentially unwanted program intrusion by being cautious online

While adware infection is not the same as malware infection, it might lead to the same consequences, as the former can lead to the infiltration of the latter. Ads, redirects, and other shady advertisement practices often land many users in trouble, whether they get scammed on a phishing site or install an app without knowing much about it. Luckily, most adware and other PUPs can be eliminated without too much effort before they cause major damage or lead users to malware.

However, keep in mind that even an unintentional click can sometimes bring trouble. For example, if you are not keen on updating your web browsers, other apps, as well as the operating system, you are very much vulnerable to malware attacks. Some websites are programmed to run a malicious script in the background on those machines that have vulnerable software[3] installed. As a result, malware can get installed automatically without user intervention. What makes matters worse, an infection of adware can lead to such dangerous sites much quicker than otherwise.

Therefore, make sure you avoid adware – the security holes often outweigh the benefits of the app's functionality, so make sure you only install trustworthy applications from reputable and trusted sources. Nonetheless, even well-known websites bungle software, so you should be careful during the installation process – always pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Quick/Recommended ones and watch out for pre-ticked boxes/fine print/misplaced buttons, which can easily lead to infiltration of unwanted or even dangerous apps. Finally, protect your computer with comprehensive security software.

Damn Good Recipe Promos and other PUP removal options

Keep in mind that, in case you noticed that Damn Good Recipe Promos was installed on your system without your consent, there is a high chance that there are other adware apps or even malware inside. Therefore, it is always a good practice to perform a full system scan with reputable security software, which would be able to find all the potential threats automatically. Nevertheless, you can perform Damn Good Recipe Promos removal manually as well.

Damn Good Recipe Promos data gatheringDamn Good Recipe Promos gathers a variety of information about users and then shares it with various parties

To remove Damn Good Recipe Promos, you should right-click on the extension, although this might not be enough. Potentially unwanted applications, especially adware, leave traces and settings behind, even after the main app is terminated. Therefore, we highly advise you to reset all the installed browsers to remove Damn Good Recipe Promos cookies and other traces to prevent the return of unwanted ads.

Finally, you can also use the instructions below to manually check for other potentially unwanted programs besides the DamnGoodRecipe extension that might be present on your machine.

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To remove Damn Good Recipe Promos, follow these steps:

Remove Damn Good Recipe Promos from Windows systems

Uninstall potentially unwanted applications from Windows systems as explained below:

To remove Damn Good Recipe Promos from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Damn Good Recipe Promos (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase Damn Good Recipe Promos from Mac OS X system

macOS users should perform the following step to delete adware from their systems:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Damn Good Recipe Promos from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Damn Good Recipe Promos-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Damn Good Recipe Promos, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Damn Good Recipe Promos and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Damn Good Recipe Promos-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Damn Good Recipe Promos from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Damn Good Recipe Promos and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Damn Good Recipe Promos removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Damn Good Recipe Promos from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Damn Good Recipe Promos-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Damn Good Recipe Promos from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Damn Good Recipe Promos and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Damn Good Recipe Promos did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Damn Good Recipe Promos removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Damn Good Recipe Promos from Google Chrome

Adware often leaves cookies and unwanted settings on Google Chrome, even after it is eliminated. To prevent the return of ads, reset the browser as follows:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Damn Good Recipe Promos by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Damn Good Recipe Promos-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Damn Good Recipe Promos removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Damn Good Recipe Promos from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Damn Good Recipe Promos and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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