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Remove RecipeSearch (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

RecipeSearch is the hijacker that claims to show valuable search results altered and improved to offer better service

RecipeSearch RedirectRecipeSearch is the potentially unwanted program that triggers some changes to the machine, settings of the web browser itself, and preferences that are related to internet browsing. This hijacker is related directly to the MyWay search engine and other tools like this, applications that provide altered results while you browse the web. Potentially unwanted programs like this one, often focus on creating redirects and manipulating particular settings on the system, so the user is exposed to possibly harmful content and third-party promotions. All the advertisements can create redirects, trigger other materials to appear on the screen. You shouldn't keep the search engine as the default one since there is no value in using the site as a tool.

You need to change settings back to default on your browsers and try to completely terminate the potentially unwanted program that creates all the issues on the computer for you. This is the most important thing because relation to other intruders can lead to installations of adware, browser hijackers, or more malicious intruders. Even though this program is no RecipeSearch virus, there are possibilities that users get to visit dangerous pages during these altered browsing sessions.[1]

Name RecipeSearch Toolbar, RecipeSearch redirect
Type  Browser hijacker/ redirect virus
Symptoms The program affects your browsing online sessions by redirecting to third-party or sponsored materials. The fake search engine injects all the results with links, pop-ups, banners, other content that can be used to generate views, page visits, and revenue
Issues The potentially unwanted program creates annoying redirects to advertisements, injects hyperlinks, other promotional content, so the user is rerouted to other pages and gets to visit third-party websites. This behavior also leads to privacy issues due to ad-tracking functions
Distribution Potentially unwanted programs get distributed during the insecure freeware installations that include pre-bundled applications and automatically downloads them on the PC without particular permissions needed
Elimination RecipeSearch removal should consist of two steps: eliminating the remain PUP and clearing traces of the intruder from the web browsers directly
Repair You can recover after the infection if you run a tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that finds and repairs virus damage, corrupted files, and affected programs

RecipeSearch redirect is the potentially unwanted program that changes browser settings and resets the default search engine, homepage, new tab preferences to this site or associated search engine. There are many tools and pages related to this domain and the PUP that is developed by Mindspark developers, so you can notice installs of different programs and applications that create more issues.

Recipe Search virus is intrusive and possibly harmful since data tracking is one of the secret features that people cannot notice or know about. There are many potentially unwanted programs, third-party advertisers, and sponsors that can access various information about you and collect those details for the later use. Experts[2] always note that the internet is not a safe place.

Once the shady program starts showing all the redirects to RecipeSearch and other shady pages with the same purposes of exposing you to pages or sponsored ads. There are tons of different sites that you might end up on, so promotional banners, pop-ups, and similar material leads to unwanted installations of various apps and exposure to harmful content. 

There are no reasons to keep the application running for a long time because of all the symptoms that RecipeSearch displays are related to advertisers. PUP creators and other sponsors. The browser hijacker is categorized as a potentially unwanted program because it comes without any permissions and users' knowledge.

RecipeSearch PUPRecipeSearch is the intruder that injects search results with links and banners, so you get redirected to other sponsored pages.

Unfortunately, the shady installation ways of the PUP affects the RecipeSearch removal results too. You cannot easily get rid of the intruder when you cannot see the main program, which is triggering all the symptoms and changes on the machine. You should rely on a proper tool designed to clear malicious programs.

It is easiest to remove RecipeSearch redirect when you start with the anti-malware program and the full system check. Launching the system scan can help to find all the possible intruders[3] and remove them fully with the same automatic tool. Programs designed to find and terminate malware or general security programs can help you with this process. Try SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes for the job.

Do not forget about the thrid-party issue that can be related to the damage that RecipeSearch triggers and leaves behind. Unfortunately, removing the program and related applications do not ensure that the system properly cleared from the virus damage too. You need additional tools and programs designed to improve the performance of the system by repairing affected files and functions. PC repair tools or optimizers like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego might be helpful.

RecipeSearch virusRecipeSearch is the the PUP called redirect virus due to additional pop-ups and windows triggered by the engine.

Shady distribution ways leading to additional installs of the useless apps

You cannot trust everything that you find on the internet. Especially when it is coming like pop-ups, banners, redirects, and content that you see unwillingly. There are sites that distribute programs, promote tools, and claims to have products that are useful and needed for everyone.

However, online sites and promotional material often include shady functions like software bundling or additional layers, scripts that trigger installations of other programs, apps, tools. You need to take care of your device and go for trustworthy sites with reliable sources and get apps from there. Also, choosing Advanced or Custom options during the installation can provide more information and control over the download.

Get rid of the intrusive material related to RecipeSearch redirect PUP

There are tools designed specifically for RecipeSearch removal because this is the intruder that belongs to a popular category of potentially unwanted programs. This browser hijacker can trigger changes in the particular part of the system, to applications, so you are left with more damage than you think. 

When the RecipeSearch virus manages to change the needed parts of the machine, you cannot properly use web browsers or even the computer itself. There are particular system optimizers and PC repair tools that can help you with PUP damage and other issues, so rely on those.

Of course, you need to remove RecipeSearch first. Only after the full system cleaning, you can interfere with web browsers, other settings, system preferences, and all. Manual changes can affect the performance, but check the system with proper security tool at least once to see if there are any malicious programs besides the PUP or not.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove RecipeSearch, follow these steps:

Remove RecipeSearch from Windows systems

The program that creates all the RecipeSearch redirects, should be eliminated immediatelly

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall RecipeSearch and related programs
    Here, look for RecipeSearch or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove RecipeSearch from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of RecipeSearch from Mac OS X system

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

Remove RecipeSearch from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for RecipeSearch-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 RecipeSearch, 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 RecipeSearch and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the RecipeSearch-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate RecipeSearch 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 RecipeSearch 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,
  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 RecipeSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall RecipeSearch 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 RecipeSearch-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

Delete RecipeSearch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select RecipeSearch and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete RecipeSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase RecipeSearch from Google Chrome

Clear the system and then go through your web browsers, so all the traces of this intruder get cleared off properly. Eliminate any applications and tools related to RecipeSearch

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select RecipeSearch and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete RecipeSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove RecipeSearch from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for RecipeSearch or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by RecipeSearch, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete RecipeSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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