Total Recipe Search Toolbar

Also Known As: Total Recipe Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level Damage level: Low

Total Recipe Search Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to home.mywebsearch.com and search.mywebsearch.com?

What is Total Recipe Search Toolbar?

Total Recipe Search Toolbar is a browser add-on (for Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox), which adds shortcuts to various recipes (daily recipe, healthy meals, new recipes, etc.) Adding shortcuts such as these to your browsers might sound like a good idea, but there is a downside to having Total Recipe Search toolbar installed on your computer: your Internet browser homepage and default search engine will be changed to home.mywebsearch.com and search.mywebsearch.com This is because the toolbar is powered by Mindspark, a company responsible for creating various web applications using deceptive strategies to redirect PC users to the aforementioned websites.

These redirects are done for monetization purposes. When using Total Recipe Search toolbar's search bar, you are directed to search.mywebsearch.com While the organic search results are legitimate, some dubious sponsored results are also returned when using this website. Clicking on these results may lead to installation of other unwanted browser add-ons or even malware. Furthermore, the website uses cookies to allow your Internet browsing habits to be tracked and this information could be sold to third parties. Using the search.mywebsearch.com website does not provide any real benefits and Internet users are advised remain with safer, legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

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Total Recipe Search Toolbar can be downloaded from the homepage totalrecipesearch.com or it may come bundled with free software available on the Internet. When installing this or any other toolbar, computer users should express caution and study each installation window. The modification of the Internet browser's default search engine and homepage can be avoided by unchecking some options. If you feel that you have unwillingly or inadvertently installed this toolbar, use the removal guide provided to help eliminate Total Recipe Search Toolbar and its redirects.

Quick menu:

Total Recipe Search Toolbar removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features"

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

total recipe search toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "TotalRecipeSearch Toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Total Recipe Search Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Total Recipe Search Toolbar removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Total Recipe Search Toolbar from Internet Explorer:

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Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Total Recipe Search Toolbar-related entries (TotalRecipeSearch, Toolbar BHO, Search Assistant BHO) and disable them.

To change your homepage from the unwanted one to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove the unwanted URL and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Total Recipe Search Toolbar from FireFox:

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Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "TotalRecipeSearch".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove the unwanted URL and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Total Recipe Search Toolbar distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Total Recipe Search Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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