Easy Free Recipes Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: search.heasyfreerecipes.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Easy Free Recipes?

Easy Free Recipes is a deceptive application that supposedly provides access to various food recipes. Judging on the appearance alone, search.heasyfreerecipes.com seems appropriate and handy. In reality, however, Easy Free Recipes is categorized as a browser-hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA). This application typically infiltrates the system without asking for a permission. It is also designed to promote a fake web search engine (search.heasyfreerecipes.com) and to gather various information relating to user's web browsing activity.

search.heasyfreerecipes.com browser hijacker

Once infiltrated, Easy Free Recipes hijacks the most popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) and modifies new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options by assigning as search.heasyfreerecipes.com. These changes aren't significant. However, the problem is that users are unable to revert them. That's because Easy Free Recipes reassigns these settings (or simply prevents users from accessing them) every time attempts to change are made. For this reason, users cannot return browsers to their previous states. Users are forced to visit search.heasyfreerecipes.com every time they open a new browsing tab/window or search the web via URL bar. It is also worth noting that search.heasyfreerecipes.com, as a web search engine, is completely useless, because all it does is redirects users to search.yahoo.com. In other words, users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate web search engine) and search.heasyfreerecipes.com becomes irrelevant. Another significant downside is data tracking. Both search.heasyfreerecipes.com and Easy Free Recipes are designed to record information relating to user's web browsing activity. Collected data (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) is likely to contain personal details. Yet what's more important is that developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Hence, presence of data-tracking apps like Easy Free Recipes might lead to various privacy issues and even identity theft. You should remove Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker and never return to search.heasyfreerecipes.com site again.

Threat Summary:
Name Easy Free Recipes
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Recipes, Easy Free Recipes
Supposed Functionality This app claims to provide access to various food recipes.
Promoted URL search.heasyfreerecipes.com
Serving IP Address (search.heasyfreerecipes.com) 52.5.182.68
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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Easy Free Recipes is completely identical to Your Easy Forms, Your Package Tracked Now, Fast Weather App, and dozens of other browser-hijacking applications. By offering a huge variety of "useful features", these applications create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness and trick users into installation. However, the purpose of each potentially unwanted application is to generate revenue for the developers. Thus, instead of enabling the promised functions, apps like search.heasyfreerecipes.com cause redirects and gather various data. Moreover, fake web search engines may feed users with intrusive advertisements and/or false results. Both usually lead to unreliable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornogrpahy, etc.) For this reason, usage may lead to further system infections.

How did Easy Free Recipes install on my computer?

Easy Free Recipes is free for anyone to download at it's official website. However, vast majority of users install this application inadvertently, without their consent. That's because developers proliferate Easy Free Recipes by using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive advertisements usually redirect users to unreliable websites or execute scripts that download and install unwanted applications. "Bundling", on the other hand, is an undercover installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. What developers do is hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more important is that users often carelessly skip most of download/installation steps and click on various advertisements. By doing so, users simply expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to prevent this situation users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Always be sure to carefully analyze every single step of download/installation processes using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, opt-out all additionally included applications and decline all offers to download/install such. We also recommend to download desired software only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, which is why such tools should never be used. Users should also know that intrusive advertisements typically look completely appropriate. Once clicked, however, ads expose themselves by redirecting to unreliable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) Ads of this type are often delivered by adware-type applications. Therefore, if you encounter such ads frequently then remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with Easy Free Recipes, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

search.heasyfreerecipes.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Easy Free Recipes"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.heasyfreerecipes.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove Easy Free Recipes browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.heasyfreerecipes.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Easy Free Recipes".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyfreerecipes.com redirect, 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 wish 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Easy Free Recipes" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Easy Free Recipes" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.heasyfreerecipes.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.heasyfreerecipes.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyfreerecipes.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Easy Free Recipes" (or simply "Recipes"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Easy Free Recipes" (or simply "Recipes") remove hxxp://search.heasyfreerecipes.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.heasyfreerecipes.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.heasyfreerecipes.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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