Find Instant Recipes browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Find Instant Recipes?
As a rule, browser hijackers are designed to promote address of some fake search engine by modifying some of the browser's settings. Find Instant Recipes promotes the hfindinstantrecipes.com address. Also, quite often apps of this type help their developers to generate by collecting browsing-related and/or other information. Most users end up having their browsers hijacked unintentionally, in other words, they do not download and install such apps knowingly. For this reason Find Instant Recipes and other apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by assigning their address as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. Find Instant Recipes sets them to hfindinstantrecipes.com. Therefore, its users are forced to visit hfindinstantrecipes.com each time they open a browser (new window), new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. If used as a search engine, hfindinstantrecipes.com displays results generated by Yahoo (it redirects users to search.yahoo.com). It does not generate any unique results ant that is why it is called fake. It is worthwhile to mention that most browser hijackers are designed to prevent users from removing address of a fake search engine from settings. Users can do that only when a particular browser hijacker is no longer installed. In this case hfindinstantrecipes.com be removed from settings by uninstalling Find Instant Recipes. Although, it is not the only reason to uninstall this or any other installed browser hijacker. It is common that apps of this type gather browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc.) and/or even sensitive information. The problem with it is that recorded information may be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in some another way. To sum up, a browser hijacker is a type of application that can be the reason behind problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even identity theft. Therefore, is is advised not to download and install apps like Find Instant Recipes.
|Name||Find Instant Recipes|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), AVG (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Find Instant Recipes|
|Supposed Functionality||This browser hijacker supposed to provide a quick access to websites for recipes|
|Serving IP Address (hfindinstantrecipes.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Some examples of other browser hijackers are EmailCheckNow, ConvertPDFEasy and PDFConvertersSearch. Most of them are designed to ensure that users would visit address of some fake search engine. Also, they often operate as information tracking tools. Either way, most browser hijackers do are useless and can be the reason behind various issues. Therefore, any installed browser hijacker should be uninstalled as soon as possible.
How did Find Instant Recipes install on my computer?
Quite often browser hijackers and other types of PUAs get downloaded and/or installed through download and/or installation setups of other programs. To be more precise, when they are included in their setups as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling", it is being used to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs through setups of some other, intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs. In most cases information about additional downloads and/or installations can be found in settings of setups like "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections. Unfortunately, not all people check and change them and that is exactly how they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with wanted software. In some cases PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software, files only from official websites, and via direct links, and not to use third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), questionable, unofficial websites, etc., for that. Furthermore, download and/or installation setups that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" settings should be always checked for offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted applications. Also, it is advised not to trust/click advertisements that appear on various questionable websites (e.g., on pages related to pornography, adult dating, gambling). Quite often such ads are designed to open various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. Any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are installed on a web browser should be uninstalled. The same should done with software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Find Instant Recipes, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Find Instant Recipes browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Find Instant Recipes browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Find Instant Recipes?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Find Instant Recipes application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hfindinstantrecipes.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Find Instant Recipes browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove hfindinstantrecipes.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove hfindinstantrecipes.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Find Instant Recipes browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Find Instant Recipes"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the hfindinstantrecipes.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Find Instant Recipes browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://hfindinstantrecipes.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "Find Instant Recipes".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hfindinstantrecipes.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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Find Instant Recipes" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Find Instant Recipes", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.hfindinstantrecipes.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "hfindinstantrecipes.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hfindinstantrecipes.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Find Instant Recipes", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Find Instant Recipes", remove hxxp://hfindinstantrecipes.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with hfindinstantrecipes.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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hfindinstantrecipes.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove hfindinstantrecipes.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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