What is Quick Online Recipes?
Quick Online Recipes is a rogue browser extension that our researchers discovered while investigating suspicious software-promoting webpages. This extension is presented as an easy-access tool for food recipes and other cooking-related content. Our analysis of this piece of software revealed that Quick Online Recipes operates as adware.
Quick Online Recipes adware overview
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (advertisements) on various interfaces, such as visited websites. These adverts endorse online scams, untrustworthy/dangerous sites and software, and even malware. Some intrusive ads are capable of performing stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.
It is pertinent to mention that any genuine content encountered through these advertisements is most likely promoted by scammers abusing its affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.
It has to be mentioned that advertising-supported software might not deliver adverts if the browser/system or user geolocation are incompatible, particular sites are not visited, or other conditions are unsuitable. However, the presence of Quick Online Recipes on systems endangers device/user safety regardless of whether it displays ads.
Quick Online Recipes spies on users' browsing activity. Adware typically collects visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, and so forth. This vulnerable information can be monetized via sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, Quick Online Recipes may cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even lead to identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Quick Online Recipes|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Quick Online Recipes|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to food recipes and cooking-related content.|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
We have analyzed thousands of adware samples; Dood Colors, Travel, Some-Light, and NonLight are merely some of our newest finds. Advertising-supported software usually looks harmless and offers handy functionalities. However, these features rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
How did Quick Online Recipes install on my computer?
We acquired Quick Online Recipes from its "official" promotional page. In addition to such misleading sites, adware is pushed through scam webpages (e.g., fake updates, virus alerts, etc.). Users typically enter these pages through redirects caused by websites using rogue advertising networks, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Intrusive advertisements proliferate advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
Adware is also distributed using the "bundling" marketing method - packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious supplements. Download from dubious channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. Additionally, when installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all supplements.
We advise being vigilant when browsing since fraudulent and malicious material usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive ads look ordinary and harmless, yet they redirect to unreliable/harmful sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with such adverts/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Quick Online Recipes, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote Quick Online Recipes adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Quick Online Recipes?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Quick Online Recipes application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Quick Online Recipes ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Quick Online Recipes' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Quick Online Recipes extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Quick Online Recipes adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Quick Online Recipes", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Quick Online Recipes ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Quick Online Recipes adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Quick Online Recipes" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by quick online recipes, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Quick Online Recipes" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by quick online recipes 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by quick online recipes, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware delivers advertisements promoting harmful content that can cause serious issues such as system infections, financial losses, etc. This software usually has data tracking functionalities, which also make it a privacy threat.
What does adware do?
Adware runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, this software displays ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Additionally, some types can force-open sites and gather private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates most of the profit through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, applications, products, services, etc. The developers may earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Quick Online Recipes adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate all the adware-type apps present. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be ideal. Even after the advertising-supported software has been (manually) removed - various files can remain hidden within the system. These remnants may continue running and causing issues. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate adware thoroughly.