Removal of TotalRecipeSearch browser-hijacking app

Also Known As: TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker removal instructions

What is TotalRecipeSearch?

Developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, TotalRecipeSearch is a browser-hijacking app that supposedly allows users easily access food recipes. Judging on the appearance alone TotalRecipeSearch actually appears to be completely appropriate. Yet in reality it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. That's because it often infiltrates computers without permission. Additionally, TotalRecipeSearch promotes a fake web search engine (myway.com) and may also track user's web browsing activity.

myway.com browser hijacker

After successful infiltration, TotalRecipeSearch hijacks the most popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) and assigns new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options as myway.com. Changes of this type are insignificant. However, users are unable to revert these changes since TotalRecipeSearch simply reassigns settings and prevents users from accessing some of them. As a result, returning browsers to their previous states simply becomes impossible. Users have no choice but to visit myway.com site whenever they open a new browsing tab/window or either search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. Another important issue, is data tracking. Browser hijackers and fake web search engines are notorious for recording information. The list of recorded data types usually includes (but it is not limited to) IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, and geolocations. This collected data often includes personal details, which is why users should be informed that developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received data, which is why information tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. One way or another, we advise you to uninstall TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker and not visit myway.com website.

Threat Summary:
Name TotalRecipeSearch
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names (installation setup) Avast (Win32:UnwantedSig [PUP]), DrWeb (Adware.MyWebSearch.145), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.BA Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) TotalRecipeSearch
Supposed Functionality Access to food recipes.
Promoted URL myway.com
Serving IP Address (myway.com) 74.113.237.64
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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Mindspark Interactive Network has released dozens of browser-hijacking applications all of which are completely identical. The list includes VideoConverterHD, YourTemplateFinder, GardeningEnthusiast, and many others. All of them are designed to offer some sort of "advantageous feature". However, these claims are mere attempts to create the impression of legitimacy. The truth is that these applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, they typically do nothing but cause unwanted redirects and may also record sensitive data.

How did TotalRecipeSearch install on my computer?

TotalRecipeSearch does have an official download website. Yet, as mentioned above, this browser hijacker often infiltrates the system without asking for a permission. That's because browser-hijacking applications are usually proliferated using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements (often delivered by already present adware-type applications) are designed to redirect to unreliable websites and to run scripts designed to download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling", on the other hand, is basically a stealth 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 recklessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. Additionally, users click on various advertisements without thinking about possible consequences. Behavior like such often results in inadvertent installations of third party applications. Users basically expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading and installing software. Always keep in mind that intrusive advertisements usually look completely appropriate. Once clicked, however, ads expose themselves by redirecting to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and similar. Ads of this type are often delivered by unwanted apps, which is why users who encounter such redirects on daily basis should remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Moreover, be sure to download desired programs only from official sources, preferably using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers should never be used, due to the fact that they often include ("bundle") rogue applications. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with TotalRecipeSearch, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker:

Website used to promote TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

TotalRecipeSearch 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.

myway.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

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

Video showing how to remove TotalRecipeSearch browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing myway.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 myway.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 myway.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 myway.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 "myway.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the totalrecipesearch browser hijacker, 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 myway.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 "TotalRecipeSearch" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing myway.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 "TotalRecipeSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (myway.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 myway.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 "myway.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 totalrecipesearch browser hijacker, 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 myway.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 "TotalRecipeSearch", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing myway.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 "TotalRecipeSearch", remove myway.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing myway.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 totalrecipesearch browser hijacker 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove totalrecipesearch browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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moorhenquerying

wow, i didn't though that everything was so easy! thanks a lot this was fast and smooth. finally i can use google again

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