How to remove (uninstall)

The article you are reading is about malicious toolbar by Mindspark that name is We will tell you how you can remove TotalRecipeSearch from all versions of Windows and browsers like Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge and Opera.

What is

TotalRecipeSearch belongs to the type of adware program.

Advertising-supported software, is software that generates revenue for its developer by automatically generating online advertisements in the user interface of the software or on a screen presented to the user during the installation process. The software may generate two types of revenue: one is for the display of the advertisement and another on a "pay-per-click" basis, if the user clicks on the advertisement. The software may implement advertisements in a variety of ways, including a static box display, a banner display, full screen, a video, pop-up ad or in some other form. From Wikiipedia.

To delete this adware and other similar utilities, you should know the basic principles of its working. Their single aim is to generate advertising materials, and by showing them to a customer and forcing him to follow them, adware creates action on the webpages it needs to advertise. The majority of links adware displays are fake and are made to trick you into attending the site, but some percentage of them have something to sell. It’s a compliment to say goods, actually, as they are more of “bads” if you know what we mean. The thing with TotalRecipeSearch’s banners is that they aren't true. If a site is promoted via adware, it means that it is unable to take advantage of any legit service. It also means that the service is of either third grade or unlawful nature. Through annoying advertising practices, which is making hundreds of links appear all over customers’ screens until they click on a single one., literally, is a suspicious program, created to cozen you out of your money. Naturally, we aren't really talking about the existing money that are in your pockets, it’s more about you unwillingly working for Internet-swindlers, following the links they display to you, and viewing untrusted webpages. We will go deeper into it in our article, and explain everything at length. If you are not interested, and already know how to ward away from your workstation – you may simply ignore the informative paragraphs and head to the closing part with uninstalling instructions.


How infects the system

You need to understand the infection technique to defend your computer against malicious programs. Almost always there is a single malicious tool on the PC, and it helps the others to break through. Our task in this guide is to define how the undesired utilities penetrate the brand new, shielded PC. Unfortunately, you have the key role in this process. Here we've described some of the most popular techniques to trick you into installing

  • Direct installation. Some people install undesired utilities supposing that they are helpful, and the best recipe to prevent this is understanding how to tell a perilous utility from a good one. Oftentimes, they disguise themselves as reputable utilities and choose the ones whose functions are not totally explainable. To this type belong any search utilities claiming to enhance your browser or help you in finding everything from the best sales to delicious deals. From time to time, swindlers use system optimizers and programs for social networks. If you see one of these – we recommend you to find tons of feedback about it on trusted sites before you install it.
  • Scam mailout. This method is utilized not as often as the bundling, but you can’t be overcautious with scammers. The trick is that from time to time you receive strange letters from unidentified addresses. It might be just a mis-sent email, but in case this message has any documents or active links – don’t click on it. Clicking on such a link or opening a document will result in the immediate installation of any sort of malware onto the device, and it might be pretty much worse than adware.
  • "Bundling". According to this manner, adware is combined with several other programs. All of them are either suspicious or perilous except one. Generally, the file is titled after a helpful utility, and the customer thinks that he’s installing it, while all he downloads is a bunch of trash. You should remember that there is a point when you are installing a bundle when you will be able to decline the recommended installation way and opt out of the installation of unwanted utilities. Believe us, you don’t want to skip it. Just read the contents of the menus while you're installing unpaid tools, and avoid suspicious tools.

We hope that our guide helps you understand the techniques of Total Recipe Search infection, and avoid it in the future.

How to remove from your PC

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)


If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC


Now let's eliminate forever. We’ve explained to you everything you should understand about it, so if you abide by our tips, will never infect your PC. There’s a single advice we want to give: install an effective anti-viral tool. If you already have one – it’s pretty much obvious that it isn’t working, since adware is in your computer right now. There’s also another detail regarding antiviruses you should realize: you shouldn't ever deactivate them. From time to time everyone receives those fake pop-ups on the screen, asking you to switch off your antivirus since it obstructs from displaying any info. It’s just adware struggling to get to you. It's wiser to keep your AV tool always on and updated.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "" and delete these elements


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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall


Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.


Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs


Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages


Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows


Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.



Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"


Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default


Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions


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