Remove My Recipe Finder (Virus Removal Guide)

What is My Recipe Finder?

My Recipe Finder is a browser hijacker, endorsed as an easy access tool to various printable recipes. Following successful infiltration, it modifies browser settings in order to promote hmyrecipefinder.co – an illegitimate search engine. It also monitors users’ browsing habits and collects sensitive browsing-related information. Due to the dubious techniques used to proliferate My Recipe Finder, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Users should note that My Recipe Finder is often distributed alongside another PUA called Hide My History.

Browser hijackers primarily target Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers with large user bases. This software reassigns browsers’ default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs – to the addresses of fake web searchers. My Recipe Finder makes such modifications to browser settings in promotion of hmyrecipefinder.co as well. With this browser hijacker installed, every single search query typed into the URL bar and every new browser tab/window opened – redirect to hmyrecipefinder.co. Illegitimate web searchers have no real value to users, as they are seldom able to generate search results. Hence, they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) legitimate search engines, e.g. Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc. Hmyrecipefinder.co is not an exception to this, it redirects to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Additionally, browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or restrict/deny access to the browser’s settings outright. Therefore, the only way of recovering the hijacked browser is by removing the software affecting it. As mentioned in the introduction, My Recipe Finder has data tracking abilities. It monitors browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gathers personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is usually monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of data-tracking content on systems can result in financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is crucial to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

How did My Recipe Finder install on my computer?

PUAs can have “official” promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. My Recipe Finder has such site(s). These applications are also proliferated via download/installation setups of other products. This false marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions – is termed “bundling”. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored or skimmed terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options, etc.) – increase the risk of unintentionally allowing dubious and/or bundled content into the device. Intrusive ads can infiltrate such apps into systems as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How did My Recipe Finder install on my computer?

PUAs can have “official” promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. My Recipe Finder has such site(s). These applications are also proliferated via download/installation setups of other products. This false marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions – is termed “bundling”. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored or skimmed terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options, etc.) – increase the risk of unintentionally allowing dubious and/or bundled content into the device. Intrusive ads can infiltrate such apps into systems as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent.

  • STEP 1. Uninstall My Recipe Finder application using Control Panel.
  • STEP 2. Remove hmyrecipefinder.co redirect from Internet Explorer.
  • STEP 3. Remove My Recipe Finder browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
  • STEP 4. Remove hmyrecipefinder.co homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
  • STEP 5. Remove hmyrecipefinder.co redirect from Safari.
  • STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.

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

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Safari (Mac):

  • 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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