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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


If food recipes are what you are looking for, then Search.yourrecipescenter.com might seem like a perfect search engine for you. However, we are writing about this application not because we want to encourage its usage. In fact, we want to warn you that it was classified as a browser hijacker because the software might modify default browser settings. Also, it could include links to questionable websites in your search results. If you do not want to take any chances with Search.yourrecipescenter.com, you should not hesitate to delete it from your browsers. Slide below the text and you will see removal instructions that will show you how to delete the browser hijacker from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Research revealed that the browser hijacker might enter your system if you click malicious pop-up ads. Thus, users who do not have a security tool and occasionally visit untrustworthy web pages are more likely to receive the software. The search engine is available on yourrecipescenter.com/Recipes website too, but only a small part of users might have installed the browser hijacker this way. In order to enter this site, you would have to know the exact applications title or its website’s address.

This browser hijacker does not even have a unique search engine; instead, it uses yahoo.com to collect matching results for you. However, the results might be modified in the process, so the ones you would see could contain commercial ads, pop-up, etc. The problem with this advertising is that it might come from third-party web pages. Search.yourrecipescenter.com might have a lot of third-party partners, so it is doubtful that it reviews every ad or website that it promotes. Consequently, some of the advertisements could come from malicious web pages that could infect your system with viruses, Trojans, ransomware, and other malicious software. Other sites could promote questionable applications like this browser hijacker, e.g. adware, potentially unwanted programs, suspicious toolbars, and so on.

Furthermore, Search.yourrecipescenter.com may also collect your anonymous and private data. This data could be gathered with web beacons, cookies, and other similar technologies. According to the search engine’s Privacy Policy, such information could be used to determine “which pages you visit, which ads you click on, communications you respond to, and functionality you use; to store and allow retrieval of information that you have provided to third party services,” and so on. The software’s third-party partners could gather your identifiable or non-identifiable information too when you click on ads, and they redirect you to other websites. Since some ads could lead you to potentially harmful pages, you may want to be extra careful as you visit such sites or submit your personal information there. Your anonymous data could be used to provide you with targeted ads. As for your personal information, it depends on the website that gathers such data. That is why you should read a site's Privacy Policy and learn how it could be used or if it can be shared or sold to other interested parties.

However, if you do not want to risk violation of your privacy or your computer’s security, you should remove this unreliable search engine from your browsers. Search.yourrecipescenter.com might affect the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers. The hijacker cannot be deleted through Control Panel completely. It modifies particular browser’s files, makes a few Registry entries and places its data on your system. If you want to remove it manually, you should take a look at the instructions located at the end of this article. They will list the locations of the files that you should erase. If you do not think that you can complete these steps on your own, we would advise you to install an antimalware tool of your choice. The security tool could help you delete the browser hijacker from your system. Also, if you keep it updated, it should be able to guard your system against other threats as well. Should you have more questions about Search.yourrecipescenter.com, do not hesitate to contact us via social media.

Eliminate Search.yourrecipescenter.com

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R, type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Locate this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.
  3. Find YourRecipesCenter key, select it and right-click it to Delete.
  4. Go to the following directory: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE
  5. Locate YourRecipesCenter key and right-click it to delete.
  6. Find this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  7. Locate Value Name Start Page, right-click it and press Modify.
  8. Replace Value Data, e.g., google.com and select OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E to open the Explorer.
  2. Copy and paste this directory: %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}\jetpack
  3. Find @Recipes folder, right-click it and choose delete.
  4. Insert the following location into the Explorer: %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}\extensions
  5. Locate a file that is titled as @Recipes.xpi and right-click it to delete.
  6. Go to: %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}
  7. Find Prefs.js file and open it as a Notepad document.
  8. Locate and erase the following line: user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “http://search.yourrecipescenter.com”).

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E to open the Explorer.
  2. Copy and insert given locations one by one:
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
    %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
  3. Locate pnbmdebbonjpdibadbbghlgjnmmmaglk folder in each directory.
  4. Right-click pnbmdebbonjpdibadbbghlgjnmmmaglk and press Delete.
  5. Insert this directory into the Explorer: %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  6. Find and remove listed files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
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