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Should I remove DesktopRecipe?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,626
United States Rank #17,461
Reach 0.0057%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.78 days
81.91 days >
Average installed length: 43.03 days


3.0.88 25.00%
3.0.87 8.93%
3.0.86 19.64%
3.0.85 23.21%
3.0.84 22.32%
3.0.83 0.89%


What is DesktopRecipe?

Desktop Recipe from Injekt is an adware program that injects adverts in the user's web browser. It is also a browser hijacker that changes the web browser's settings (home, search, etc) as well as lowers security settings. In addition the installer will display additional opt-out offers for other adware and unwanted software.

About  (from Exciting Technology)

Desktop Recipe is a free application that allows you to quickly find new recipes to try. Desktop Recipe is entirely free to use. In order to keep Desktop Recipe free, we've partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads when Desktop Recipe is installed. We do not allow any really annoying ads, ...  Read more


The most common release is 3.0.88, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named DesktopRecipe.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 801.73 KB (820,976 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Installs a Windows Service
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in DesktopRecipe.
DesktopRecipe.exe (edb1c0ae19aab31e442e13f7fb22846c) has been flagged by the following 19 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2016.0.2938 Generic
Avira ADWARE/PullUpdate.Gen7
AVware PullUpdate
Baidu-International Adware.MSIL.PullUpdate.L
Comodo Security 23439 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web Trojan.Yontoo.2849
ESET-NOD32 9.12427 a variant of MSIL/Adware.PullUpdate.L.gen
Fortinet FortiGate 11/1/2015 Adware/PullUpdate
K7 AntiVirus 13.211.17571 Adware
K7GW 13.211.17571 Adware ( 004b97961 )
Malwarebytes v2015.11.01.09 PUP.Optional.PullUpdate
McAfee 5600.6594 Artemis!EDB1C0AE19AA
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6594 Artemis!PUP
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.1d6
Sophos 4.98 Generic PUA DO (PUA)
Symantec 11/1/2015 rev. 1 Trojan.Gen
Tencent Msil.Adware.Pullupdate.Aoiz
Trend Micro 10.465.01 TROJ_GEN.R092C0OJI15
VIPRE Antivirus 44642 PullUpdate
       View all 19 all detections
DesktopRecipe has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: www.desktoprecipe.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\desktoprecipe
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\DesktopRecipe\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 801.73 KB

Program filesFiles installed by DesktopRecipe

Program executable:DesktopRecipe.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • DesktopRecipe64.exe - Desktop Recipe (DesktopRecipe)
  • DesktopRecipeService.exe - DesktopRecipe Service
  • uninstall.exe - Desktop Recipe Uninstall
  • DesktopRecipe.exe - DesktopRecipe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • DesktopRecipeService.exe runs as a service named 'DesktopRecipe' (DesktopRecipe).

How do I remove DesktopRecipe?

You can uninstall DesktopRecipe from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program DesktopRecipe, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove DesktopRecipe.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 10 79%
Win Vista 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 78.57%
Windows 7 19.64%
Windows Vista 1.79%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 50.00%
Windows 8.1 19.64%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.93%
Windows 7 Professional 7.14%
Windows 10 Pro 4.46%
Windows 8 2.68%

Distribution by countryGeography

81.60% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 81.60%
  United Kingdom 11.04%
  Australia 6.75%
  India 0.61%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 36.78%
Dell 19.54%
Acer 18.39%
Lenovo 10.34%
ASUS 5.75%
Toshiba 5.75%
Intel 1.15%
Samsung 1.15%
Medion 1.15%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.67%
Dell Latitude E5400 1.83%
Hewlett-Packard p2-1334 1.83%
Samsung 700Z3C/700Z5C 1.83%
TOSHIBA Satellite S55t-B 1.83%
HP Stream Notebook PC 13 1.83%


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