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Captcha State belongs to the software application class of browser hijackers. As such, Captcha State is a tool for generating and displaying online ads directly in your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other popular web browser.
Captcha State can do this by means of integrating special ad-generating components in the browsing program. And as a result, your browser will begin to spew immense quantities of popup windows, banners, box messages, links and various other colorful and obnoxious advertising messages. Another means of advertising also has to do with forcibly rerouting your page while you’re browsing the web and sending you to a specific, predetermined web location, which is known as a page redirect. This is browser hijacker trait is almost as common as it is annoying and can be quite frustrating for users.
Hijackers like CaptchaState also have a tendency to meddle with other settings of the infected browser, which becomes apparent in its interface. For instance, CaptchaState may change the browser homepage and may even replace the default search engine with a new one. Furthermore, you may notice new elements in the browser’s interface, most commonly a new toolbar.
But what’s remarkable about this type of software is that once it embeds itself in your system, it will be dominating in your browser and you will have little say in the way it looks or behaves. You can see for yourself if you try and alter the settings changed by Captcha State. As soon as you restart your web browsing program, any changes you made will be overrun by the hijacker and you will once again be faced with its search engine, its homepage, etc. Therefore, the only possible way you will be able to reclaim your favorite Chrome, Firefox or other browser from the clutches of Captcha State is if you remove the hijacker in question from your system.
This may prove to be a little trickier than simply locating the ‘Uninstall’ button, because in most cases with these types of applications – there isn’t one. The developers have little interest in you deleting their software from your computer, so they try and make this as difficult for you as possible.
But we have figured out how to quickly, easily and, most importantly, completely uninstall Captcha State from your computer. And we will share with you how to do this in the free removal guide you’ll find just below this article.
Keep in mind that removing this browser hijacker isn’t only a matter of preserving your nervous system and saving yourself the time you’d be wasting on closing various banners and other ads. It just so happens that programs of this kind may potentially expose your system to external threats such as rootkits, Trojans, spyware and ransomware viruses due to the many web locations they can send you to. You could at some point land on a site or page that’s been compromised by hackers and may have been turned into a distribution hub for viruses. Hence, removing Captcha State from your system will also be beneficial for its overall security.
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Remove Captcha State Link Virus
In order to remove the potentially unwanted software from your computer, it is necessary for you to delete all the files and configurations that are linked to the hijacker. Here are the steps you need to take in brief:
- To get started, delete any apps that might have been responsible for installing the hijacker on your computer.
- Use the Task Manager to look for undesirable or malicious processes, and if you discover any, end them.
- Search the Startup items list and the Registry for any entries that have been added there, and delete them if you find any.
- Once you have eliminated all traces of Captcha State from the locations above, the last step is to check each of your browsers.
If you need a more in-depth explanation of each step, please read the instruction below and let us know if you have any questions or concerns in the comments at the end of this post.
Accessing this removal guide is easier to do on a mobile device or on a different computer, since this will allow you to follow the instructions and then restart your primary computer if and when necessary. The Captcha State removal instructions may also be bookmarked in your browser, providing you with a convenient and easy-to-access resource for when you need it.
In order to proceed with the removal of Captcha State itself, please restart your computer in Safe Mode.
Next, access the Control Panel by going to the Windows Search field, typing “Control Panel”, and then selecting “Uninstall a Program” from the section labeled “Programs and Features.”
Take a look at all the applications that were installed recently, and look for any of them that seem to be related with Captcha State. Select Uninstall from the context menu that appears after you right-click on the application that you want to get rid of. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to completely delete all traces of the program, ensuring that no files, configurations, or other information are left behind on your machine.
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The next step is to return to the Windows search field and search for the Task Manager in there. Launch Task Manager, and after that, go to the Processes tab to find out what’s going on your system. Search for Captcha State or another process that you suspect is related with the hijacker, then right-click on it and select the Open File Location option.
Scan each file in the process’s File Location Folder to determine whether or not it contains potentially harmful code and whether or not it is connected to the software that you want to uninstall. You will find a link to a free online scanning tool further down that you may use for this purpose.
In the event that a threat has been identified, you should immediately return to the process in question and right-click on it, then select End Process.
Back in the Windows search bar, enter msconfig, then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
Go to the Startup tab of the System Configuration window and uncheck any unusual, suspicious-looking, or unknown manufacturer items that you think are related to Captcha State. When you are ready, click OK to save your changes.
Use the Win Key and R key combination and carefully copy the following line in the Run dialog box that appears on your screen:
After you have clicked Ok, you should be able to view the Hosts file in Notepad.
Look for any unusual IP addresses that are added under “Localhost” in the text and post them to the comments area below this post, so we can check into them. If we confirm that they are dangerous, you will receive a reply by our team and will be asked to remove them.
If your Hosts file does not contain anything unusual, you may just close it without making any changes and proceed with the following instructions:
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field, open it and then follow the instructions below:
- Select Properties from the context menu that appears after right-clicking on the Network Adapter that you are currently using.
- After that, use the cursor to select Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), and then click on the Properties button that’s located at the bottom of the new window.
- Next, toggle the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option and then click on the Advanced button.
- In the new window’s DNS tab, eliminate anything that looks suspiciously like a rogue DNS and then click the OK button.
Before continuing, you need to clear your browsers of any traces of Captcha State that might have been added there. To do this, right-click the browser’s shortcut icon, and then select Properties from the menu that appears.
After that, choose the Shortcut tab. In the Target text box, remove anything that comes after “.exe” and then click the OK button.
When you are finished, you should click the “OK” button.
After that, launch your web browser, go to the main menu button, and then click on More Tools/Add-ons. Once you’ve located and opened the Extensions tab, look for anything odd in the Extensions/Add-ons area, such as items related with Captcha State or other unfamiliar extensions. If you find an extension that you want to remove, make sure that each of them is disabled before you go ahead and remove them.
At this point, go to the Settings (or Options) menu of your browser and choose Privacy/Privacy and Security. The next thing you need to do is choose the option to Clear browsing data or Clear data. Be aware that clearing your data may require you to log in again to the websites that you are currently logged into, so double check that you know all of your passwords.
In the last step, you need to go once again to the Windows search bar, type Regedit and then click the Enter key on your keyboard. Your computer’s Registry Editor will open when you click this button. You will need to be logged in as the administrator of your computer in order to access the regedit.exe program.
Next, press the Control key and the F key simultaneously to open the Find box, and then type the name of the hijacker in it. To search for entries with the same name in the registry, choose Find Next. Remove the items that appear in the search results until there are no more results for Captcha State. If no results are shown in this way, you will need to manually remove them from the following places in the left panel of the Registry Editor:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Look for folders with names that are unusual, and search through their subfolders as well (keys). Do not make any changes to the registry unless you are absolutely certain that the entries you are going to remove are directly related to the browser hijacker that you want to get rid of. If you want assistance, please use either the powerful Captcha State-removal application listed on this page or the free online virus scanner accessible through the URL.