Captchareverse Virus


Captchareverse is a malware attachment that can be installed in different browsers with the aim to redirect the searches of their users to sites that it is programmed to promote. Captchareverse is known for making browser changes that facilitate its redirecting activities.


The Captchareverse virus

The presence of the annoying Captchareverse app in your browser won’t directly harm the computer but it will make your browsing difficult due to the frequent page-redirects and pop-ups on your screen. In addition, you are likely to find that your browser’s starting page address has been replaced and now every time the site you want to have as your homepage isn’t there. Also, the default search engine that handles your online searches may now be different and the new one may not present you with the most relevant results – instead, it might be showing you search results of sites that it tries to promote. The hijackers like Captchareverse and Captcha Reverse aren’t pretentious travelers and you can get them installed inside pretty much any commonly used browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge are, understandably, the browsers that get hijackers inside them the most frequently because they are the ones used by the biggest number of people. If you have Captchareverse inside your main browser, don’t bother switching to a new browsing program – this is only half a solution and the chances are that the unwanted hijacker app would invade your new main browser as well. A much better way to end all the irritating activities of the Captchareverse app is to uninstall it. However, to achieve a full uninstallation of the hijacker you will likely need some assistance. These apps are oftentimes tricky to effectively eliminate as they tend to p make changes in the system and install helper components that allows them to return to your browser even after you may have temporarily removed them from it. No need to worry, though – the guide you will find below has all the info you may need in order to ensure Captchareverse will no longer bother you. Just go there and follow the presented steps after you finish reading this article.

The Captchareverse virus

Unlike Ransomware, Worms, or Trojans, the Captchareverse virus don’t normally cause damage to the system or carry out any other malicious activities. However, the Captchareverse virus advertising usually cannot be controlled by the user in any way and this means that you may land on some shady page or a phishing site if an advert that gets shown on your screen is misleading and you get tricked into interacting with it.

The hijackers aren’t designed to endanger your computer per se, but this could still be a by-product of their overly aggressive advertising activities. And, needless to say, hazards like Trojans and Ransomware are out there waiting for someone like you to click on the wrong link or ad. That is why the safest solution would be to take care of the hijacker by uninstalling it and by removing its changes from your browser.


Name Captchareverse
Type  Browser Hijacker
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Remove Captchareverse Virus

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


    To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

    If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Captchareverse from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Captchareverse from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Captchareverse from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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