CleverCaptcha is known for introducing certain changes to your Chrome, Firefox or other browser and subjecting users to a ceaseless display of nagging ads. Hence, CleverCaptcha falls under the browser hijacker software category.
Browser hijackers are applications that initially look like regular add-ons for your browsers but once they get installed on your computer, you’d quickly realize that they are probably not something you’d want to have on your PC. A hijacker can place a new search engine tool, a new toolbar and a new homepage and new-tab page in your browser without asking for your approval. It can also redirect you to all kinds of weird and unknown web locations as well as spam your screen with different pop-ups, blinking boxes and other advertising materials that would likely make your browsing experience quite unpleasant and maybe even frustrating.
CleverCaptcha, for instance, is a browser hijacker app that has been recently released and currently its creators are seeking to get it installed onto as many PCs as possible as that would increase the revenue gained from the ads displayed by the hijacker. This is, in fact, what the main purpose of most apps like CleverCaptcha seems to be – to advertise things and to earn money through the ads.
Naturally, in order to get more money, hijackers tend to be rather aggressive in their advertising techniques. Their ads can really get on your nerves since they are likely to pop-up most of the time during your browsing sessions. Also, the changes to the browser have their purpose as well. The new search engine will likely show you sponsored results and results have been modified in order to push certain sites, pages and products as a way of advertising them. The new new-tab page and homepage are also a way of advertising a given page. All in all, hijackers like CleverCaptcha are multifunctional tools for generating revenue through web-advertising and since there’s usually little to nothing that the end-user could benefit from them, removing them is usually the best option.
The removal guide on this page and the anti-malware tool that we’ve included in it will help you get rid of CleverCaptcha. However, some of you might be wondering if it really is that necessary to remove the hijacker. Many users out there are in fact not overly bothered by the nagging ads, page redirects and browser changes and are thus able to put up with the hijacker’s presence.
If you are of the same opinion, then you need to know something. Browser hijackers are not viruses, they are not like ransomware or Trojan horse infections. However, they are not very safe either. The control over the ads and the pages you might get redirected to is oftentimes non-existent, meaning it’s possible some of those pop-ups, redirect links, banners and so on might originate from shady sources. Oftentimes, it only takes a few clicks for you to get your computer targeted by some nasty virus like spyware, rootkits, ransomware or a Trojan.
That is why it’s advisable you do not interact in any way with the advertising materials that CleverCaptcha or any other browser hijacker might try to put on your screen no matter how appealing and interesting the advertised offers might appear. In this line of thinking, the best way to stay away from the ads is to get rid of their source which brings us back to the importance of using the instructions from this page or the removal tool and remove the undesirable software piece.
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Remove CleverCaptcha Virus
To try and remove CleverCaptcha quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the CleverCaptcha extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove CleverCaptcha by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of CleverCaptcha and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed CleverCaptcha removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- 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.
Open IE, click
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to
Remove CleverCaptcha from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click
Remove CleverCaptcha from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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—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!