Good Captcha Style Virus

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Good Captcha Style

Good Captcha Style is a software tool used by online marketers as a means of generating Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View revenue. Good Captcha Style secretly attaches itself to the browser, changes the URL of the homepage and/or the default search engine, and begins triggering sudden page-redirects.

Good Captcha Style
The virus will display pop up ads and messages


The main reasons why you might want to do that is because it is likely that GoodCaptchaStyle has put a new search engine tool and homepage in your browser and because it is likely triggering unpleasant page redirects and ads generation each time you attempt to browse the Internet using any of your browsers. Typically, the majority of browsing programs like Chrome, Firefox and Opera can be affected by the activities of an app like GoodCaptchaStyle so it really doesn’t matter what browser you are using.

Also, know that though it is not a virus, uninstalling from your PC and computer is likely not going to be as simple as uninstalling a regular program or browser extension. Apps like (better known as browser hijackers) are usually somewhat tricky to remove as they tend to come back if the user hasn’t managed to properly get rid of all the data on the PC that might be related to them.

The good news here is that we can help you take care of hijackers like this one by showing you our removal guide that has all the information you might need in order to successfully eliminate the pesky software piece from your computer system. The said guide contains a set of instructions arranged into several steps that anyone could execute which should result in the full removal of Good Captcha Style.

If, however, you feel like your level of tech-savviness is not going to be enough for you to accurately complete the guide, worry not as there’s also the automatic method of removing the hijacker which includes using a quality software tool like the one that we have added to the guide. So, if you don’t feel confident enough to follow the steps in the guide, you can always resort to the removal program.

The importance of cleaning your PC of Good Captcha Style

Although the sheer annoyance and intrusiveness caused by the browser changes and the constant ads and page redirects is enough for most users to want to remove the culprit behind these unpleasant activities, some of you might be able to ignore and put up with the effects of Good Captcha Style in their browsers and might not necessarily see the need for removing the hijacker. This is where we ought to tell you that there’s another very important reason why hijackers should normally not be allowed to stay on any computer.

This reason has to do with your PC safety and security and the fact that the presence of a software element like Good Captcha Style, iStart Search Bar, on it might compromise them. We aren’t saying that hijackers like this one are viruses – they aren’t. However, because of their oftentimes uncontrolled or loosely controlled advertising campaigns, it is possible that a lot of their banners, pup-ups, redirects and otherwise advertising materials might be unsafe for the user’s machine. It is even possible for you to have your machine attacked by some scary infection like a Trojan horse virus or a nefarious ransomware program if you happen to click on some sketchy advert or interact with the contents of some unreliable page that a hijacker has redirected you to. So, remember that it’s pretty much always better to get rid of any hijacker that might be residing in your system.


NameGood Captcha Style
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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Remove Good Captcha Style Virus

Good Captcha Style may be difficult to uninstall for first-time browser hijacker victims. However, below we have some tested steps that can help you deal with the annoying program and save you a lot of time and effort, that have worked for others:

  • To get rid of the hijacker, open the browser that was infected in the first place.
  • Then, open the main menu (usually seen in the top right corner for most browsers) and select More Tools (or Add-ons) from the drop-down list.
  • Next, open Extensions to see whether there are any extensions that are interfering with your browser experience.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove Good Captcha Style and any other unwanted browser extensions that you detect by clicking on the Remove/Trash bin icon.

Good Captcha Style should not be present in your new browsing session once you have removed everything suspicious or potentially unwanted. However, if the hijacker-related problem persists after removing the potentially unwanted browser extensions, we recommend you follow our detailed removal guide below.


First, restart your computer in Safe Mode by following the instructions at this link. Before you do that, however, be sure to bookmark this page with the instructions for removing Good Captcha Style from your computer in your browser. This will help you easily load it when the computer reboots and continue with the rest of the steps from the guide.

After you enter in Safe Mode, use the WinKey and R key combination from the keyboard to open a Run box on the screen. In it, type appwiz.cpl and click OK.


Next, take a look at the applications installed on your computer. Sort the recently installed software by date of installation to see if any of them are linked to or responsible for the Good Captcha Style browser hijacker.

Uninstall the program that you believe has been linked to the problem that you’re experiencing. To do that, select it, click Uninstall at the top, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the removal. Once you’re finished, just close the Control Panel window.

Next, type msconfig into the Windows search bar and press Enter to launch System Configuration. If you see anything strange in the Startup tab, uncheck the Startup items that you suspect are connected to the hijacker. Click OK to save your changes and close the window.



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By pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL keys simultaneously, open the Windows Task Manager and select Processes from the tabs at the top.

If you suspect a hijacker-related process is running in the list, right-click on it and choose Open File Location from the quick menu.


In the scanner below, drag and drop the files associated with the suspicious process and inspect them for harmful code:

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    If a threat is discovered, the process should be ended and any files flagged as potentially hazardous should be deleted. To end a process, right-click on it and choose the End Process option. To delete the dangerous files, go to their file location and manually delete them.


    In the third step, press WinKey and R to open a new Run window and  copy/paste the following line in it:

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

    Click the Ok button and this will open a Notepad file called Hosts. Please let us know if you see anything strange under Localhost in your file, as seen in the screenshot below. If there is nothing disturbing, just exit the Hosts file without making any changes and proceed to the next instructions. If you see some virus-creator IP addresses, however, please leave us a message in the comments below this article, and we will do our best to help you.

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    A browser hijacker program, like Good Captcha Style, may change your computer’s DNS configuration. That’s why in this step, we will show you how to check your system for any DNS changes by searching for Network Connections in the Start menu search bar and then following these steps:

    1. Once in Network Connections, right-click on the Network Adapter currently in use, then select Properties from the quick menu.
    2. In the new window, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) with the cursor and then click on the Properties button at the bottom.
    3. Next, Click on the Obtain DNS server automatically option and then on the Advanced button.
    4. Check the DNS tab to see if any rogue DNS has been added and delete anything that seems suspicious.

    • If you still see Good Captcha Style on your browsers, follow these instructions to get rid of any browser-hijacker components and settings that might have been imposed to them without your knowledge.

    Start by right-clicking on the shortcut icon of the browser that is acting strange. From the quick menu, choose Properties.

    In the Properties window, open the Shortcut tab from the tabs at the top.

    Carefully delete anything after .exe in the Target section, just as shown in the image below:

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    Afterwards, go to the main menu of the hijacked browser and choose Manage Add-ons/More Tools>>Extensions.

    Good Captcha Style and its associated extensions need to be removed from the browser.

    Don’t forget to also remove any sponsored URLs that have been added to the browser’s homepage (in the Settings section of the main menu).

    You can apply these instructions for all browsers that have been installed on your PC, regardless of how often you use them. In fact, we recommend that you check all your browsers (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) for Good Captcha Style-related components and changes and remove anything that appears to be potentially unwanted.


    As a final step, you need to make sure that Good Captcha Style hasn’t added any new entries to your Registry, because if it has, you will have to remove them. To check that, enter Regedit in the Windows search bar and press Enter.

    Next, when the Registry Editor opens on the screen, press and hold CTRL and F at the same time and carefully type the hijacker’s name into the Find box that opens on the screen. Click on Find Next to search the registry for Good Captcha Style-related entries and get rid of anything you think is connected to the hijacker.

    Manually searching the following directories for hijacker-related items is also an option:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    Attention! Don’t mess with the registry if you’re not sure whether a file or a folder should be deleted. Instead, check your system and any suspicious files using a professional removal tool, such as the one on this website, or a free online virus scanner.


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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