Index for Captchas
Index for Captchas is often seen as a highly irritating piece of software that fall into the browser hijacker category. As such, Index for Captchas can integrate with most popular web browsers and modify their settings.
If you have a software application called Index for Captchas on your computer, then it wouldn’t be surprising if you are experiencing advertising interruptions inside your browser during the time you are surfing the Internet. After all, the main goal of most apps like Index for Captchas is to make revenue through different forms of Internet advertising and marketing.
The problem is that the way they achieve this could, and usually is, quite aggressive and unpleasant to the end user. For example, if your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or another browsing program on your computer gets Index for Captchas attached to it, it’s search engine is likely to get replaced with some unknown one and the same would probably happen to its homepage and new-tab page URLs. In addition to this, the invasive software may start to redirect your searches and initiate automatic page redirects to different web locations without you having clicked on anything that should normally trigger such a redirect.
Nagging ads, invasive pop-ups and pesky screen-wide banners and new-tabs may also disrupt your use of the browser. And of course, this is all done for the sake of higher profits from the various forms of ads that such software pieces subject their customers to. Usually, the term “browser hijacker” is used to refer to this form of software and though it may sound scary and make some users think of these apps as scary ransomware or Trojan horse viruses, the truth is that there is much less danger in having a hijacker in your computer than it is in actually getting your system infected by some actual virus program.
Nonetheless, it is still unpleasant to find your browser infiltrated and modified by a hijacker app like Rediroff.ru, Wave browser which is why we believe that the best way to handle this situation is to uninstall the unwanted browser component and remove any changes it may have made to the browser.
There may still be certain dangers!
Despite not being a virus or something similar to ransomware or a spyware infection, apps the likes of Index for Captchas are usually not to be trusted. Their main goal is to present you with as many ads as possible and in order to achieve it, they may actually generate and show on your screen some rather unreliable online offers, links, pop-ups and banners. In many cases, you may see advertising messages in your browser that only seem to represent some interesting offers, while in reality are redirects to sketchy and unreliable pages.
Though somewhat unlikely, it’s even possible that you may end up visiting a site that has ransomware, worms, rootkits and Trojans hidden in it if you are not careful and interact with the wrong piece of advertisement generated by a hijacker. And since you certainly do not want any of that to happen, we strongly recommend that you take the necessary actions and rid your system of the invasive hijacker so that the risk of landing on some hazardous web address would be decreased. If you have any questions regarding Index for Captchas and its removal that have been left unanswered by this article and the guide added to it, you can always ask in the comments section under this post.
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Remove Index for Captchas
As many users have found out the hard way, Index for Captchas is notoriously difficult to get rid of. However, if you’re willing to give the quick instructions listed below a go, they may be able to assist you swiftly remove the potentially unwanted program.
There are a few things to keep in mind while dealing with a browser hijacker:
- You need to go to the main menu of the browser, and then click on More Tools (or Add-ons).
- Search for Index for Captchas or other unknown extensions in the Extensions tab/sub menu.
- Click on the Remove/Trash bin option to remove anything you believe is causing your browsing issues.
- Afterwards, see whether the affected browser acts in the same way.
In order to get rid of Index for Captchas from Internet Explorer, follow these steps:
Open Internet Explorer, and click on the gear icon top right. Then, click Manage Add-ons from the drop-down menu.
Add-ons may then be disabled by looking in the add-ons list for any entries that could be associated with Index for Captchas.
Click the gear icon again to return to the main menu and open the Internet Options window.
Check to see whether the homepage address has been changed, and if it has, update the URL to an address you can trust and click > Apply to save your changes.
To remove Index for Captchas from Firefox, click on the three line icon top right, then select Add-ons > Extensions.
Disable and remove any extensions that you believe are associated with Index for Captchas.
If this doesn’t work, and Index for Captchas is still covering your screen with annoying pop-ups, banners, and alerts, please follow the removal instructions for Index for Captchas below for a more detailed explanation of the steps.
The first thing you should do is restart your computer in Safe Mode (click this link for instructions on that). This Index for Captchas removal guide may be accessed at any time by bookmarking this page in your browser or opening the page on another device while you are following the instructions.
After you restart your computer in Safe Mode, enter appwiz.cpl in the Windows search bar and open the Control Panel app.
Take a look at the programs list to see if anything unusual has been installed there. Uninstall any suspicious or potentially unwanted software you find on your computer if you suspect it has anything to do with your hijacking problems.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
If you’re having trouble getting rid of an application from the Control Panel, it’s possible that certain background processes are interfering with its removal. That’s why, in the second step, you need to start the Windows Task Manager by pressing CTRL, SHIFT, and ESC at the same time and then open the Processes tab.
Right-click on the process that looks suspicious, and select Open File Location. Run all the files associated with that process through the sophisticated online virus scanning tool below to see whether they are indeed part of your hijacking problem.
Make sure to end the process and remove any potentially harmful files that have been found after the scan.
Browser hijackers frequently add startup items to the system so that they can start their activity as soon as the computer is turned on. To check for such items, enter msconfig in the Start menu search field and select System Configuration>Startup:
If you detect anything related to Index for Captchas and to prevent it from running, uncheck the boxes next to any of these items in the Startup Items list and click OK.
Additionally, you should check the Hosts file for suspicious-looking IP addresses. To do that, use the WinKey and R key combination and open a Run box. Next, paste the line below in the run box and click OK:
Check for suspicious IP addresses under Localhost (as seen in the sample screenshot above) and let us know if you detect anything.
Next, open the Start menu and search for Network Connections.
Right-click on the Network Adapter you’re using to bring up its Properties, then open it.
In the Properties window, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP).
Choose Obtain DNS server address automatically if it isn’t already chosen and click on Advanced.
Delete any rogue DNS in the DNS tab and click OK when you are done.
If the instructions at the beginning of this article fail to remove Index for Captchas from your browser, here are some more sophisticated instructions that you may try.
Right-click on the hijacked browser shortcut icon. After that, go to the Properties option.
Select Shortcut in the Properties window. After that, go to Target and remove anything after .exe as explained on the image.
Many browser hijackers may create registry entries in order to guarantee that they stay on the system for as long as they possibly can. Therefore, if you want to completely remove Index for Captchas, open the Registry Editor (type Regedit in the Windows search bar and press Enter) and look for hijacker-related remnants in the registry.
To begin a registry search, click CTRL and F, type the hijacker’s name into the Find box, and then hit Enter.
To be safe, don’t delete anything that you are unsure about. Instead, use a professional removal tool or a powerful scanner like the free online scanner available here and remove only the entries that are detected as dangerous.
The following registry locations may also be manually searched from the left panel:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random.
Search for unusually named files and make sure they aren’t left on the computer. Also, please feel free to write to us in the comments section below if you have any questions or difficulties with the manual guide. We’d love to assist you in any way we can.