The Reverse Captcha virus is a form of browser hijacker software that targets Chrome users. If you’ve been infected with it already, you may be wondering what the abilities of this app may be.
However, although at first this may seem harmless to you, we do not advise you to let Reverse Captcha stay much longer on your computer. Don’t get us wrong – a browser hijacker cannot harm the system seriously, and cannot do what Ransomware, Viruses, or other threats can.
The Reverse Captcha Virus on Chrome
At its worst, the Reverse Captcha virus may make your Chrome or other browser spam your screen with ads, pop-ups, and banners, and it may cause changes in the homepage, and the default search engine with the idea to constantly redirect you to various sponsored sites. This may be irritating, but it is not a direct threat to your system. However, there are several red flags about programs like the Reverse Captcha virus that can give you good reasons to remove them.
In reality, programs like Reverse Captcha have been created to promote certain products, and offers via automatic redirects, and through the generation of aggressive ads. This can be achieved through the installation of special ad-generating components inside the main browser, or through the integration of a sponsored search engine, and homepage, which can replace the default URL.
Fortunately, on this page, we will show you how to uninstall the imposed browser changes, and how to stop the browser hijacker from disturbing you. For that, we have created a very simple, user-friendly guide, with step-by-step instructions that can walk you through the removal process.
If not removed, the main Reverse Captcha would distribute advertisements in different shapes and sizes, placing them on each browser page and tab. These could be pop-ups, banners, random hyperlinks, site redirects like ReversCaptcha, Captcha Reverse. All this can be really distracting, and can make navigating the web a nightmare. The ultimate point of the ads disturbance, however, is money. The creators of the browser hijacker make money every time you click on one of the displayed advertisements thanks to methods such as pay-per-click. To gain more clicks from you, they need to optimize the ads in order to gain your attention. And how can they do that? By setting the hijacker to monitor your browsing preference. Once collected, your browsing data is analyzed, and used to create content that is (supposedly) more appealing to you. And once everything has been finished, the developers can easily sell the collected information to someone else, which is often done for extra income.
Another issue with programs such as Reverse Captcha is that most of the advertisements that they show on your monitor may not be what they appear to be. For instance, after you click on them, you may get redirected to unrealistic offers, or sites which may hide viruses, ransomware, Trojans, and other malware. This is the reason why we suggest you avoid the intrusive ads until you carefully uninstall the hijacker from your computer.
Of course, certain cyber security measures should be taken to ensure maximum security when browsing the web. First and foremost, you will need a reliable antivirus program that should be on at all times, and that should run frequent virus scans in your system. It would also be best to avoid dubious websites, spam, and free downloads, as they may sometimes contain unwanted software.
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Remove Reverse Captcha Virus
To remove Reverse Captcha from your computer, you must check each browser on your computer for components/add-ons that may be the cause of the problem and delete them.
- Start with the main browser on your computer – open it and go to its Add-ons/Extensions section.
- Look at the listed items, seek ones that you haven’t personally added to the browser as well as ones you don’t recognize or that look suspicious in other ways.
- Delete anything that you think shouldn’t be there to remove Reverse Captcha from the browser.
- Remember to repeat steps 1 to 3 for any other browsers in the system.
If the hijacker is persistent and keep bothering you, this probably means it has made changes elsewhere in the system that must also be taken care of before you could finally get rid of the unwanted program. Instructions on how to do that will be shown to you down below.
It may be helpful if you save this page in your browser by bookmarking it because the next steps will require several system restarts and if the page is bookmarked, you’d have an easier time coming back to it once the system starts again.
From the Start Menu, select Control Panel and then Uninstall a Program. Then search the list for items that may have brought the hijacker in your computer and if you find anything suspicious, uninstall it. To uninstall a program from that list, simply click on it, select the Uninstall option at the top of the list, and follow the steps from the uninstallation wizard. Just make sure that you don’t allow anything from the potentially unwanted program to remain on your computer.
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Type Task Manager in the Start Menu search field and open the Task Manager tool. Then look at the listed items in its Processes tab, looking for ones that are using a lot of resources (memory and CPU) while also having a suspcious or unfamiliar name.
If such a process is shown in the list, see what results you can find about it on the Internet and if there’s information on reputable sites that says the process may be malicious/unwanted, right-click on the name of that process in the Task Manager, go to the File Location folder, and scan the files you see there for malware code. For that, you can use the malware scanner available below – the tool is free to use and can be used directly from the browser by dragging the files to it.
If our scanner finds malware in the files from the location folder, you must quit the process they are related to by right-clicking on it again, and selecting the End Process option.
Afterwards, you must delete the file location folder. If that’s not possible at the moment, delete the files that are in it, leaving the ones that you aren’t allowed to delete as they are for now. Later, once the other steps have been performed, make another attempt to delete the file-location folder and tell us if you are still unable to do it.
Note: If you are convinced the suspicious process is related to the hijacker, quit it and delete its folder even if none of the files in that folder get flagged as malware.
Restart the computer, putting it into Safe Mode – this will stop hijacker processes that you didn’t disable earlier from obstructing you while completing the remaining removal steps.
Copy this: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts, then press Winkey and R and paste the copied line in the Run search box. Then press Enter and a notepad file named Hosts should show up on your screen. You must see what’s written at the bottom of the text. Normally, the last thing written should be “Localhost” – if there are any lines below it, especially if there are some IP addresses, you must copy everything below “Localhost” and send it to us in the comments. We will look at your comment and tell you if the lines of text/the IP addresses you’ve sent us are from the hijacker. If they are, you will have to delete them from the Hosts file and then click on File > Save to save the changes made to the file.
Go to Run again, type msconfig, click OK, and then check the items in the Startup section in System Configuration. Any items shown there that look suspicious or unfamiliar must be unchecked, after which you should click OK to save the changes you’ve just made.
Next, type ncpa.cpl in Run, select OK, and when the Network Connections window opens, right-click on the network that you are currently connected to. Go to Properties from the menu, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list, and select the next Properties button.
Next, make sure that both the Obtain an IP address automatically and the Obtain DNS server address automatically options are checked/selected, and then go to Advanced. In there, click on DNS from the top and see if there are any IP addresses shown in the list. If there are, delete them and click OK on the current window and on all other open windows.
Before you proceed, be warned that the only items you should delete from the Registry during this step must be ones that you are certain are from the hijacker or else you may cause damage to your system. In case of uncertainty, it is advisable that you consult our team by asking for our help through the comments section.
You can start the Registry Editor by going to the Run window, typing regedit, and clicking OK. If your permission is required to start the program, click on Yes.
In the Registry Editor, open its search box by pressing together Ctrl and F, and then type the hijacker name in the box and initiate the search. The search will only show you the first found item – you must delete that item and search again to find out if there are more items related to Reverse Captcha and to delete them as well.
Once you’ve made sure that all items related to Reverse Captcha are deleted, find the following three folders in the left panel of the Registry Editor program.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
Search each folder for sub-folders with long and odd-looking names that seem out of place among the other sub-folders. For example, a sub-folder with a long name consisting of randomly arranged numbers and letters should probably be deleted. However, we once again advise you to first ask us about anything like that through the comments.
For this final step, you should check each browser on your computer one more time to make sure everything is okay.
For starters, right-click the icon of your main browser, open the Properties window, go to Shortcut, and make sure that there’s nothing written after “.exe” in the “Target” field. If anything is written after it, it should be deleted.
Next, launch that browser, click on the icon of its menu (usually it’s in either the top left or the top-right corner of the screen) and select the Extensions or the Add-ons option. If you are trying to clean Chrome, go to More Tools from the menu and there you will see the Extensions option which you must click.
You already know what to do next – check the extensions page for unusual, suspicious, unfamiliar, or potentially unwanted items and delete anything that fits this description.
The next thing you must do is visit the Settings (or Options) page from the browser’s menu.
On the Settings page, you must go to Privacy and Security (or anything similar) and then find and select a button labelled Clear Browsing Data/Clear Data (in Microsoft Edge, that option is labelled Choose what to clear).
Check the boxes in the pop-up window and only leave the Passwords one unchecked. Then launch the command and wait for the data’s deletion without quitting the browser before it’s over.
What to do if Reverse Captcha is still on the PC
In case you are still experiencing problems with Reverse Captcha, our best recommendation is to use the powerful anti-malware tool that’s available on this page to clean your computer from anything related to the hijacker that’s still in the system as well as any other undesirable data which may be hiding on your computer. Note that if the hijacker has managed to stay on the PC even after you’ve completed the guide, there’s a chance that another unwanted or even dangerous program (such as a Trojan Horse) may be in the system, secretly keeping the hijacker active. Therefore, we advise you to use the help of a specialized anti-malware tool to clean the computer from any unwanted and rogue data and software.