What is reverscaptcha[.]com?
Reverscaptcha[.]com is quite similar to 1video-online[.]me, lootynews[.]com, romanticdating-day[.]com and a great number of other websites designed to promote a variety of untrustworthy pages and load deceptive content. Typically, pages like reverscaptcha[.]com are promoted through potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), shady advertisements, and other untrustworthy pages.
Reverscaptcha[.]com in detail
Usually, pages like reverscaptcha[.]com are designed to promote questionable pages. It is common that they open sites asking to provide personal information (e.g., names, surnames, credit card details, passwords), encouraging to download or install adware, browser hijackers (or other potentially unwanted applications), and so on.
A couple of examples of pages that sites like reverscaptcha[.]com usually promote are "Access To This Pc Has Been Blocked For Security Reasons", "SPIN FOR REWARD", "Google Membership Rewards".
It is known that reverscaptcha[.]com asks for permission to show its notifications. It is important to mention that websites of this type usually use some clickbait technique to trick visitors into allowing them to show notifications (into clicking the "Allow" button). This page displays a fake CATPCHA test encouraging to click the "Allow" button to prove that visitors are not robots.
It is recommended not to agree to receive notifications from reverscaptcha[.]com or any other similar website. The main reason why their notifications cannot be trusted is that they contain links to potentially malicious pages, questionable advertisements, etc.
As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, one of the ways to promote sites like reverscaptcha[.]com is to trick users into downloading and installing potentially unwanted applications. Apps of this kind can be designed to collect various data and generate advertisements.
Most PUAs target IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, visited pages, and other browsing-related data. There are PUAs that can read personal (sensitive) information as well.
Another issue is that collected details could be used for marketing purposes, steal identities, sell to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), or monetized in other ways.
Examples of advertisements that PUAs can generate are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. It is common for those ads to be designed to open questionable pages or execute certain scripts and then download or even install unwanted apps.
|Name||Ads by reverscaptcha.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Potentially unwanted applications and pages like reverscaptcha[.]com in general
In conclusion, users rarely visit pages like reverscaptcha[.]com or download and install PUAs on purpose. It is worth mentioning that PUAs often are advertised as legitimate applications.
However, most PUAs or websites promoted through them are trustworthy, legitimate, useful, etc. Usually, their main purpose is to promote other questionable pages, display shady ads or generate revenue for their developers in other ways.
How did adware install on my computer?
Pretty often, potentially unwanted applications can be found in downloaders, installers for other programs as additional, optional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling".
Usually, those downloaders, installers have ticked checkboxes or "Manual", "Advanced", "Custom" (or other) settings, options. Users can use their settings to deselect unwanted applications/decline unwanted offers.
When users download or install programs without changing the aforementioned settings, they agree to download or install offered applications as well. It is worth mentioning that PUAs are offered in downloaders, installers for free programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advisable to use official and trustworthy websites (and direct links) to download applications, files. Other sources like third-party downloaders (and installers), unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (for example, torrent clients, eMule), can be used to distribute potentially unwanted or even malicious applications.
Downloaders and installers that have optional offers should be inspected. Usually, they have "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, or some checkboxes that can be used to decline unwanted offers.
Additionally, it is recommended not to trust advertisements that appear on questionable websites. Pretty often, those ads are used to advertise untrustworthy websites or distribute unwanted applications.
Any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of reverscaptcha[.]com website (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
- Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is reverscaptcha[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes reverscaptcha[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to eliminate ads delivered by reverscaptcha[.]com using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by reverscaptcha.com, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by reverscaptcha.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by reverscaptcha.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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