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How to uninstall apps force-opening the captchaverifier.top website?

Also Known As: captchaverifier.top pop-up
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is captchaverifier[.]top?

Captchaverifier[.]top is a rogue website sharing many similarities with captcha-bros.com, news-bobicu.cc, typiccor.com, financesurvey365.org, and countless others. This page is designed to load dubious content and/or redirect visitors to different sites (likely unreliable or malicious ones).

Users rarely intentionally access such webpages; most get redirected to them by untrustworthy websites, intrusive ads, or installed PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). This software can infiltrate systems without user permission and subsequently cause redirects, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, and collect browsing data.

captchaverifier[.]top pop-up redirects

Captchaverifier[.]top in detail

The behavior of rogue sites is dictated by their visitors' geolocations. The webpages learn their information by checking users' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. This applies to captchaverifier[.]top as well. Hence, whether visitors get redirected elsewhere and/or are presented with questionable content - depends on their geolocations.

Additionally, most websites of this kind use clickbait or other deceptive content - to trick visitors into enabling their browser notifications. Captchaverifier[.]top is not an exception to this; it employs fake CAPTCHA verification for this purpose. Should the notifications be allowed, captchaverifier[.]top will start running intrusive ad campaigns.

The delivered advertisements are misleading, untrustworthy, and may even be malicious. They promote various rogue, unreliable, and dangerous sites. Furthermore, some of these ads can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent - once they are clicked on.

How do potentially unwanted applications operate?

Potentially unwanted applications can have different heinous functionalities, and these functions can be varied combinations. For example, these apps can force-open websites and/or deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. What is more, PUAs usually have data tracking abilities.

Unwanted apps can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather vulnerable information inferred from it (IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, etc.). The gathered data is monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name captchaverifier.top pop-up
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Observed Domains g.captchaverifier[.]top; e.captchaverifier[.]top; b.captchaverifier[.]top; d.captchaverifier[.]top; a.captchaverifier[.]top
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.
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Potentially unwanted applications in general

PUAs appear legitimate and offer a broad range of "handy" features. However, the advertised functions are seldom operational. Unwanted apps only aim to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns, and collect private data.

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed alongside other products. This false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". These supplements can be hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings or left unmentioned entirely.

By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, using "Easy/Express" settings, skipping steps and sections, etc.), users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices, thereby endangering the systems with potential infections.

Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the adverts can execute scripts to download/install this software stealthily. Some PUAs may also have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research products before download/installation. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, unofficial and freeware websites, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

Should users encounter ads and/or redirects of this type, they must check their devices and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of an advertisement delivered by the captchaverifier[.]top website:

Ad delivered by captchaverifier[.]top site

Appearance of the captchaverifier[.]top website (GIF):

captchaverifier[.]top website appearance (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 and select "Settings"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and select "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disabling browser notifications in Google Chrome web browser (PC)

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and tap "Settings"
  • Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one
  • Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disabling browser notifications in Google Chrome web browser (Android)

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings" 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 and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disabling browser notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser (Android)

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
  • Click on "Cookies and 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)

Disabling browser notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser (PC)

Safari (Mac):

  • 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 using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disabling browser notifications in Safari web browser (Mac)

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

captchaverifier[.]top adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 captchaverifier[.]top 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:

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Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing captchaverifier[.]top  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing captchaverifier[.]top ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the captchaverifier.top pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing captchaverifier[.]top ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing captchaverifier[.]top ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with captchaverifier.top pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the captchaverifier.top pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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