How stop the captchagenius.top website from displaying notifications/ads
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of page is captchagenius[.]top?
Captchagenius[.]top is a rogue webpage that we discovered while investigating suspicious sites. It operates by promoting browser notification spam and redirecting visitors to different (likely unreliable/harmful) pages.
Users primarily enter captchagenius[.]top and similar webpages via redirects generated by websites using rogue advertising networks, spam notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
The behavior of rogue pages (i.e., what they host/promote) might be dictated by the visitor's IP address/ geolocation. When we investigated the captchagenius[.]top site, it ran a fake CAPTCHA verification test.
To elaborate, the page depicted a robot saying – "CLICK ALLOW TO CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT!". However, the "Allow" button enables captchagenius[.]top to display browser notifications instead of serving as any verification tool.
Rogue webpages use their notifications to run intrusive advert campaigns. These ads endorse various scams, untrustworthy/hazardous software, and malware. Therefore, through websites like captchagenius[.]top – users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by captchagenius.top|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||188.8.131.52|
|Observed Domains||e.captchagenius[.]top; c.captchagenius[.]top; a.captchagenius[.]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, false claims within visited websites, 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.
Browser notification spam in general
We have examined thousands of rogue pages; ilitonline[.]com, editortrip[.]com, mediatesupervis[.]com, and newsfeedhome[.]com are merely a few examples of our newest finds. These websites deliver browser notifications that predominantly promote deceptive and malicious content.
Keep in mind that while legitimate products or services may be encountered via these advertisements – they are unlikely to be endorsed by their actual developers. It is most probable that this promotion is undertaken by scammers who abuse the content's affiliate programs in order to obtain illegitimate commissions.
How did captchagenius[.]top gain permission to deliver spam notifications?
Websites need user consent to deliver browser notifications. Therefore, if you are receiving these advertisements from captchagenius[.]top – it means that when this page was visited, the "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option presented on it was selected.
How to prevent deceptive sites from delivering spam notifications?
To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications – do not permit suspicious sites to deliver them (i.e., do not press "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). Instead, ignore or deny notification delivery (i.e., select "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Should you keep experiencing continuous unprompted redirects to dubious websites – it could be caused by adware installed on the browser or system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshots of notifications/adverts displayed by the captchagenius[.]top website:
Appearance of the captchagenius[.]top website (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ads by captchagenius.top?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome:
Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".
In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "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).
Remove spam notifications from 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).
Remove spam notifications from 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).
Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):
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)
How to avoid browser notification spam?
Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.
Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by captchagenius[.]top in the right lower corner of my desktop?
You must have visited captchagenius[.]top at some point and clicked "Allow", "Allow Notifications", or a similar option displayed on this webpage – since websites cannot deliver browser notifications (advertisements) without permission.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
While clicking on a browser notification is harmless in itself, that does not apply to the content these advertisements promote. Spam notifications are known to push deceptive/malicious websites and software, which are capable of causing severe issues (including system infections).
Is captchagenius[.]top a virus?
Websites like captchagenius[.]top are not classified as viruses. However, these pages can endorse virulent content, e.g., online scams, unreliable/harmful software, malware, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove captchagenius[.]top ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and remove the permissions granted to the captchagenius[.]top website. Additionally, it can block all further access to this and other rogue/malicious sites. Therefore, no extra steps will be required.
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