Pop-up Removal Guide

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The fake website asks visitors to verify that they are humans while posing as a captcha authentication service. the fictitious human verification procedure that con artists use to trick people into allowing push notification access. This can be done by making a fake verification website or pop-up that appears to be a human verification, like CAPTCHA or reCAPTCHA. In order to simulate a real human verification, the fraudster may ask the user to take actions like responding to queries, clicking buttons, pressing links, etc. However, obtaining push notification privileges is the main objective of this hypothetical human verification. Con artists can use push notifications to show advertising, phishing sites, or other harmful content on your device once you agree to them.

Here is a screenshot of the website:

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How did I get infected with?

A browser hijacker like Captcha Today can infect a user’s computer in a number of ways:

  • On occasion, shareware, freeware, or other online-downloadable programs contain browser malware.
  • downloading files or programs that are malicious. Visits to websites that contain malicious code, such as those that offer pirated material, can also lead to the installation of browser hijackers.
  • impulsive uploads When a user views an infected website, a browser hijacker is automatically downloaded and installed without the user’s awareness or consent.
  • Phishing emails: Scammers may send emails that look like they are coming from a reliable source but actually contain a link or file that, when activated, infects the user’s device with a browser virus.

Why is having dangerous?

When is installed on a device, unwanted and possibly intrusive pop-up ads, banner ads, and other advertisements may appear, slowing down the device and obstructing browsing. Along with displaying phishing sites, the browser hijacker can be used to steal personal and financial data. Then, this information might be nefariously applied to crimes like financial deception or identity theft. Additionally, the hijacker of the browser may disseminate malware in the form of viruses, Trojans, or other dangers that could harm the device or steal confidential data. Furthermore, without the user’s knowledge or permission, the browser hijacker may collect and share personal and browsing data with third parties, endangering their privacy. should be removed in order to guard against these security risks.

How to Remove virus

The infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.

If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

STEP 1: Track down in the computer memory

STEP 2: Locate startup location

STEP 3: Delete traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

STEP 4: Undo the damage done by the virus

STEP 1: Track down in the computer memory

  • Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.


  • Write down the file location for later reference.

Step 2: Locate startup location

Reveal Hidden Files

  • Open any folder
  • Click on “Organize” button
  • Choose “Folder and Search Options”
  • Select the “View” tab
  • Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
  • Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
  • Click “Apply” and “OK” button

Clean virus from the windows registry

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


  • A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]

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  • Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.

Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection

Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host

If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:


STEP 3 : Clean traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

  • Open Google Chrome

  • In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
  • Remove the by clicking on the little recycle bin
  • Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind

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  • Open Mozilla Firefox

  • Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Disable the unwanted Extension
  • Go to Help
  • Then Troubleshoot information
  • Click on Reset Firefox

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  • Open Internet Explorer

  • On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
  • Click on Internet options
  • go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
  • Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Step 4: Undo the damage done by

This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.

Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.

To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.

  • Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
  • go to Network and Internet
  • then Network and Sharing Center
  • then Change Adapter Settings
  • Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administratorr to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!

You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to

  • Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.


  • in the target field remove argument and then apply the changes.
  • Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
  • Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.

How to Permanently Remove Virus (automatic) Removal Guide

Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your system and let all doors wide open for many other infections. To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.