Remove Captchatopsource.com (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Captchatopsource.com Removal Guide

What is Captchatopsource.com?

Captchatopsource.com – a website that tricks users into subscribing to notifications by proving that they're not robots

Captchatopsource.comCaptchatopsource.com is a deceptive website that uses social engineering to make users subscribe to push notifications

Captchatopsource.com is a shady website that tries to deceive people into clicking the Allow button to prove that they're not robots. Legitimate sites provide captchas for verifications. This trickery is used in order for users to subscribe to notifications, which would allow this website to display an abnormal amount of ads.

There are tons of similar deceptive websites, such as Tomachopan.com, Myniceposts.com, Viralupdatestoday.com, and so on. These portals try to trick users into clicking the Allow button. Some might ask to do that to watch some secret content, reveal breaking news, and other misleading techniques. As soon as the button is pressed, users will see intrusive ads that are shown directly on their screens in regular intervals.

Since people rarely visit websites such as Captchatopsource.com on purpose, they might have potentially unwanted programs[1] (PUPs) installed on their devices that redirect to such sites. If you want to get rid of these annoying notifications along with PUPs that might be affecting your device, please check the free tips we provide below.

name Captchatopsource.com
type Push notification virus, redirect, adware
symptoms Favorite sites are covered with ads, some covering the whole browser screen. Pop-up ads are shown directly on the desktop, even when browsers are closed
Risks Ads might redirect to high-risk sites where other PUPs or even malware infections could be installed
Distribution Freeware bundles, deceptive ads
Removal Both manual and automatically removals are possible and are displayed at the bottom of this article
System fix System repair tools such as the ReimageIntego app should be used to restore any changes done to the registry and other core system settings and files. It will also clean your browsers

As we've mentioned, Captchatopsource.com and similar malicious websites are hardly ever visited willingly. Usually, users get redirected to these sites through deceptive ads or if they have potentially unwanted programs installed on their devices. PUPs usually find their way onto devices when people ignore what apps are installed with freeware bundles.

The website itself isn't dangerous, as it doesn't have any malicious scripts running in the background, but when it comes to the ads – they might be dangerous. Captchatopsource.com ads and redirects promote various high-risk sites, including online gambling, online games, adult content, etc.

Sometimes the ads might have nothing in common with the websites users will end up if these ads are clicked. Users might be pushed to install fake updates, leading to the installation of additional PUPs or malware.[2] So it's needless to say that these advertisements should be ignored.

Due to the dangers that shown ads present, this adware could be called Captchatopsource.com virus. It's not as harmful as hazardous malware, but there's still no place on any device for PUPs as they could lead to privacy, security, and financial issues.

Therefore, you should remove Captchatopsource.com notifications from Mac, Windows, Android, or any other kind of device you are using. We recommend scanning computers with professional anti-malware software such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes that would locate, isolate, and properly eliminate any threats.

To finish Captchatopsource.com removal, users will have to get their hands dirty. But we provide instructions for that, and if they're done step-by-step, it will be finished within minutes. Detailed manual instructions for all browsers and devices are displayed at the bottom of the article.

When Captchatopsource.com push notification virus is eliminated, users have to take care of the overall system health. Cybersecurity experts at Zondervirus.nl[3] recommend entrusting this task to the powerful ReimageIntego tool that would not only restore broken system files but also clean up your devices.

Captchatopsource.com virusCaptchatopsource.com is a so-called push notification virus that will spam your desktop with ads

Pay attention to what's offered in software bundles to evade PUPs

Most potentially unwanted programs that show tons of ads, change browser settings, and impede browsing quality in other ways are distributed by freeware or software bundles. These packs include more than one installer, and boxes opting in for the installations are preselected.

That's why when choosing software from a bundle, users are urged to select Advanced, or Custom installation instead of the Standard/Recommended one. Only by choosing the former method users will be able to deselect pre-ticked boxes and install only the software that they were interested in in the first place.

It's worth mentioning that if users have any PUPs installed on their devices, or if they're visiting questionable sites, they should withhold from clicking on any advertisements no matter how alluring they might look.

Instructions for Captchatopsource.com virus removal from infected browsers and devices

Captchatopsource.com ads might redirect everyday computer users to questionable websites where they might get tricked into installing more PUPs or sites with other hazardous contents. Users should refrain from clicking on any ads on shady portals as only more harm could come their way.

If you're redirected to questionable sites and ads are delivered directly to your screen even if browsers are closed, you should immediately remove Captchatopsource.com push notification virus. You can easily do that will our guides provided below this paragraph but don't forget to use reliable anti-malware software to make sure no malware or suspicious files found it's way to the machine.

And one last thing, don't forget to fix system irregularities and clean tracking cookies and other browser-related data with powerful system repair tools. Only that completes Captchatopsource.com removal process and guarantees normal device performance.

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Getting rid of Captchatopsource.com. Follow these steps

Stop browser notifications

While initially it might seem that you are infected with a virus due to excessive pop-ups, you should first try to stop notifications via your browser.

Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (desktop):

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  4. Captchatopsource.com should be located under Allow section.
  5. Click the three vertical dots next to it and pick Block. This should remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 2

Remove unwanted notifications from Google Chrome (Android):

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap on Settings (three vertical dots).
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Scroll down to Sites section.
  4. Locate the unwanted URL and toggle the button to the left (Off setting).Stop notifications on Chrome Android

Remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and go to Menu > Options.
  2. Click on Privacy & Security section.
  3. Under Permissions, you should be able to see Notifications. Click Settings button next to it.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 1
  4. In the SettingsNotification Permissions window, click on the drop-down menu by the Captchatopsource.com entry.
  5. Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2

Remove unwanted notifications from Safari:

  1. Click on Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Websites tab and, under General, select Notifications.
  3. Select the Captchatopsource.com entry, click the drop-down menu and select Deny.Stop notifications on Safari

Remove unwanted notifications from MS Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click the Settings and more button (three horizontal dots) at the top-right of the window.
  2. Select Settings and then go to Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions, pick Manage permissions and select Captchatopsource.com.Stop notifications on Edge 1
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

Remove unwanted notifications from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and go to Settings.
  2. Select Site permissions.
  3. Go to Notifications on the right.
  4. Under Allow, you will find the unwanted entry.
  5. Click on More actions and select Block.Stop notifications on Edge Chromium

Remove unwanted notifications from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the Gear icon at the top-right on the window.
  2. Select Internet options and go to Privacy tab.
  3. In the Pop-up Blocker section, click on Settings.
  4. Locate Captchatopsource.com under Allowed sites and pick Remove.Stop notifications on Internet Explorer

Eliminate Captchatopsource.com from Windows systems

To remove Captchatopsource.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Captchatopsource.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Captchatopsource.com from Mac OS X system

Remove Captchatopsource.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Captchatopsource.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Captchatopsource.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Captchatopsource.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Captchatopsource.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Captchatopsource.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Captchatopsource.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Captchatopsource.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Captchatopsource.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Captchatopsource.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Captchatopsource.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Captchatopsource.com from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Captchatopsource.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Captchatopsource.com in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Captchatopsource.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Captchatopsource.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Captchatopsource.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Captchatopsource.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

How to prevent from getting Captchatopsource.com

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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