Current-captcha.top ads (Free Guide)

Current-captcha.top ads Removal Guide

What is Current-captcha.top ads?

Current-captcha.top is a scam website that tries to trick users into allowing push notifications

Current-captcha.topCurrent-captcha.top ads can show links to malicious or deceiving websites

You might encounter a redirect to Current-captcha.top unexpectedly while browsing the web on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari. Unusually, people are taken to it after they click a link on a high-risk website, although automatic redirects might also be the cause. Likewise, some adware-infected machines can also cause this behavior, so appropriate checks should be made.

As soon as users end on Current-captcha.top site, they are shown a misleading background message, claiming that users are supposed to bypass what looks like a captcha verification. To do that, they need to press the “Allow” button within the notification prompt – this is when people are misled into allowing the website to deliver push notifications.

There are several variations of the site one might encounter, sometimes users are promised an alleged video, a file to download, or even +18 content to view. These all promises are fake, as there is no other content on the page or site available. Even pressing the requested button would not provide anything useful.

Instead, users would be later shown intrusive pop-ups at random times. The notifications are shown on top of all other apps, at the bottom or top of the screen if you are using Mac. Likewise, the issue might affect mobile devices, such as tablets or phones. The appearance of the intrusive ads is not triggered by anything in particular.

Current-captcha.top ads might include links to other malicious websites, so clicking them might be dangerous. You might be asked to accept notifications from a similar scam site, such as Processing-center-wn1.click, News-lipaze.cc, or Insnarewaggled.cam. Additionally, you might also be tricked into providing your personal information, subscribing to useless services, or downloading insecure or malicious software.

Instead, we recommend checking the instructions on how to remove the unwanted notifications below. We also explain how to deal with adware,[1] if such is present on the device.

Name Current-captcha.top
Type Push notifications, scam, ads, pop-ups
Distribution The unwanted activity starts at some point after the Allow button is pressed within the notification prompt
Symptoms Intrusive pop-ups show up directly on the screen, covering all the other opened apps or websites
Associated risks Ads and links to sites displayed by the website might be dangerous: users might suffer from monetary losses, install malware or potentially unwanted programs on their systems, or disclose their sensitive data to cybercrooks
Elimination Notifications can be disabled via the browser settings; in case you experience more ads and redirects to suspicious sites, you should also get rid of adware – use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner antivirus for quick elimination
Further steps After you stop the unwanted notifications and check for adware, make sure you clean your browser from leftover files for the best results. ReimageIntego can help you to reach this goal quicker

Remove adware from your system

Users intuitively try to avoid websites that could put their cybersecurity in danger (there are always exceptions of course), so they end up on scam sites by accident. Mostly, it is a result of a click on a link somewhere – this usually occurs on less secure websites, such as torrents, illegal video streaming, X-rated, and similar. We recommend staying away from such places in general, as they are commonly used by cybercriminals to host malware, such as Efdc ransomware.

If you did not click on links or were accessing suspicious websites and ended up on Current-captcha.top suddenly, it could be that adware is installed on your system. It is a type of potentially unwanted software that spreads in software bundles or other deceptive methods, hence users are often not even aware it is present on their device.

Adware's main goal is to expose users to as many advertisements as possible, so those infected can encounter random pop-ups, redirects, deals, banners, in-text links, and similar ads while browsing the web. Thus, if you have been experiencing those symptoms, you should check your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another security software.

If you are aware of programs you have recently installed, you can get rid of them manually as well. If you need help with this, follow these steps:

Windows

  • Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  • Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  • From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  • Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  • If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Mac

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2

After you are done, remember to clean web browsers from cookies, caches, and other web data, as otherwise, you might continue seeing ads, as well as getting tracked, will not stop. If you wish to do this automatically, employ ReimageIntego PC repair and maintenance software; alternatively, you can follow the manual instructions at the very bottom of this post.

How push notification scams work

Push notifications have been quite a mystery to users since their release, considering that they only showed up on browsers in 2015. They are a part of the website creation process and are added through the API[2] – Application Programming Interface – for example, a chat function via Facebook page is also an API.

Likewise, you probably have seen plenty of requests to enable notifications once you enter a legitimate website. The feature can be useful for both users and website authors – it can deliver the most relevant information directly to the screen, making it accessible right away.

The feature did not last long before all sorts of crooks took it up for their malicious business practices. Soon after its official implementation, plenty of scam websites showed up on the internet. Their main goal – to make users click that allow button as soon as they enter. They commonly abuse the element of surprise and social engineering to make the scam be successful. Current-captcha.top is yet another example of this scheme.

Current-captcha.top virusThe fake verification process is shown to users upon website entry

Upon entering the site for one reason or another, you might be asked to enable notifications in exchange for a video or that you need to press the “Allow” button to pass the bot check that so many websites use to protect themselves from DDoS[3] attacks. However, this is not true, and the only reason for this website's existence is to make users accept the notification to be shown. As soon as they do, the goal is accomplished, and there is no more content provided.

If you did get tricked but this, you shouldn't worry too much as long as you don't click on ads that are promoted by it. All you have to do is access your browser's settings section and remove the permission to show you notifications.

Stop Current-captcha.top notifications for good

It is not difficult to stop notifications from being shown to you. However, most users who never had to deal with this issue might not know how to do that. Proceed with the steps below to remove the unwanted push notifications from your device. Likewise, you can use these instructions for any other website if you find yourself in a similar situation in the future.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser and go to Menu > Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Locate the Privacy and security section and pick Site Settings > Notifications.
  4. Look at the Allow section and look for a suspicious URL.
  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

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 the 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 URL in question.
  5. Select Block and then click on Save Changes. This should remove unwanted notifications from Mozilla Firefox.Stop notifications on Mozilla Firefox 2

Safari:

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

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 the URL in question.Stop notifications on Edge 1
  4. Toggle the switch to the left to turn notifications off on Microsoft Edge.Stop notifications on Edge 2

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

Internet Explorer:

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

As previously mentioned, it is always recommended to clean your web browsers when dealing with adware or other issues within your browser.

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Getting rid of Current-captcha.top ads. Follow these steps

Remove 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 the unwanted program 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 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 unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Remove 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 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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 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 unwanted plugin 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

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Current-captcha.top registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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