Vipcaptcha.live ads (fake) - Free Guide

Vipcaptcha.live ads Removal Guide

What is Vipcaptcha.live ads?

Vipcaptcha.live is disguised to look like a human verification step to trick people into clicking “Allow”

Vipcaptcha.livePop-up ads can lead people to dangerous sites

Vipcaptcha.live is disguised as a human verification step. The site was created by crooks to trick people into subscribing to push notifications. They can then make money through pay-per-click advertising. Users are told to press the “Allow” button to confirm that they are not robots.

However, there is no other content to explore on this site. Instead, people start getting spammed with annoying pop-up ads that may appear even when the browser is closed. The most worrying thing is that fraudsters can use rogue advertising networks that place ads leading to dangerous websites.

People can end up on shady sites that try to lure out personal information or trick them into downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs),[1] and even malware. It is best not to interact with these ads and to disable them as soon as possible. You can continue reading our guide to find detailed instructions.

Distribution methods

Fake sites, like Vipcaptcha.live are usually hidden on other shady sites that are unregulated. For example, pages that engage in illegal activities are full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects. It is best to only visit pages that you know and trust. Do not click on random links and ads even if they seem to be promoting legitimate products or services.

There is also a possibility that the fake site appeared without any user input. This can happen if you are infected by adware.[2] It is usually spread through freeware[3] distribution platforms. They include bundled software in the installers and do not disclose it clearly.

We recommend using official web stores and developer websites whenever you want to install new software. Apps that get listed on official marketplaces have to go through an extensive review process. However, you should still do your research – read the reviews, look at the ratings, and the number of users.

NAME Vipcaptcha.live
TYPE Push notification spam; adware
SYMPTOMS Pop-up ads start appearing in the corner of the screen sometimes even when the browser is closed
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites; deceptive ads; bundled software
DANGERS Links embedded in the pop-ups can lead to dangerous websites where people might get tricked into providing their personal information or downloading PUPs and malware
ELIMINATION To disable push notifications go to your browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to clear your browsers and fix performance issues

Block push notifications

Because push notifications are based on a subscription model, users need to disable them manually. If you do not know how, here are the instructions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge:

Google Chrome (desktop):

  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.Stop notifications on Chrome PC 1
  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

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

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 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.
  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

Cookies and cache

Almost all websites nowadays require you to accept cookie usage. Because you experienced pop-up spam caused by a fake site, there is a big chance you were browsing through questionable pages that could still be tracking your browsing activity.

Cookies can store data such as the websites you visit, links you click on, things you search for, and what you purchase online. It can later be sold to advertising networks or other third parties. We recommend using a repair tool like ReimageIntego, which can automatically clear your browsers from cookies and cache, clear up space, fix corrupted files, system errors and optimize the performance of the device.

Vipcaptcha.live adsClear cookies regularly to protect your privacy

Scan your system for adware

There may be a possibility that you are infected with adware and that is why you are constantly bombarded with ads. Because there is no way of knowing which specific app is causing this annoying behavior, we always suggest our readers use professional security tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to scan their PCs.

Anti-malware tools can detect suspicious programs that are active in the background and eliminate them completely with all the related files. Manual removal may result in the renewal of infection as people often fail to eliminate all the related files and entries, however, if you still want to do this yourself, you can follow the guide below for Windows and Mac machines.

Windows 10/8:

  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 the entry of the 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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.

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
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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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