Vividcaptcha.top Ads Virus. How to delete?

Written by Valdis Koks

Vividcaptcha.top search hijacker is a kind of virus that infuses into your personal computer, and then changes the browser search engine settings in your internet browser to one which it desires. It likewise makes different unpleasant modifications that might trigger personal information leakages, as well as to other malware delivery. In this post, you will see the guide of Vividcaptcha.top hijacker clearing in various strategies, as well as additionally the method of making your web browser just as good as new.

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Vividcaptcha.top Info

Name Vividcaptcha.top extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Vividcaptcha.top hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Vividcaptcha.top hijacker.

The methods of injection of Vividcaptcha.top search hijackers are numerous. Most of them come from the malware spreading with the malvertising or malevolent links of various sites. Sometimes, your computer can be contaminated with this virus via the trojan-downloader, which is used to spread various other malware. There is a solitary kind of this unwanted program – web browser plugin that might build into any type of browser which supports the add-on setup2.

You will not likely install this plugin by yourself, due to the fact that their names are very suspicious, and also the functionality is really controversial. The “creators” of Vividcaptcha.top hijacker normally mention that it can save the .doc/.docx files from the web pages already to .pdf format, or to save the entire website on your disk. It is extremely tough to picture if someone may be needed in such features in 2022, when the Web access is not time-limited as well as every system has the ability to start the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their uselessness, they can effortlessly be spotted in the Chrome Web Store. Obviously, virus analysts sound the alarm relating to such spam right into the legitimate source of web browser extensions, asking for the Google response – eliminating these extensions from their place. But they are still not hurrying to deal with that safety problem.

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Is the Vividcaptcha.top virus?

At the first sight, you may think that these redirects are just irritating, but not harmful. As a result of this reason a great deal of people are just playing for time instead of removing this malware, getting much more chances of being infected with numerous other malware, which are far more severe than Vividcaptcha.top is.

Besides the altered search engine or search engine result, you may also see different promotions even on those websites that do not have any kind of ads on it by default. And you can easily misclick while closing the promotion, and launch the downloading of an unrecognized file, which may be a malware, or a potentially undesirable program, or perhaps ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your browser is corrupted because of the Azorult trojan task, the system may start malfunctioning in the near future – this symptome is among the most common in case of trojan infiltration.

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How to remove Vividcaptcha.top?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Vividcaptcha.top malware injection. It is really simple to speak about the options of securing your PC from such annoying items as browser hijackers, but it is quite easy to be caught on this lure even being a professional user. As it was specified above, this malware can hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) ad, or in packs with various other adware you may get in dozens of manners. However, no matter the usual complexity of the infiltration methods, it is very easy to avoid the Vividcaptcha.top hijacker appearing in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Vividcaptcha.top.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Make sure you have this manual tutorial constantly prepared to utilize.
  • Carry out a backup of all of your information, including the saved logins, passwords as well as various other qualifications. You need to back up your details with a cloud back-up option and also see to it your documents are shielded from any type of type of loss, also from one of the most severe infections.
  • Wait till the resilient back-up procedure mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Vividcaptcha.top and related software from Windows

Right here is a method in few simple steps that must have the ability to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Vividcaptcha.top from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Vividcaptcha.top on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Vividcaptcha.top. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Vividcaptcha.top with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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