greatcaptchahere.top is a generic scam website, identical to thousands of other sites that misuse the same browser feature that allows sites to show notifications. When you get redirected to the site, you will see a browser alert saying “greatcaptchahere.top wants to show notifications”. Normally, if you give permission to a regular site, it would show useful content. However, greatcaptchahere.top will just show ads. Not only would those ads be annoying, but they could also be dangerous to interact with. You could be exposed to various malware infections as well as scams. Fortunately, you can easily revoke this permission if you have given it.
The feature that lets websites display push notifications is legitimate. You can permit a website to display notifications as long as it’s safe. The feature may even be helpful in some cases. Allowing notifications might be helpful if there’s a website you frequently visit and you want to see more of its content. The alerts would show up on the right side of your screen, and clicking on them would take you straight to the content. For example, if you want news alerts on your screen, allow a news site to display notifications so that you can see the news in a more convenient manner. You can easily revoke the authorization if you decide you no longer want to see the notifications. Use the instructions given at the end of the report if you don’t know how to do that.
Although the feature is legitimate, websites like greatcaptchahere.top abuse it to bombard users with ads. greatcaptchahere.top is empty of content, the only thing it displays is an image of a robot and instructions to allow notifications. Immediately after you get redirected to the site, you will get a browser alert saying “greatcaptchahere.top wants to show notifications”. And if you click “Allow”, you will start seeing ads on your screen. Interacting with these ads is not recommended because you might be exposed to questionable content. Under no circumstances should you install anything if these ads urge you to. If you do, your computer could become infected with something serious. So, if you’ve granted the site permission, you should revoke it as soon as possible.
Your computer might be infected with adware if you get randomly redirected to questionable websites on a regular basis. The quickest way to determine whether adware is the issue is to use an anti-virus program to scan your computer. If adware is the issue, removing it would stop the redirects. Installing an adblocker program is also a good idea if you want to avoid annoying ads.
You may be redirected by an adware infection
In most cases, users get redirected to sites like greatcaptchahere.top when visiting high-risk websites. Certain sites expose users to questionable ads in order to generate revenue. Usually, it’s sites that gave pirated and/or pornographic content. Clicking on anything on those sites could trigger a redirect. Fortunately, these redirects, as well as regular ads, are easily preventable with an adblocker program.
However, if you frequently get redirected, even when browsing safe websites, your computer might be infected with adware. Even though it’s only a minor infection, you’ve undoubtedly already realized how annoying it is. These infections use the software bundling method to install. This essentially means they come attached to free programs as extra offers. These extra offers are allowed to install automatically alongside the programs to which they are attached without asking for users’ permission. This is the reason this method is so frowned upon. Additionally, anti-virus software vendors frequently classify programs that use it as potential threats.
It should be simple to avoid unwanted installations as long as you pay attention when installing free programs. Most importantly, when installing free programs, you need to choose Advanced (Custom) settings. Default settings will hide the offers and enable their automatic installation, and you may notice that the installation window will recommend you use them. All offers will be displayed if you use Advanced settings. Additionally, you would have the option to deselect all additional offers. All extra offers should be deselected because none of them will ever be useful to you. By allowing these unnecessary downloads, you would quickly fill your computer with unwanted software that can be hard to remove once fully installed.
How to stop greatcaptchahere.top ads?
If you suspect that the advertisements are being triggered by an infection of some kind (most likely adware), you should scan your computer with an anti-virus program. Allow the program to remove any threats it finds, and the redirects should stop. And to stop intrusive ads when you browse high-risk websites, install an adblocker program.
Revoke the permission to display push notifications if you have given it to greatcaptchahere.top or a similar website. Allowing such a site to display notifications has no advantages. If you’re unsure of how to do it, just follow the instructions given directly below. Remove greatcaptchahere.top and any other dubious websites from the list. As soon as you do, the ads will stop appearing on your screen.
- Mozilla Firefox: Open the menu (the three bars at the top-right corner), click Options, then Privacy & Security. Scroll down to Permissions, press Settings next to Notifications, and remove greatcaptchahere.top and any other questionable websites from the list. It’s possible to permanently turn off push notification requests by checking the “Block new requests asking to allow notifications” box in the same Notifications settings.
- Google Chrome: Open the menu (the three dots top-right corner), then Settings, then Privacy and security, then Site Settings. Click on Notifications under Permissions, and remove greatcaptchahere.top and any other questionable websites from the list. It’s possible to permanently turn off push notification requests by toggling off “Sites can ask to send notifications”.
- Microsoft Edge: Open the menu (the three dots top-right corner), then Settings, then Cookies and site permissions, then Notifications. Review which sites have permission and remove greatcaptchahere.top and any other questionable websites from the list. It’s possible to permanently turn off push notification requests by toggling off “Ask before sending”.
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