First things first though, let’s define CAPTCHA. Essentially CAPTCHA is a way for websites to determine whether users are bots and prevent bots from spamming email boxes for example. It’s usually in the form of a small security module that is at the end of sign up or register forms.
ReCAPTCHA then is a tool that is able verify whether people are in fact people. Essentially, it is a service that protects your site using a risk analysis engine and adapts individual CAPTCHAs to better stop bots and automated software.
All of this is done while hopefully keeping your genuine users free from annoyance.
How to disable reCAPTCHA
So, how do we turn it off? That’s what we’re looking at here. There are a number of ways to get around a reCAPTCHA if you’re a user.
Firstly, and maybe the most important is creating an account with a site, this is one of the main things that will trigger a reCAPTCHA as bots and automatic programs are not going to have accounts themselves, essentially proving you are a human being. Therefore, a site will often send a reCAPTCHA at anyone without an account as a security measure.
If you are however a business and you would like to disable reCAPTCHA then there is a simple process in which you can disable it to make that registration process a little smoother for users. There is definitely something to be said with the benefits of this, with users attention spans getting smaller and smaller any inconvenience is potentially a lost customer.
Here’s the process for turning off the reCAPTCHA for your site:
- Navigate to the customisation tab on your business settings
- Scroll until you see the invisible reCAPTCHA section
- Here simple enable or disable the reCAPTCHA option as you like
- Make sure you save the changes you’ve made
There is a point to be made that if reCAPTCHA’s are appearing for you there may very well be a good reason for it. These are inherently there to combat malicious automated programs so if you are using a website and the site is continuously sending these at you then something is clearly wrong. Unless you happen to be the world’s first cyborg and that somehow counts you as a bot the issue is either going to be on the website itself where it is wrongfully sending reCAPTCHA’s or there is potentially an issue on your PC.
If this happens across multiple websites, I would recommend running a virus scan to make sure you haven’t got any background software on your PC which is scanning your browsing habits as this may be causing reCAPTCHA’s to appear.
Extensions can be both the cause and solution to reCAPTCHA issues. Some extensions trigger a reCAPTCHA as they may alert the software to potentially being a bot. There is also an issue where some extensions rather than triggering a reCAPTCHA can actually just mess with it. If you have an extension which alters images on pages for whatever reason, then a situation can occur where the extension essentially alters the images in the reCAPTCHA… This may make things a little difficult to solve…
Other extensions can solve reCAPTCHA’s for you, while not the best work around it is there and it is an option. The programs essentially work in a way that will detect and reCAPTCHA and then solve them.
There are two main extensions for doing this. You need one that will auto-click those “Are you a robot” reCAPTCHA’s and another for solving the more complex ones. The clicking one is called “reCAPTCHA Autoclick”, does what it says essentially. Clicks the reCAPTCHA. The other is “Buster: Captcha Solver for Humans”. As this extension is working with more complex reCAPTCHA’s it is liable to fail from time to time. There should be no issue with this, and you’ll just have to wait a few extra seconds as it moves onto solving the follow up reCAPTCHA.
It should be mentioned that these tools are not guaranteed results and the recommendation is to always do reCAPTCHA’s yourself if prompted.
What triggers reCAPTCHA?
CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA can trigger whenever an automated process is detected by a site that has reCAPTCHA enabled. If this happens when you are searching on Google it is potentially that Google has detected an automated process which may indicate a virus. It is a good idea to do a virus check if this is happening to you.
Can bots solve reCAPTCHA’s?
Some bots can but this is limited and often needs specifically designed programs to do so. As reCAPTCHA’s are primarily there to stop bots they will in fact stop most but the most well designed and often these are not worth using except in specific outlying situations.
In conclusion the best way and generally the most recommended suggestion for dealing with reCAPTCHA’s is in fact to fill them in, quite simple really but they can be annoying and especially if they’re coming up every time you seem to do anything on the internet.
The first thing to do if this is happening frequently is to do a virus scan as a background process scanning your browsing habits may cause a reCAPTCHA to be prompted.
If this is an issue with a website, then as a website owner you can either turn it off as we showed above or as a website user you can use one of the solutions we mentioned.
We hope this article has helped and you’re back to browsing in peace!