ThinkPoint

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ThinkPoint Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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ThinkPoint is a rogue anti-spyware that has been around since October 2010 and it's a clone of ThinkSmart. Usually, people wind up downloading ThinkPoint onto their computer through one of several common avenues: as a bogus browser extension, a fake video codec, a fake "free virus scan" offered on a website, or through a link on a search engine that redirects from a mundane website to an infected site.

Once ThinkPoint is on a computer, it tries to make itself look like a legitimate anti-spyware program and a Windows component. It uses Windows logos, styling and fonts, and creates fake alerts that look very similar to actual Windows error messages. It has a detailed, realistic-looking interface similar to those of popular legitimate antivirus programs. From this interface, it will begin to auto-run fake virus scans and identify perfectly ordinary and harmless programs and Windows components as "threats" which must be dealt with.

Furthermore, once ThinkPoint is active, it will prevent you from using the Windows Security Center or any other actual anti-virus software that you have, when Windows is running in its normal mode. It cannot be shut down through the Task Manager, because whenever you try, it will give you an error message and kill Task Manager. Any action you try to take with Internet Explorer will also be disabled, and you will get some kind of official-looking error message from the malware. The one error message that recurs over and over is a warning that you need to buy the full version of ThinkPoint in order to remove "threats" affecting your system's performance, to proceed with using your computer normally. In effect, it holds your system hostage. It will not let you do anything until you purchase the "full" version of the security program, for USD $99.90. ThinkPoint will block any action you might take to remove it or research it until you pay up. As is the case with other rogue security programs, the solution lies in getting around it by booting Windows in Safe Mode. Restart the computer, even if you have to manually disconnect the power in order to do it, and as soon as the power is back on, hold down F8 to trigger Safe Mode.

Once in Safe Mode, you can run your normal antivirus software, or malware removal tools. It also doesn't hurt to clear out your cache and temporary files while you're in Safe Mode. Once you have used your actual anti-virus or anti-malware software to remove ThinkPoint in Safe Mode, you can boot into Windows normally and use your computer again. The thing to remember here is that this is a scam. ThinkPoint is designed to trick you into thinking it's legitimate or that you have no choice but to pay the money it demands. But it is fake and you have a choice -- don't be fooled!

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Detection of ThinkPoint (Recommended)

ThinkPoint is difficult to detect and remove. ThinkPoint is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. ThinkPoint, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove ThinkPoint and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a ThinkPoint scan/check to successfully detect all ThinkPoint files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove ThinkPoint, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove ThinkPoint or follow the ThinkPoint manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with ThinkPoint. ThinkPoint can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing ThinkPoint involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing ThinkPoint on your system. ThinkPoint installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with ThinkPoint, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect ThinkPoint and other common Spyware infections. After detection of ThinkPoint, the next advised step is to remove ThinkPoint with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.

Symptoms

ThinkPoint may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of ThinkPoint from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

ThinkPoint, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. ThinkPoint along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example ThinkPoint, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect ThinkPoint and other types of spyware.

Remove ThinkPoint manually

Another method to remove ThinkPoint is to manually delete ThinkPoint files in your system. Detect and remove the following ThinkPoint files:

Processes

  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\hotfix.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\thinkpoint.exe
  • %LocAppData%\hotfix.exe
  • %LocAppData%\defender.exe
  • %LocAppData%\antispy.exe
  • %LocAppData%\tmp.exe
  • thinkpoint.exe

Other Files

  • %LocAppData%\PAV
  • %TempDir%\kjkkklklj.bat
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\kjkkklklj.bat
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\completescan

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "thinkpoint"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PAV
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\hotfix.exe"
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "tmp"
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "SelfdelNT"
  • HKCU\Software\PAV
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = "0"
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnPostRedirect" = "0"
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%LocAppData%\antispy.exe"

External links

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