How To Remove ThinkPoint (Virus Removal Guide)
In this article we’ll provide you information about how to remove ThinkPoint completely from your system.
ThinkPoint – Overview
ThinkPoint is a fake antispyware program which is promoted by fake ‘Microsoft Security Essentials Alert’ pop-up message. It is a fake pop-up message to pursued people to download ThinkPoint that installs a Trojan file without users’ consent and disguise itself as hotfix.exe or mstsc.exe file. Once Trojan infiltrates your system it will exploit all system resources, steal sensitive information, and degrade PC health. ThinkPoint is known as rogue antispyware they are malicious software which are built to carry bogus virus scans and display false virus reports then they claim some serious threat on users’ PC and persuade users into purchasing such security software by showing serious threat alerts. Although the real does not exist on the system instead it is ThinkPoint that is creating such fake alerts.
How does it affect your system?
When your system is infected from ThinkPoint you may encounter following issues:
- It will start appearing on your desktop frequently and conduct scans for malicious elements on your system, it is an annoying act that irritates users as it suddenly and continuously pops-up when users do their work.
- It also interrupts normal system functionality and use large amount of system resources that cause program crashes and stops applications’ normal function.
- ThinkPoint claims itself a legitimate and world’s best security software and regularly scans your system without permission, show detected viruses like unknown Win32/Trojan and prompt users to buy full package of ThinkPoint otherwise the malware can cause serious threat on the system.
- Claims viruses on the system and prompt users to purchase full package also claims that some of the viruses can’t be deleted because of lack of some essential modules that are available in full package so to get full protection from ThinkPoint it prompts to purchase full ThinkPoint version.
- It causes system degradation, slow down PC, affects internet connection. Users while may discover issues while operating PC as it interrupts smooth functioning of the system and they also find difficulty in internet browsing.
- Restricts from accessing desktop, task manager, and stop legitimate security programs. It is designed to frequently prompt purchase messages and stop all function of the system until users are ready to buy ThinkPoint. They are unable to access their system resources even desktop. ThinkPoint also stop legitimate antivirus program on your PC from running to hide itself from users and project itself as a legitimate security program.
How does ThinkPoint penetrate your system?
The fake message ‘Microsoft security essentials alert’ trick people by conducting a fake online scan then reports a threat on the system by displaying fake Microsoft security essentials reports about possible threats and recommend for fake antivirus like ThinkPoint, Red Cross antivirus, Pest Detector and other bogus antispyware software to download, But none of them is an antispyware software they are just a trap of cybercriminals which damage users’ system and steal their sensitive information. After ThinkPoint is downloaded it injects Trojan in the system, runs fake scans and claims malware on system. After scan it prompts users to purchase ThinkPoint full version in order to remove malware from the system. It is also bundled with some free software that can infect your PC when you install such software. When you visit malicious websites your system may get infected to such malware.
AntiSpyware ThinkPoint Removal Guide
If Adware has already infected your computer, go for its removal immediately otherwise when its infection becomes severe, it causes a lot of trouble and becomes too stubborn to remove from the computer.
Automatic Removal Tool
By scanning from Malwarebytes anti-malware:
- Initially, download Malwarebytes anti-malware.
- After downloading the program, close all programs.
- Then, double click on icon named “mbam-setup” to install Malwarebytes anti-malware.
- Now, click on the USER ACCOUNT CONTROL, followingly click on yes option.
- Then, click on next and follow the instruction
- Click on the finish option.
- Now, Malwarebytes anti-malware will start
- After that, it will update the anti-malware database.
- On clicking on scan now option, it starts to scan.
- After that, you will see some detected files.
- Remove it.
- After that, it will reboot the system.
- Then, you need to allow to reboot your system.
- After restarting computer.
- Scan once again to verify traces of threats.
Method No.2: Manual Method
Follow the following steps to remove adware manually.
To remove ThinkPoint antispyware, you may have to mess with registery & system files. Making a single mistake and deleting the wrong thing may corrupt your system.
To Avoid this use MalwareBytes – ThinkPoint Antispyware Removal Tool.
Step 1 : Uninstall suspicious software using Control Panel.
Follow the steps given below to get rid of ThinkPoint from your system.
For Windows 7/8/10
- Restart your computer by pressing ctrl+F4
- Keep hitting F8 key instantly when it restarts, it leads you to Advance Boot Option
- Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” with arrow key and press enter
- Press ctrl+shift+esc to start task manager, click processes tab in task manager and locate for Hotfix.exe process right click and stop this process
- If screen suddenly goes blank, try to launch explorer.exe process from task manager
- If you are unable to kill ThinkPoint process ‘hotfix.exe’ then try rebooting in safe mode, repeat 1 to 3 steps and search/delete files you have stopped.
- Reboot in “Safe Mode with Networking” and continue.
- Now enter command: regedit
- Update key with the following value [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] “Shell”=”Explorer.exe”
- Delete all existing files and folders of ThinkPoint from your system.
- Install a reliable antivirus, run full scan and check for any virus then delete it.
For users that cannot do anything in safe mode and normal mode:
Users may not able to do anything in safe mode or normal mode as ThinkPoint blocks access of users to system resources. They can use steps below:
- Reboot your system, press F8 and choose “Safe Mode with Command prompt”
- Enter these commands
- Type tasklist (all in lower case) in the command prompt window, and then hit ENTER. A list of files displayed
- Use scroll bar to track ‘hotfix.exe’ process
- Now go back to command prompt cursor and type “ taskkill /IM hotfix.exe “ and press ENTER
- If this procedure is successful, you will be returned with SUCCESS message in the command prompt window.
- Now type “ shutdown -r ” in the command prompt the system will reboot in a moment.
- After this, full scan your PC with a reliable antispyware software for any further malware and delete them.