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ThinkPoint. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

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Why ThinkPoint is not a anti-spyware you should trust?

ThinkPoint virus is a rogue anti-spyware program that comes bundled with the fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert. It is promoted through e-mail phishing and P2P (peer-to-peer) networks and often comes along with Trojans and virus exploit kits. Once installed, the rogue program will prompt you to restart your computer because of the supposedly found malware on your computer. After a restart, ThinkPoint will scan your computer for malware without your permission. After the fake scan, it will claim that your computer is infected with all sort of viruses but in order to remove all the infections you need to buy certain modules that are not included in a trial version of ThinkPoint. You will likely to see messages like these:

Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your privacy or damage your computer. Your access to these items may be suspended until you take action.

Unable to remove threat. Click ‘Scan online’ to remove this threat

In reality, thought, these notification are fake, and the program only pretends to scan your computer. Even if you try scanning your computer online, it remove any infections from your computer because they are simply non-existent. If you do not purchase the full version of the program, it may start dropping threatening messages that the computer is supposedly bombarded with viruses trying to get in. However, you should not be deceived because it is merely a scareware program, using social engineering techniques to trick people into bringing easy profit for this virus creators. You should take action as soon as you notice this program or its threatening notifications on your device. ThinkPoint removal instructions provided at the end of this article. However, it is always advisable scanning your computer with a reliable antivirus tool, such as Reimage to remove the rogue program automatically.

While running, ThinkPoint will block legit programs on your computer. It will block task manager, registry editor and other tools too claiming that these tools were block due the security reasons and might be infected with malicious code. The main process of ThinkPoint is usually called hotfix.exe or thinkpoint.exe. You will have to end this process first and then either remove all the other malicious files related to ThinkPoint manually or use an automatic removal tool. One possible way is to reboot your computer in safe mode with networking and download an automatic removal tool and run a quick system scan or manually delete ThinkPoint files listed below. It seems like ThinkPoint allows you to run only Internet Explorer, but in some cases it might allow you to run other web browsers as well.

ThinkPoint removal guide:

As you can see, ThinkPoint is nothing more but a scam. It reports fake infections and prompts to pay for a full version of the program to remove them. The problems that the reported infection do not even exist. Also, this rogue program significantly diminishes the computer's performance, so you may also start encountering different system errors too. If you have already bought this rogue program than you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Finally, please use an automatic removal tool given below to remove ThinkPoint from your computer or delete its files manually.

Before you can remove this infection you have to recover Internet connection if you have problems with that and end all processes associated with ThinkPoint malware. Otherwise you will not be able to run any anti-spyware/virus software.


Disable proxy server for LAN in Internet Explorer or use another browser, for example Firefox or Opera.

How to disable Proxy server for LAN in Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Click on the Tools menu and then select Internet Options.


2. In the the Internet Options window click on the Connections tab. Then click on the LAN settings button.


3. Now you will see Local Area Network (LAN) settings window. Uncheck the checkbox labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN under the Proxy Server section and press OK.


4. Now download renamed Process Explorer (explorer.com) and terminate ThinkPoint processes. Should be hotfix.exe and thinkpoint.exe.

NOTE: Do not reboot your computer after using Process Explorer and terminating ThinkPoint processes.

Related files: thinkpoint.exe, hotfix.exe

ThinkPoint properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Stays resident in background

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ThinkPoint manual removal

Kill processes:
%UserProfile%Application Datahotfix.exe
%UserProfile%Application Datathinkpoint.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon "Shell"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePAV
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun ?�?thinkpoint?�?

Delete files:
%UserProfile%Application Datahotfix.exe
%UserProfile%Application Datathinkpoint.exe
%UserProfile%Application Datainstall

Geolocation of ThinkPoint

Map reveals the prevalence of ThinkPoint. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

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Comments on ThinkPoint

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trish
i can get into windows please help
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<Guest>
i can't get on internet task manager or system restore how do i get rid of think point
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<Guest>
i cant go on the internet tho, it wont let me -.-
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Mark
help! can't use the internet and won't let me use the taksmanager
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<Guest>
Hey i used Spybot and it worked on my system. It was free and i used it on another machine and it worked there too.
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<Guest>
Thanks a lot
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Ramindra Walia
This was very simple and good way to remove Thinkpoint. Thanks
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<Guest>
just ran free AVG and it got it. Malwarebytes picked it up also. This kinda of problem is why I run Linux on my systems but this makes me money. Thanks for the info.
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<Guest>
Your instruction to remove Thinkpoint cannot be used because Thinkpoint does not allow me to open Internet Explorer to begin with. How can I open Internet Explorer?
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Sam
Thank you for posting the manual removal instructions. Somehow I got Task Manager running (quick with the ctrl-alt-del on reboot, I think) and was able to kill hotfix.exe. After that I refreshed the screen and I was able to follow manual instructions.
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