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Remove Ads by ThinkDesktop (Free Instructions)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as ThinkDesktop ads, ThinkDesktop virus | Type: Adware

What is ThinkDesktop?

If you have installed ThinkDesktop believing that it will improve your Internet browsing experience, then you did a huge mistake. Although this browser add-on is trying to increase the number of users by using falls claims that it’s a handy ‘shopping assistant’, in reality it’s just another adware that has been developed for affiliate marketing. In other words, just like AppToU, PriceLess, Wajam, and many other clone apps, ThinkDesktop has been developed for showing sponsored advertisements and initiate other activities behind user’s back. As soon as it enters PC’s system, it may affect Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers at once. Consequently, your PC’s screen may be covered by intrusive pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links and similar commercials. Unfortunately, “Ads by ThinkDesktop” may not only appear stubborn in terms of closure. The smallest contact with those ads may cause redirects to the websites that you do not normally visit. For instance, ThinkDesktop redirects can make you visit unfamiliar shopping websites, casino, domains that urge to participate in online surveys and win prizes, websites that offer to test Internet speed, and so on. We cannot claim that all of the ThinkDesktop ads are irrelevant or potentially dangerous. Nevertheless, it’s obvious that some of the ads are promoted by suspicious third parties and may be used for spreading other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

In addition, ThinkDesktop virus may also be used for tracking users and collecting information about their browsing habits. Although it is targeting personally non-identifiable information, we believe that you are not keen on disclosing your PC’s IP address, location, email address, data that you type while visiting various websites (including social networks), etc. to unfamiliar parties. On top of that, right after installing this tool, your web browser’s performance may seriously diminish and continuously crash. If you want to prevent all the aforementioned issues, our recommendation would be to remove ThinkDesktop virus from the system without a delay. The best way to do that is to launch Reimage or another reputable anti-spyware.

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How can ThinkDesktop hijack my computer?

ThinkDesktop cannot be downloaded as a standalone file. That’s a serious warning that there’s something wrong with this app. Our security experts have initiated a research related to this tool and found out that its distribution method is the one called ‘bundling’. That’s a widely used technique that allows freeware developers to earn the money for spreading third-party add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions along with their software. Therefore, the only way to protect your computer from installation of unwanted applications is a careful and inattentive installation. Optional downloads are always disclosed but not necessarily explicitly. Therefore, if you tend to skip installation check boxes investigated, you may skip ‘optional downloads’ unnoticed and unconsciously agree to install each of them. Instead of that, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom installation option, read all the given terms and opt out of unfamiliar tools.

How to remove ThinkDesktop virus?

If you have already received ThinkDesktop ads during your browsing, then the best that you can do is to remove the add-on that causes them. If you want to do that right now, you can find the instructions explaining how to remove ThinkDesktop virus down below:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove ThinkDesktop ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of ThinkDesktop from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall ThinkDesktop and related programs
    Here, look for ThinkDesktop or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove ThinkDesktop from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for ThinkDesktop or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete ThinkDesktop from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for ThinkDesktop and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete ThinkDesktop removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall ThinkDesktop ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, ThinkDesktop should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase ThinkDesktop from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select ThinkDesktop and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete ThinkDesktop removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate ThinkDesktop from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select ThinkDesktop and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete ThinkDesktop removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of ThinkDesktop from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for ThinkDesktop or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete ThinkDesktop removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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