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Remove WinThruster virus (Removal Guide) - Oct 2020 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: System tools

WinThruster – a useless PC optimization tool from Solvusoft Corporation

Screenshot of WinThruster

Questions about WinThruster virus

WinThruster is a computer optimization program that security experts describe as untrustworthy. Although it cannot be called a virus or a critically rogue[1] program, its functionality seems to be vague. The program is developed by Solvusoft Corporation which is also responsible for such products as WinSweeper or DriverDoc.

Name WinThruster
Type Potentially unwanted program
Promoted as PC optimization tool
Operating system supported Windows OS 
Main file setup_winthruster_2018.exe
Main problems initiated Aggressive system scanners, continuous reports about PC errors, ads offering a full program's version
Main risks Money loss, identity theft
Removal To uninstall WinThruster from the system, use manual removal guidelines or ReimageIntego 

If right now you are browsing the Internet looking for information about this optimizer, we assume that you have recently installed it on your computer, and now it urges you to buy its full version. Most likely you might come across some sites that regard to this optimizer as WinThruster virus, but you should know that the term “virus” should not be used when speaking about this system optimization software.

However, there are few positive words to say about this tool, either. Computer security experts consider this application as a member of potentially unwanted programs (PUP) family and do not recommend installing it nor purchasing its full version. Let’s get into the details and find out if this tool can be trusted.

We have visited the official website of WinThruster and discovered that it promises to “Fix Errors And Optimize Your PC!” This simple slogan does not make this PC optimization tool stand out in the market of system optimization tools anyhow, so we kept digging further.

It appears that it is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and even 2000. According to the official page, WinThruster is a tool that helps to repair PC problems, remove clutter from it, launch computer programs faster, extend computer’s life, and improve the overall performance of the machine.

It sounds that WinThruster is a really helpful tool, which can freshen up your computer and boost its performance. Sadly, we have to cast you down by saying that this tool can disappoint you. First of all, pay attention to the fact that these premium features can be used only after purchasing the full version of the app which costs 39.95 USD.

WinThrusterWinThruster is a legitimate program; however, most security experts do not recommend installing it.

Besides, if you decide to buy it, you automatically agree to renew the subscription annually. Sadly, the information about the annual subscription renewal is written in small font and might be missed by inattentive computer users. Besides, be aware that the functionality of this program might disappoint you even after purchasing the full version of it.

What is more, users who refuse to buy the full version of the software are likely to be introduced to WinThruster ads that persistently urge to obtain the software license by initiating phony system scans and showing scary reports about the system status.

It might be that this program shows some false positive scan results in order to convince the user to take actions and fix the computer by buying the full version of this optimizer. At first, it might not seem like a big problem as these ads can be closed with a single click.

However, eventually, these ads can start testing user’s patience and finally make him or her lose it. Therefore, it is not surprising why users who install this tool shortly start looking for WinThruster removal guidelines in case they do not want to buy this program.

If you do not want to buy it, too, remove WinThruster using instructions provided at the end of this post or take advantage of a trustworthy anti-malware tool and delete it using programs like ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

TIP: Be careful and do not try to search for free WinThruster product key or WinThruster crack[2] online. This way, you risk installing a malicious file, not to mention fines for using/distributing pirated software.  Winthruster installation on the system

Distribution methods used to spread this questionable program

In some cases, users find Win Thruster on their systems without downloading it. It can be placed on your system without your notice thanks to vague software distribution techniques such as software bundling. Let us go into details and explain you how such PUPs hijack computer systems.

Typically, such potentially unwanted programs are not very popular, so it is evident why users do not install them by their choice. Therefore, authors of such software need to find ways to promote these programs and force users to install them. That is why they love bundling their products with other software. This way, users can install them unknowingly.

The strategy is rather simple – other programs provide offers to install WinThruster or similar programs during the installation, and if users fail to reject them, these programs get installed without even notifying the victim.

To prevent this from happening, users should select either Advanced or Custom installation option and deselect all added components by hand.

We have noticed that users tend to think falsely and rely on pre-selected installation modes (Default or Standard), which hide automatically written user’s agreements to add all suggested programs to the system.

Uninstall WinThruster in minutes

If you do not like this PC optimization tool, you should remove WinThruster and related files from the system. It can be easily done with the help of the anti-spyware tool, but you can delete it manually, too.

If you're wondering why cyber security experts always advise installing automatic spyware removal tools, just check out the latest information about todays' virus activity on VirusActivity site[3].

Although this program does not deserve “WinThruster virus” label, we are afraid that you will not be satisfied with its functionality, either. Below, you can find detailed steps for fixing your computer manually. Keep in mind that WinThruster removal instructions must be followed in exact order to prevent additional system problems.


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To remove WinThruster virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall WinThruster from Windows systems

To uninstall this app from Windows, your task is to find it in the Control Panel. The program should be called WinThruster and the publisher of it should be Solvusoft Corporation. Click on it and select Uninstall. 

To remove WinThruster from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to WinThruster (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate WinThruster from Mac OS X system

To get rid of this optimization tool from Mac OS X, uninstall everything related to Solvusoft Corporation

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove WinThruster from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for WinThruster-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove WinThruster, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to WinThruster and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the WinThruster-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall WinThruster from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to WinThruster and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Get rid of WinThruster from Google Chrome

To get rid of annoying promotional ads from Google Chrome, you need to reset this browser.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to WinThruster by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the WinThruster-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete WinThruster removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase WinThruster from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for WinThruster and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete WinThruster removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete WinThruster virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the WinThruster-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove WinThruster from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to WinThruster and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case WinThruster did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete WinThruster removal.Reset Firefox 2

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Lorry says:
    September 28th, 2016 at 11:24 am

    what can I say. winthruster is the worst optimizer ever.

  2. Bery3-2 says:
    September 28th, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I didnt want WinThruster but somehow this threat managed to enter my computer system!

  3. CaliLove says:
    September 28th, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Thanks! removed WinThruster without hassle

  4. gotha says:
    September 28th, 2016 at 11:26 am

    this optimizer keeps bothering me by displaying stupid alerts

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