ThinkPoint (or Think Point) is a fake anti-spyware program which spreads via phony media downloads and corrupt pop-up alerts. ThinkPoint installs itself before causing chaos all over your computer by hijacking your browser and changing your registry. ThinkPoint will eventually produce a sign up screen for a heuristic program, where you’ll be asked to pay USD$90 for full protection. Think Point is not a real security software so do not fall for this trickery and use an updated malware remover to make sure you PC is threat free.
ThinkPoint is designed to trick computer users by imitating Microsoft Security Essentials through a bogus alert message. The message is fabricated by a Trojan horse prompting users to purchase the ThinkPoint program to clean the infection. ThinkPoint is not designed to clean or remove any type of legitimate threat, and consequently serving no real use to computer users.
ThinkPoint and the ‘Microsoft Security Essentials Alert’ message displayed are in no way associated to Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 or MSE 2.0.
If you believe that you have become a victim to ThinkPoint attacks, it is best to download a legitimate and reputable anti-malware program to detect and rid your system of ThinkPoint and any related malware files automatically from your PC. Many computer users may experience difficulty accessing a reputable anti-malware program. If that is the case, you can try the following:
- Restart your computer and once it starts to load the Windows desktop try repeatedly pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Task Manager.
- Locate the ThinkPoint process ‘hotfix.exe’ or ‘mstsc.exe’ in the running processes tab in your Task Manager and click ‘End Process’.
- In your Task Manager, select ‘New Task (Run)’, and type in ‘explorer.exe’.
- Install or load a reputable anti-malware tool such as SpyHunter to detect and remove ThinkPoint.
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- The following messages's were detected:
# Message 1 Microsfot Security Essentials Alert
Potential threat details
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 an action.
Click 'Show details' to learn more.
Detected items: Unknown Win32/Trojan
Alert level: Severe
2 The application taskmgr.exe was launched successfully but it was forced to shut down due to security reasons.
This happened because the application was infected by a malicious program which might pose a threat for the OS.
It is highly recommended to install the necessary heuristic module and perform a full scan of your computer to exterminate malicious programs from it.
3 Warning! Database update failed!
Database update failed!
Outdated viruses databases are not effective and can't
guarantee adequate protection and security for your PC!
Click here to get the full version of the product and update
4 Warning! Running trial version!
The security of your computer has been compromised!
Now running trial version of the software!
Click here to purchase the full version of the software
and get full protection for your PC!
Posted: October 18, 2010 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 10/10
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