How to remove ThinkPoint (aka Think Point)

How to remove ThinkPoint (aka Think Point)

Oct 22, 2010



If you are unable to run any removal programs, such as Spyware Doctor, or even access your Task Manager due to this virus, then you must try to boot in safe mode or you must try the blocked task manager fix. You should then be able to run a scanner after following either or both pieces of advice.

If you can’t open the Internet or run Spyware Doctor:

  1. Download Spyware Doctor and save it to your Desktop. (If you are unable to download anything, then bookmark this page and skip to step 3.)
  2. Rename the downloaded file to “iexplore.exe
  3. Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (tap F8 while computer is starting up)
  4. Launch Internet Explorer, click on Tools then Internet Options
  5. Click on Connections and then LAN Options
  6. Uncheck the box “Use a Proxy Server for your LAN” and hit OK
  7. Launch iexplorer.exe (The renamed Spyware Doctor file)
  8. Update Malware Definitions and click Scan
  9. Click the Fixed Checked button and Remove Security Suite

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How Did I Get Infected With ThinkPoint ?

warning-spyware-detectedThinkPoint and badware just like it commonly end up on your computer due to the following causes. You will need to uninstall ThinkPoint if you think you’re infected:

  • Freeware or shareware: Many times freeware or shareware is secretly bundled with spyware. It is how the developers earn money for the time they spent. It’s a sneaky, but it’s fairly common.
  • Peer-to-peer software: Do you use a peer-to-peer (P2P) program or other application with a shared network? When you use these applications, you put your system at risk for mistakenly downloading an infected file, including software like ThinkPoint .
  • Questionable websites: Malicious or questionable websites can install programs such as ThinkPoint through security holes and automatic downloads, such as video codecs. If you feel your browser is unsafe, consider using the newest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

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What are Common Signs of ThinkPoint Infection?

  • Slow Computer Performance
  • Annoying Pop-Ups
  • Taskbar Warnings
  • Strange new icons and desktop backgrounds
  • Internet Browsing Re-directs and Hijacks
  • System Crashes
  • High Pressure Marketing Tactics to “Purchase Full Version” of software
  • You will receive phony alerts such as “Spyware Alert! Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy of ThinkPoint and remove spyware threats from your PC.”

How Do I Remove ThinkPoint ?

How to remove ThinkPoint : There are two methods. The manual way and the automatic way. First – if you want to try and remove it manually (and I only recommend this to IT Professionals!) you must disable all related system processes, adjust all related system DLL files and registry files in the LOCAL_HKEY_USER folder, block all related websites, and delete all program files with the ThinkPoint name. Below are the ThinkPoint Removal Instructions.

ThinkPoint Manual Removal Instructions:

Stop ThinkPoint Processes:


Remove ThinkPoint Registry Keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon “Shell”

Remove ThinkPoint Files and Folders:

C:\\Documents and Settings\\User\\Application Data\\hotfix.exe

Note: In any ThinkPoint files I mention above, “%UserProfile%” is a variable referring to your current user’s profile folder. If you’re using Windows NT/2000/XP, by default this is “C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER]” (e.g., “C:\Documents and Settings\JoeSmith”). If you have any questions about manual ThinkPoint removal, go ahead and leave a comment.

How to delete ThinkPoint files in Windows XP and Vista:

  1. Click your Windows Start menu, and then click “Search.”
  2. A speech bubble will pop up asking you, “What do you want to search for?” Click “All files and folders.”
  3. Type a ThinkPoint file in the search box, and select “Local Hard Drives.”
  4. Click “Search.” Once the file is found, delete it.

How to stop ThinkPoint processes:

  1. Click the Start menu, select Run.
  2. Type taskmgr.exe into the the Run command box, and click “OK.” You can also launch the Task Manager by pressing keys CTRL + Shift + ESC.
  3. Click Processes tab, and find ThinkPoint processes.
  4. Once you’ve found the ThinkPoint processes, right-click them and select “End Process” to kill ThinkPoint .

How to remove ThinkPoint registry keys:

warningWarning! Your registry is a vital key to your Windows system. If you plan on making any edits to your registry, you absolutely must backup your registry first in case anything goes wrong. Be forewarnd that a mistake when editing your registry can result in a computer that no longer boots up. These instructions are designed for IT Professionals and PC Experts.

  1. Select your Windows menu “Start,” and click “Run.” An “Open” field will appear. Type “regedit” and click “OK” to open up your Registry Editor.
  2. Registry Editor will open as a window with two panes. The left side Registry Editor’s window lets you select various registry keys, and the right side displays the registry values of the registry key you select.
  3. To find a registry key, such as any ThinkPoint registry keys, select “Edit,” then select “Find,” and in the search bar type any of ThinkPoint ’s registry keys.
  4. As soon as ThinkPoint registry key appears, you can delete the ThinkPoint registry key by right-clicking it and selecting “Modify,” then clicking “Delete.”

How to delete ThinkPoint DLL files:

  1. First locate ThinkPoint DLL files you want to delete. Open your Windows Start menu, then click “Run.” Type “cmd” in Run, and click “OK.”
  2. To change your current directory, type “cd” in the command box, press your “Space” key, and enter the full directory where the ThinkPoint DLL file is located. If you’re not sure if the ThinkPoint DLL file is located in a particular directory, enter “dir” in the command box to display a directory’s contents. To go one directory back, enter “cd ..” in the command box and press “Enter.”
  3. When you’ve located the ThinkPoint DLL file you want to remove, type “regsvr32 /u SampleDLLName.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 /u jl27script.dll”) and press your “Enter” key.

If you wish to restore any ThinkPoint DLL file you deleted, type “regsvr32 DLLJustDeleted.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 jl27script.dll”) into your command box, and hit the “Enter” key.

Did ThinkPoint change your homepage?

  1. Click Windows Start menu > Control Panel > Internet Options.
  2. Under Home Page, select the General > Use Default.
  3. Type in the URL you want as your home page (e.g., “”).
  4. Select Apply > OK.

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