What is this Nagging ThinkPoint Rogue Anti-Spyware Program and How to Remove It?

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thinkpoint-rogue-anti-spyware-programLast week when I booted up my Windows 7 machine I noticed this program called ThinkPoint displayed on my screen and started to get worried because it said I had several ‘files infected’. After further investigating, the situation I found out is that ThinkPoint is a fake security scanner or also known as a rogue anti-spyware application that was more than likely installed from a malicious download.

Little did I know, ThinkPoint was some type of malware that installed itself on my computer possibly from downloading harmful files from the Internet. I later discovered that the file ‘hotfix.exe’ listed in my task manager was related to ThinkPoint. Other security sites were able to confirm this finding. After my failing attempt to remove ThinkPoint from the ‘Programs and Features’ option in the control panel, the ThinkPoint application started to display another popup message that read:

Microsoft 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
Recommendation: Remove
Status: Suspended

By removing ‘hotfix.exe’ manually it did nothing to resolve those annoying popups from ThinkPoint. I knew that if I did not resolve this issue, I would have the biggest headache in attempting to restore all of my system files in the case that my PC became damaged. Basically, I resolved the issue by scanning and removing ThinkPoint and all related files with a trusted spyware remover. Not only did it detect ThinkPoint right away, but it was able to clean my PC of other spyware that I had no idea was on my computer. I was going to attempt to manually remove Think Point but my latest experience in deleting registry entries took up the better part of my day and having to restore my whole hard drive from last months full-system backup.

What is a rogue anti-spyware program such as ThinkPoint?

This is what I learned: Rogue Anti-Spyware programs are essentially fake computer security applications that are designed by hackers to trick us into thinking that the program has detected several parasites that must be removed by a full version of the program. In my recent case, rogue anti-spyware program was ThinkPoint and it offered a chance for me to purchase the full ThinkPoint application as a resolution to the popup notificaitons. The truth of the matter is that by purchasing ThinkPoint, you would not have given ThinkPoint the ability to remove any type of threats that may exist on your computer. Basically, Think Point is not able to remove computer parasites. It is more or less a sham used to extort money from you just like any other rogue anti-spyware application.

Have you experienced a similar situation or noticed the ThinkPoint application installed on your computer? Have you been successful at removing ThinkPoint from your PC?

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