How to Get Rid of ThinkSmart Antivirus? Eliminate and Remove ThinkSmart Antivirus Fake Antivirus Completely How to remove ThinkSmart Antivirus? Remove ThinkSmart Antivirus manually.
ThinkSmart Antivirus is not a Real Antispyware Program but itself a spyware, more precisely a new kind of rogue antispyware program from the same family ofÂ Think Point.Â The only difference being the core files are modified a little bit and the name is changed to hide it's detection by legitimate Antivirus programs installed on your PC.
This program is distributed with the help of trojans. When the trojan is started, it will automatically download and install ThinkSmart Antivirus onto your computer without your consent and knowledge and configure it to run when you start Windows.
When ThinkSmart Antivirus is started, it will imitate a system scan and detect a lot of various infections that will not be fixed unless you first purchase the program. Important to know, all of these reported infections are fake and don't actually exist on your computer! So you can safely ignore the scan results.
While ThinkSmart Antivirus is running, it will block the ability to run any programs as a method to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malware.
The following warnings will be shown
Exe file is corrupted and can't be run. Hard drive scan required.
Scan Hard Drive
ThinkSmart Antivirus also displays following fake critical error alerts.
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.
Understand these are all fake alerts and make sure you do not take any action on these warning messages. Follwo the below instructios to clean up these fake antivirus alerts.
How to remove ThinkSmart Antivirus manually
Remove the following files and registry entries. If you do not have sufficient expertise in dealing with computer files, folders, processes, DLL files, services & registry entries, please take help from some one who can does this for you because manual deletion is a cumbersome process and does not always ensure that the deletion of the spyware antivirus is complete
Other wise Get Reimage key by going to PC Reimage in order to remove ThinkSmart Antivirus.
Impacted Registry Entries, Files and Folders.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = "0"
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnPostRedirect" = "0"
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%LocAppData%\antispy.exe"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\hotfix.exe"
Files & Folders
File Location Notes:
Windows 2000/XP - C:\Documents and Settings\
Windows Vista/7 - C:\Users\
And now coming back on How to Get Rid of ThinkSmart Antivirus, you need a solid program to fix the damages, the rogue has caused. It alters files, folders,permissions and registry keys completely....to revive your PC from malicious trojans that may still reside and make your PC slow and to stop from getting re-infected.
In order to get rid of ThinkSmart Antivirus completely, start your PC in safe mode with networking,
If you can`t run the IE, then you should repair the proxy settings of Internet Explorer.
Run Internet Explorer,
Click Tools -> Internet Options
Select Connections Tab
Click LAN Settings button.
Uncheck "Use a proxy server" box. Click OK.
And go to http://pcreimage.cz.cc/ to run a Scan.
Reimage works by comparing each and every OS system files with the correct files from a web repository of 25 million Windows components. (since Reimage works by comparing with correct file, it can easily find the hiding rootkit, infact this is what a rootkit remover doâ€¦â€¦dumps a list of files from your hard disk drive and compares it with the list from the recovery console in order to find a hiding virus) This is the sole reason you can get a PC as good as new once you run Reimage, all other antivirus and antimalware programs just delete the virusâ€¦.but they don't correct the damageâ€¦which results in re-infection and slow performing PC.
Reimage first scans your computer thoroughly; all the files, folders, registry keys and values, drivers, softwares, stacks and then either repair or remove those stuffs that should be there. But it's not just that it does. They have an enormous web repository of application, drivers, system objects, etc. from where they compare your PC's files and if corrupted replace it with the healthy ones.About the Author:
Mike J Bennett is a Software System Architect, who has more than 15 years of experience. He has wide knowledge on System Security. Mike also has great interest in sports, fitness and games.