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PoseidonsDeath
11-11-10, 21:49
So recently, my dad accidentally downloaded this Program called ThinkPoint. It's a fake anti-virus that acts like you have viruses so that you'll download the program. It then took over his Wi-Fi, and erased his Internet Explorer, which I didn't even know was possible.

Has anyone else gotten this piece of crap virus, and if so, what did it do to your computer and how did you get rid of it? My dad got rid of it by downloaded multiple legit Anti-Viruses and doing a bunch of scans until they finally found all of the ThinkPoint hidden programs. It's a crazy virus and whoever created it needs to be stopped and have their technology destroyed...*


*Sorry if this is in the wrong Forum, please move it if it's wrong. I just wanted this to be a general chat about the virus, but it might belong in the other forum specifically for this type of thing. Sorry before hand :D

Alpharaider47
11-11-10, 21:54
.22 with hollow-point ammunition.
Seriously.

If you want it to still work though :p Norton Anti Virus is pretty good, it'll get rid of quite a few things or at least point you in the right direction. They also have some stuff on their website that will pretty well eradicate anything on your comp- the downside is that it may take out legit programs. Another thing I've done in the past is reformat the hard drive. It's not fun but that usually takes care of things. Most of what I had didn't actually do anything. However, I never gave it a chance too...

SkyPuppy
11-11-10, 21:58
i have Norton and it's terrible, trust me... >_<

TombRaiderLover
11-11-10, 22:00
I use Microsoft Security Essentials for my anti-virus needs.

Dina_Croft
11-11-10, 22:00
Got it once. But I wasn't logged in at that time, my sister was.

Thank God, her laptop was broken and wasn't online. It would have been infected too.

Plus now all of our computers at home have the Kaspersky antivirus installed. At that time we had an pirated Avast.

Alpharaider47
11-11-10, 22:02
i have Norton and it's terrible, trust me... >_<

Do you keep it up to date? I haven't had any issues with mine.

Tony9595
11-11-10, 22:03
Plus now all of our computers at home have the Kaspersky antivirus installed. At that time we had an pirated Avast.

Pirated avast? I thought it was free. :confused:

Don't ever use Norton, it sucks. A trial version came pre-installed with my laptop, I uninstalled it as soon as I bought it and also downloaded a good browser :p (Opera)

SkyPuppy
11-11-10, 22:03
Do you keep it up to date? I haven't had any issues with mine.

sometimes, lol. i get lazy to update stuff all the time.

Dina_Croft
11-11-10, 22:04
^Pirated avast? I thought it was free. :confused:

Don't ever use Norton, it sucks. A trial version came pre-installed with my laptop, I uninstalled it as soon as I bought it and also downloaded a good browser :p (Opera)

I really don't know if it was free. We got it from PB.

:vlol:

TombOfRaiders
11-11-10, 22:04
I run Opera and it checks downloaded programs for viruses before I use them. I use Kaspersky as my anti-virus. Stuff like Norton 360 and AVG are total junk and give more viruses than it takes off. Just use the ones you know your friends use which are safe and secure. (e.g. Kasperky, Mcafee, etc.)

Haven't downloaded ThinkPoint, but I'll probably download it and look into it's virus code, see how nasty it really is. :p (Me and my friend deal in creating viruses and that)

Alpharaider47
11-11-10, 22:07
sometimes, lol. i get lazy to update stuff all the time.

Hmm maybe that's your problem? What exactly don't you like about it? :p

trlestew
11-11-10, 22:08
I use Microsoft Security Essentials for my anti-virus needs.

Same.

I know I don't download anything risky, but my mom and dad on the other hand... :/

I just hope MSE and Malaware Anti-Malaware will do its job.

Anubis_AF
11-11-10, 22:08
From all the antiviruses out there he downloaded a fake one? :p I mean just by Googling ThinkPoint you get only "How to Uninstall" pages.

SkyPuppy
11-11-10, 22:10
Hmm maybe that's your problem? What exactly don't you like about it? :p

it likes to do background scans every 2 minutes... :/

Alpharaider47
11-11-10, 22:12
it likes to do background scans every 2 minutes... :/

Oh, that's weird. I think you can turn that off. I have mine set to just do a full system scan at night =/

Tony9595
11-11-10, 22:13
From all the antiviruses out there he downloaded a fake one? :p I mean just by Googling ThinkPoint you get only "How to Uninstall" pages.

I wouldn't be surprised if my dad downloaded it to his computer. I can't generalize on this kind of things buy many parents do what one could think as impossible to a PC. :p

TombOfRaiders
11-11-10, 22:15
Has anyone else gotten this piece of crap virus, and if so, what did it do to your computer and how did you get rid of it? My dad got rid of it by downloaded multiple legit Anti-Viruses and doing a bunch of scans until they finally found all of the ThinkPoint hidden programs. It's a crazy virus and whoever created it needs to be stopped and have their technology destroyed...*

lol, the only way that's going to happen is by tracking their I.P Address. :p Which would be impossible through a Heavily infected Fake Anti-Virus Program. But I agree, Hackers and Virus Coders really **** me off...except myself. :D

xXhayleyroxXx
11-11-10, 22:18
I have Mcafee virus protection. Dunno if its any good, I never pay attention to these things :p

Thanks for warning us about this virus though ^_^

lara c. fan
11-11-10, 22:19
Haven't downloaded ThinkPoint, but I'll probably download it and look into it's virus code, see how nasty it really is. :p (Me and my friend deal in creating viruses and that)

It basically stops you being able to boot into your user account on Windows. Comes up with a black screen and a ThinkPoint scan window. Then it tells you you need to purchase the program for about 99.

And you don't just download it... I got it surfing the internet.

I had this one last Saturday. :p

TombOfRaiders
11-11-10, 22:21
I have Mcafee virus protection. Dunno if its any good, I never pay attention to these things :p

Thanks for warning us about this virus though ^_^

:tmb:

It basically stops you being able to boot into your user account on Windows. Comes up with a black screen and a ThinkPoint scan window. Then it tells you you need to purchase the program for about 99.

And you don't just download it... I got it surfing the internet.

I had this one last Saturday. :p

Ah, I see.

xXhayleyroxXx
11-11-10, 22:22
:tmb:

You actually approve? 0_0

TombOfRaiders
11-11-10, 22:25
You actually approve? 0_0

Yes, Mcafee wins.

trlestew
11-11-10, 22:26
...Opinions may vary drastically O_O

I hate McAfee.

Anubis_AF
11-11-10, 22:30
McAfee's a slut.

Lost_Soul
11-11-10, 22:31
Kaspersky. Pay for it, it's so worth it. F-secure is also pretty good. Free anti-viruses are complete **** and you get the updates like a month later than paid ones do. But I've heard the best free one is Avira though. But whatever you do, do NOT use Nod32. Unless you hate your computer.

lararoxs
11-11-10, 22:31
Norton = Resource hog. Biggest piece of junk EVER!
McAfee I wouldn't recommend either.


Kaspersky works wonders. :tmb:

xXhayleyroxXx
11-11-10, 22:31
Yes, Mcafee wins.

Woah, that's a switch :vlol:

xb4b1x
11-11-10, 22:37
Norton = Resource hog. Biggest piece of junk EVER!
McAfee I wouldn't recommend either.


Kaspersky works wonders. :tmb:

Agreed :tmb:

TombOfRaiders
11-11-10, 22:38
Yep yep. Kaspersky's the one I would recommend, safe and secure and kept in a simple schedule.

Chocola teapot
11-11-10, 22:41
Thinkpoint sounds fun.

About as fun as Aids.

Eddie Haskell
11-11-10, 22:45
Norton is no longer an awful beast that clogs up the gears and annoys the crap out of you. I am presently using 5 different internet security suites and the best as far as least noticeable and very effective is AVG with Norton right behind. But I heavily recommend the latest version of Norton 360. Norton completely redesigned their products in '09 and they are now top rated by many important publications. 360 not only protects against internet threats, but it also has software to improve system performance and make your PC run better.

Anubis_AF
11-11-10, 22:48
Thinkpoint sounds fun.

http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/7642/thinkpointintro.jpg

Alpharaider47
11-11-10, 22:53
Norton is no longer an awful beast that clogs up the gears and annoys the crap out of you. I am presently using 5 different internet security suites and the best as far as least noticeable and very effective is AVG with Norton right behind. But I heavily recommend the latest version of Norton 360. Norton completely redesigned their products in '09 and they are now top rated by many important publications. 360 not only protects against internet threats, but it also has software to improve system performance and make your PC run better.

Definitely agree, I'm liking the new interface and all as well. I remember when Norton was really a pain in the ass :p

Encore
11-11-10, 23:54
"Best anti-virus" opinions are like.......


Nevermind. :pi:

Tombraiderx08
12-11-10, 00:24
So recently, my dad accidentally downloaded this Program called ThinkPoint. I could swear my mom tried to download that once O_O. It's a supersecret virus created to target technologically challenged parents (ya never know). But, I'm glad he got it taken care of! I've heard really good things about "kaspersky", i think it's called. :tmb:

trlestew
12-11-10, 01:05
I could swear my mom tried to download that once O_O. It's a supersecret virus created to target technologically challenged parents (ya never know). But, I'm glad he got it taken care of! I've heard really good things about "kaspersky", i think it's called. :tmb:

:vlol:

So true :o

Mr.Burns
12-11-10, 01:38
From all the antiviruses out there he downloaded a fake one? :p I mean just by Googling ThinkPoint you get only "How to Uninstall" pages.


Well, not to be disrespectful to the OP's dad, not everyone is as sharp as a ginsu knife. :p

Johnnay
12-11-10, 01:41
i have Norton and it's terrible, trust me... >_<

yep.. its a resource hog, and so is Mccafee

Kapsersky wins by far, Avast and Avir are good:D

Anubis_AF
12-11-10, 01:48
Well, not to be disrespectful to the OP's dad, not everyone is as sharp as a ginsu knife. :p

On the contrary, doesn't require sharpness. Just Google.

PoseidonsDeath
12-11-10, 04:11
From all the antiviruses out there he downloaded a fake one? :p I mean just by Googling ThinkPoint you get only "How to Uninstall" pages.

It's a virus that will come up with some "LimeWire" downloads. It just randomly pops up. He didn't intentionally download it. He already had Norton.

Andyroo
12-11-10, 04:25
I use Norton, it's the only one I know and trust. It works exactly how I want an anti-virus program to work, and isn't a 'resource hog' at all.

For a little while I also had 'Mcafee', but it was just crap.

I never even heard of this 'Kaspersky' until I saw the ad on tv with Jackie Chan, and I ain't going to use it just because he says so.

EscondeR
12-11-10, 07:11
^ Well, it may be not so popular downunder :ton: But it's a matter of checking, not believing blindly (if you hate Jackie Chan :p)...

Mystery-King
12-11-10, 09:50
Microsoft Security Essentials suits me just fine tbh. AVG was just being a pile of poop and Avast was too mind-boggling. O_o

And just so anyone else doesn't get caught out, don't even think about downloading a program called SecuritySuite either. It does the same thing! :O

sandygrimm
12-11-10, 09:54
I got NOD32 on the laptop and my PC and I cannot complain it has ever failed me. Had Norton once but it was sooooo slow and always had some bugs with me.
NOD alway shows any virus from anywhere, cleans nicely, doesn't take much space. I'm happy with it :)
But I can't say I had to deal with any major visrus infection. I learned my lesson a long time ago to be careful what I download. :p

The Great Chi
12-11-10, 11:27
I always keep my personal information and programs on backup using a lot of 4GB USB memory sticks.

If I get a really severe virus that I cannot sort, ie, the worst case senario, I have had two such incidents since I bought this computer, then I....

Re-format my 'C' hard drive and rebuild the computer software again from scratch, using the hidden partition which contains windows and other programs (reverts the computer back to origional factory settings).

Then I use my memory sticks to add my own backuped programs.

Sorted :D .... but it takes a day at least, to get it all up and running again.

TombRaider4444
12-11-10, 13:54
Eh hem i'm on a mac bro!

tampi
12-11-10, 14:10
Nod32 and Microsoft Security Essentials here.
But I have that "Satan Virus" in my real intestine.

If I eat my motherboard, will I heal? :confused::p:tea:

Liara
12-11-10, 14:32
I got NOD32 on the laptop and my PC and I cannot complain it has ever failed me. Had Norton once but it was sooooo slow and always had some bugs with me.
Same here. NOD's scan for viruses is fast too. The only thing that bugs me is that everything lags when it automatically updates, but that's probably because my PC is pretty old.

Lost_Soul
12-11-10, 18:45
Same here. NOD's scan for viruses is fast too. The only thing that bugs me is that everything lags when it automatically updates, but that's probably because my PC is pretty old.

It probably scans fast because it can't find anything anyway. There was an anti-virus test last year I think. Where Kaspersky, F-secure and Norton found all viruses (there were about 2000 on the infected computer they tested on) and Nod found like 500. So your computer may be infected, you just might not know about it. My aunt has Nod32, her computer seems fine(just slow, obviously) but everyone else that connects theirs on it gets a horde of viruses. I got like 10 when I took pictures from it with my flash drive (last time I do that)
Try an online F-secure scan just to be sure? ^^

Alpharaider47
12-11-10, 18:50
Eh hem i'm on a mac bro!

Doesn't mean you can't get a virus too :whi:

^^ Depends on if you're doing quickscan or full system. Full System takes awhile, but usually catches everything. In my experience anyways.

Anubis_AF
12-11-10, 18:53
If I eat my motherboard, will I heal? :confused::p:tea:
:vlol:

TombRaider4444
12-11-10, 19:04
Doesn't mean you can't get a virus too :whi:

^^ Depends on if you're doing quickscan or full system. Full System takes awhile, but usually catches everything. In my experience anyways.

Actually I wont catch viruses unless i torrent or download porn apps or something because for a trojan to take effect it requires the administrator password to modify any of the: system or library folders

ggctuk
12-11-10, 19:06
So recently, my dad accidentally downloaded this Program called ThinkPoint. It's a fake anti-virus that acts like you have viruses so that you'll download the program. It then took over his Wi-Fi, and erased his Internet Explorer, which I didn't even know was possible.

Has anyone else gotten this piece of crap virus, and if so, what did it do to your computer and how did you get rid of it? My dad got rid of it by downloaded multiple legit Anti-Viruses and doing a bunch of scans until they finally found all of the ThinkPoint hidden programs. It's a crazy virus and whoever created it needs to be stopped and have their technology destroyed...*


*Sorry if this is in the wrong Forum, please move it if it's wrong. I just wanted this to be a general chat about the virus, but it might belong in the other forum specifically for this type of thing. Sorry before hand :D

ThinkPoint is another name for MS AntiVirus or AV Security Suite. I have had the former three times before. It is possible to get them so easily because the people distributing these viruses, or more accurately, scareware 'anti-virus' programs, have figured out that they no longer need you to click on a link to infect your computer. There are means and methods of doing it, but the most common is an exploit in Internet Explorer (my reason for transitioning to Firefox). The next one is them using adverts to redirect you to the infected site (you don't even have to roll over the advert). They disable your legitimate antivirus programs and prevent you from running most legitimate programs making removing them a pain in the rear. Malwarebytes is the best solution to getting rid of them.

lara c. fan
12-11-10, 19:33
I could swear my mom tried to download that once O_O. It's a supersecret virus created to target technologically challenged parents (ya never know). But, I'm glad he got it taken care of! I've heard really good things about "kaspersky", i think it's called. :tmb:
Hey, do I count as a technologically challenged parent? :p
I didn't even do anything... :p
It's a virus that will come up with some "LimeWire" downloads. It just randomly pops up. He didn't intentionally download it. He already had Norton.

You just had it do that? Think yourself lucky...