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Ronayne
October 29th, 2010, 07:26 PM
Hello all,

I have just removed a nasty malware/virus thing from my laptop. Don't ever download a "security program" called Thinkpoint. Its a nasty little bugger. Thinkpoint is a fake spyware removal program which is made to look like its a safe program made by Microsoft.

After a while, it will ask you to pay around $90 for protection, but don't pay it.

To remove it, go to:
http://www.spywareremove.com/removeThinkPoint.html

Just thought i'd create a thread so others don't have to go through the same trouble with this virus.

~ Chris, :wave:

norfolksouthern37
October 29th, 2010, 08:48 PM
yea ive removed this twice in the past week at work...

cascaderailroad
October 29th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Something pops up, or you get an E-Mail, and say's: Microsoft and I have a free Spyware removal tool for you ... and you download it ? Be careful out there. If it is free, or spam, it is probably no good.

fran1
October 29th, 2010, 09:23 PM
What did the the title say on the E-mail, just so folk know what to look out for ?
Rubbish like that usually goes automatic in my junk folder and gets deleted without opening.

Ronayne
October 29th, 2010, 10:37 PM
Something pops up, or you get an E-Mail, and say's: Microsoft and I have a free Spyware removal tool for you ... and you download it ? Be careful out there. If it is free, or spam, it is probably no good.


What did the the title say on the E-mail, just so folk know what to look out for ?
Rubbish like that usually goes automatic in my junk folder and gets deleted without opening.

Email? I didn't get an email.

What happened to me was my computer crashed, and upon restart the ThinkPoint virus (disguised as a microsoft update for the anti-virus software on my laptop) showed a list of "viruses" on my operating system. Not knowing much about viruses, and clicked "update".

After a quick look on the internet, I discovered Thinkpoint was the virus.

Oh well, I seem to have kept it at bay.

steve123
October 30th, 2010, 06:15 PM
Really why would you download something like that from an email ?????
come on boys and girls smarten up a bit,,its a no brainer,,never open crap like that from emails,at least first go to microsoft and do a search for the software first
and if not by email then what sites are you going to to get that
regards steve

RRSignal
October 30th, 2010, 06:17 PM
It wasn't an email, but, yeah, people should be savvy enough not to open those anyway.

A lot of these come as ads serviced through legitimate (haha) ad networks. It's very simple to block ads, which greatly enhances security. a small HOSTS file is one method; AdBlock Plus with an Easylist subscription on Firefox is another.

Stationbeem
October 30th, 2010, 08:41 PM
As steve123 says...don't be caught out. That nasty little bugger nearly caught me, but Microsoft essentials stopped it. I use to have Norton installed, but that got to be a bit heavy on resources.

Ronayne
October 30th, 2010, 08:52 PM
Really why would you download something like that from an email ?????
come on boys and girls smarten up a bit,,its a no brainer,,never open crap like that from emails,at least first go to microsoft and do a search for the software first
and if not by email then what sites are you going to to get that
regards steve

As I mentioned in a previous post, my computer crashed, and when I restarted it, the ThinkPoint virus said it was a microsoft "security update" that came up on my computer before the logging in screen.

Downloading it was the only option at the time.

Cloud9
October 30th, 2010, 09:53 PM
sorry this does not have anything to do with your post, I am new here and I am having a problem trying to get a reply to my posts. Can You tell me how to use the portals on Trainz 2006! When my train goes tru the Potals, they do not get anywere from the portals, they just disapear! Hope You can help!

:confused: Cloud9

cascaderailroad
October 30th, 2010, 09:58 PM
The search tab at the top of the forum helps locate threads about Portals. Type in: "Portals". Here is but one, of the many: http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?t=37747&highlight=portals

JCitron
October 31st, 2010, 05:12 PM
yea ive removed this twice in the past week at work...

So have I!

I use Vipre Rescue PC. It has killed 5/5 of the infections so far.

http://live.sunbeltsoftware.com/

John

UP5521
October 31st, 2010, 06:14 PM
thanks for the heads up,I use trend micro internet security on my computer and it showed no viruses so far,just spyware,still in my opinion,the last thing we need is a lethal virus and other computer hazards including spyware,getting in the way of what brought us here in the first place!