|Short Description||The application may generate advertisements in the browser – banners, pop-ups, in-text ads.|
|Symptoms||Advertisements with text ‘Ads by ThinkDesktop’.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, shareware download pages.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ThinkDesktop|
Potentially unwanted programs are typically detected by AV solutions as .PUP or .PUA. Such programs may not be malicious by themselves, but when bundled in freeware/ shareware installers, they turn into an issue. Furthermore, AV software often detects malware in such programs. A recent PUP of the sort is ZiperFly. The ThinkDesktop application, however, may be malware-free but if bundled with the wrong product, precautionary measures will have to be taken.
ThinkDesktop may detected as PUP.ThinkDesktop by an anti-malware program. The software publisher of the application may be ThinkDesktop LLC – a company located in Massachusetts, USA. ThinkDesktop LLC is a distributor of ad-supported software.
ThinkDesktop Description and Distribution Method
A ThinkDesktop application has been reported to generate advertisements and interfere with user browsing activities. Ads by ThinkDesktop may appear on widely used browsers such as Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Complaints may refer to a third-party application that is ad-supported, displays ads and collects relevant information from PCs. The application may be designed to run every time the PC is rebooted.
Bundling. Types of Bundling
However, reading the mouse print on setup packages may not be enough. Third party developers may employ silent and unattended installers to monetize their platforms. When an installation is silent, it will happen without the user being notified of it. When an installation is unattended, it will not require the user’s interference at all. These descriptions should serve as food for thought to all users that download freeware from providers such as download.com and softtonic.com.
Remove ThinkDesktop. Security Tips
Since your computer may have suspicious programs installed thanks to packed downloads, your PC’s health may have been affected. Malware, adware or spyware may be hiding in your PC’s memory. To help it heal, you can follow the following tips:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware can disable the browser you have been using extensively. Additionally, it may prevent you from downloading an AV solution to help you scan your system.
- Use an external memory device. If you need to scan your system but don’t have an AV program, use a clean computer to download one. To install it on the affected machine, use the external device.
- Use external memory to back up your data. Since malware can do almost anything to an unprotected PC, it is crucial to back up your files. File encryption is among the top online malicious activities affecting users all around the world.
- Have a look at the detailed removal instructions that apply to Potentially Unwanted Applications such as ThinkDesktop.
1. Remove/Uninstall ThinkDesktop in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall ThinkDesktop.
2. Remove ThinkDesktop from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select ThinkDesktop and click “Remove”
After ThinkDesktop is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select ThinkDesktop to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After ThinkDesktop has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on ThinkDesktop
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ThinkDesktop. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ThinkDesktop will be removed.
3. Use an advanced anti-malware program to scan your computer for any left-over objects such as registry entries and other files after uninstall.