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ThinkDesktop.PUP Removal Options. PUP Prevention

TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe application may generate advertisements in the browser – banners, pop-ups, in-text ads.
SymptomsAdvertisements with text ‘Ads by ThinkDesktop’.
Distribution MethodBundling, shareware download pages.
Detection toolDownload 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

ThinkDesktop may have entered the PC in a bundled download. It may have been included in a freeware installer under its advanced/ custom setup. Bundled downloads happen when you are in a hurry and don’t pay attention to the product’s EULA, License Agreement, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use.

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 and

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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall ThinkDesktop.
    2. Remove ThinkDesktop from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    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.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate ThinkDesktop and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After ThinkDesktop is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    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.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on ThinkDesktop
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    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.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the (ThinkDesktop)threat: Manual removal of (ThinkDesktop) requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles!

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