Thinkpoint Virus Problem

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My main computer got hit by a virus this AM called "ThinkPoint"

I was shopping a vitamin site at the time. Got a window that said something like microsoft security warning and gave me no options but to proceed and then I noticed a program called Thinkpoint has installed itself and in trying to backout of everything because I knew it was bogus my computer rebooted itself.

Long story short after getting a black screen while rebooting (never seeing windows xp loading) I put in my windows disk to see if I could repair...

It tried to repair (not the console repair but a repair windows) it's in an endless loop of getting the windows startup screen then shutting off and rebooting.

It will not boot in safe mode of any kind, jumps back into the loop sequence.

Does anyone have any ideas before I reload windows?

By the way, I'm up to date on Avast but apparently,,it doesn't work with Thinkpoint virus.

Thanks,
Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author bretski
    Have you tried recreating MBR? Not sure if this will get it to boot but at this point you just got a nifty paperweight. (boot into the recovery console and at the prompt just type in fixmbr and then <enter>) This might do the trick and what I would do first...

    If that doesn't work and if you have a bunch of stuff on there that isn't backed up you can try installing XP on the same partition into a different directory. It will bark at you saying that XP is already loaded on it but give you the option to install into a different directory.

    After install you can drag your files over (my documents etc...) and then blow away the old install folder and modify the boot.ini file so it will boot into the new install and you won't have to choose which install to boot to.

    Without the thing booting at all you're kinda hosed... if you can get it to boot using the fixmbr you can remove most stuff with superantispyware and malwarebytes.
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    • Profile picture of the author buckapple
      Hi Bretski,

      the MBR worked, was able to get back in "safe mode" and clean up the mess even know it took all day...malwarebytes cleaned up the final mess after running a couple of times. Thinkpoint is a nasty virus.

      THANKS!!
      Gary
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    • Profile picture of the author Elitegeek
      Originally Posted by bretski View Post

      Have you tried recreating MBR? Not sure if this will get it to boot but at this point you just got a nifty paperweight. (boot into the recovery console and at the prompt just type in fixmbr and then <enter>) This might do the trick and what I would do first...

      If that doesn't work and if you have a bunch of stuff on there that isn't backed up you can try installing XP on the same partition into a different directory. It will bark at you saying that XP is already loaded on it but give you the option to install into a different directory.

      After install you can drag your files over (my documents etc...) and then blow away the old install folder and modify the boot.ini file so it will boot into the new install and you won't have to choose which install to boot to.

      Without the thing booting at all you're kinda hosed... if you can get it to boot using the fixmbr you can remove most stuff with superantispyware and malwarebytes.
      Thanks, it helps a lot. I've encountered this kind of virus too. Bye thinkpoint!
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      • Profile picture of the author bretski
        Glad it worked out for you guys... try running superantispyware too. It is pretty thorough... and free!

        There is some nasty stuff out there these days... mostly trojans, malware, keyloggers etc.
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