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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission


You probably got TwistGrips after clicking a fictitious download button while browsing a torrent website. It is advisable to remove this program, because it is an adware application that is bound to frustrate you by displaying vast numbers of advertisements. We want to advise you that you should not keep this application on your computer, because the third-party advertisements are unreliable. It must also be mentioned that this program has the ability to track and collect information about your browsing activities. TwistGrips is not a major threat to your computer’s security, but there is a slight risk of your computer becoming infected with additional malware. So if you want to avoid that and enjoy ad-free browsing, we invite to read what we have to say about this application.

TwistGrips is based on the so-called JustPlugIt platform, developed by the infamous company JustPlug It Ltd. This developer has achieved great success in the adware development business, mainly due to its versatile adware platform and business approach. This developer has a website at, where it advertises its services. The JustPlugIt platform enables the developer’s clients to create their own custom adware applications that are compatible with Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. The clients can publish their program on their own or ask JustPlugIt to do it for them. So TwistGrips is distributed mainly on torrent websites. However, you may also find it on various websites that distribute illegal, copy-protected material. It must be said that TwistGrips is also a so-called semi-random name application, which means that it might randomize the upper case and lower case letters in its name.

TwistGrips is unreliable, because its developers are not responsible for the content promoted by their application. JustPlugIt fails to endorse the ads, because they probably know that some of them might promote misleading and fake advertisements. We seldom know the true identities of advertisers who use these kinds of services. Therefore, we are inclined to refer to them as unreliable - and with good reason. TwistGrips has numerous clone applications, such as MetroCleaner, Dealsy, CostItApp, and StreamX. We have observed malicious behavior when analyzing some of them. In one instance we found a banner that posed as a system message. The message read that the computer is under threat from malware, even though it was malware free. The message suggested downloading an antimalware scanner, which turned out to be fake. For this reason, you cannot trust TwistGrips or its counterparts.

Another important aspect we need to discuss is the program’s ability to track and collect information about your browsing preferences. The developers might get hold of information regarding your approximate geographical location, browsing and search history, and so on. This information is bound to be used for marketing and advertising purposes in order to personalize the ads. The information can also be shared with third-parties which is worrying as well.

Adware programs are more than just irritating. They can pose a significant enough threat to result in your computer becoming infected with various kinds of malware. You should avoid that, because this malware will, at the very least, slow your computer down and obstruct your browsing. Even though information collected by TwistGrips is non-personal, you should not give it away to those who will misuse it for personal gain. We suggest that you remove TwistGrips as soon as the opportunity arises using our removal guidelines.

Uninstall TwistGrips via the Control Panel

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find TwistGrips.
  5. Click the Remove button.

Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

  1. Open the Start Screen.
  2. Type Uninstall in the search box and then go to Settings.
  3. Click Uninstall a program found in the search results.
  4. Find TwistGrips.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Find TwistGrips.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.
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