Spigot Toolbar. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

Spigot Toolbar is also known as Spigot virus, Spigot hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers
Severity scale:  
  (7/100)

What is Spigot Toolbar?

Spigot is a legitimate company, which offers designing your own toolbar and increasing customers' loyalty in this way. However, if you are in the opposite side of this, you may find this toolbar as a totally annoying application, which is capable of causing unwanted activities on your computer. Mostly, people claim that Spigot Toolbar has invaded their computers without an appropriate permission asked. Yes, it's possible because this program is actively promoted using bundling. Once it does that, this program may alter various system settings and then may hijack each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other ones. After that you may notice continuous Spigot redirections to unknown websites, slow downs, pop-up ads and other unwanted activities. While the most of websites that are promoted using this technique are legitimate, such activity may be quite annoying and may end up on suspicious and very questionable site. Besides, just like any other toolbar, this program may collect people's search terms, mostly visited websites, data that is entered when visiting them, etc. We do NOT recommend ignoring this because you can never know where this personally non-identifiable information can be used.

You may have already heard that some of PC users have found this program on their computers without downloading it. That's because it has been actively promoted using 'bundling'. If you want to protect yourself from that, you should know that there are hundreds of toolbars, browser add-ons, extensions, plugins and other 'optional components' that are promoted using other programs. In order to avoid them, you should use tips that are given in next paragraph. Also, you should remove Spigot Toolbar if it has appeared on your computer without your knowledge. The easiest way to do that is by installing SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware. 

HOW CAN SPIGOT TOOLBAR HIJACK MY COMPUTER?

You can install Spigot toolbar either voluntary or not. It can be installed from the spigot.com website but it has also been reported to come in a bundle with other programs that are usually offered for free. Basically, these programs are known as freeware and shareware. If you want to avoid that, you have to start monitoring installation of the freeware. The easiest way to do that is by selecting Custom or Advanced installation option when installing freeware. In addition, you should uncheck all pre-checked checkmarks that allow installation of browser add-ons, plugins, toolbars, extensions, etc. If this program gets inside the system, it settles down on IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and other web browsers, and starts interrupting its victims' search sessions. While we don't say that Spigot Toolbar is malicious or can give you virus, it uses quite unfair methods on user's computer after being installed. It must be added that it is related to Widgi Toolbar, which has also been included into our data base as potentially unwanted program.

HOW CAN I REMOVE SPIGOT VIRUS?

When trying to remove Spigot Toolbar virus, follow the guide given below. Please, be very careful if you want to use manual removal method because you may remove important components of your PC system. 

Automatic Spigot Toolbar Removal Guide

You can remove Spigot Toolbar automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Spigot Toolbar manual removal

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C089D5FC-CFE2-4BCD-A522-2981448227CE}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C3ABD5A3-E699-4B9F-97FF-25B121A41276 (Default) = IWidgiBHO
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{2DC9C611-D7C2-42A3-9312-BFF512812022} (Default) = IWidgiToolbarHost

Manual Spigot Toolbar Removal Guide

Quick menu:

Step 1: Uninstall Spigot Toolbar and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Uninstall Spigot Toolbar and related programs
  • Here, look for Spigot Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Spigot Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove Spigot Toolbar from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Remove Spigot Toolbar from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Spigot Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Spigot Toolbar removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Spigot Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Spigot Toolbar removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Spigot Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Spigot Toolbar removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Spigot Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Spigot Toolbar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Spigot Toolbar removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Spigot Toolbar removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Spigot Toolbar registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Information added: 03/24/15 04:58; information updated: 03/24/15 04:58

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Comments on Spigot Toolbar

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tom
Could not find anything to remove, but still get hijacked by yahoo search when I type anything into a search within metacafe =( not doing it to youtube, I wonder where all ?
I remember O.K.-ing a spigot before I looked at it, did everything I could think of to remove including removing the think it came from, never O.K. that again, going to clone my bookmarks and delete ALL of firefox, reinstal and hope that helps =(
On a macbook air using firefox 35.0 and OS 10.9.5

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