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Remove Spigot Toolbar (Improved Guide) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Spigot – a potentially unwanted program that has been detected as Macos:spigot-ay [pup]

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Questions about Spigot Toolbar

Spigot Toolbar is an application that offers advanced new tab functionality and allows growing revenue from advertising. However, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) has features of adware and a browser hijacker. It might affect all popular web browsers on both Windows and Mac OS X.[1] After the hijack, it might modify browser’s settings and display numerous ads. As a result, it has been detected as macos:spigot-ay and similar.

Summary of the PUP
Name Spigot
Type Adware
Danger level Medium. Can get into the system unnoticed and display potentially dangerous ads
Distribution Software bundling
Affected OS Windows, Mac OS X
Targeted browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.
Symptoms An increased amount of pop-ups and ads, redirects to shady websites, crashing web browser
detected as MacOS:Spigot-X, MacOS:Spigot-AY, MacOS:Spigot-A
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Spigot is a legitimate company that offers digital marketing solutions and designing personalized toolbars to increase customers’ loyalty. While these services might seem useful for business, computer users are bothered by the sudden appearance of the unwanted toolbar that causes browsing-related problems.

The toolbar spreads in freeware and shareware packages, so it’s easy to install it without noticing. After the infiltration, so-called Spigot virus might cause these problems:

  • hijacking web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other ones;
  • replacing default homepage and search engine to Yahoo-based search tool;
  • modifications of Windows registry;
  • redirection to promotional or potentially dangerous websites;
  • system slowdowns;
  • delivery of pop-up ads.

Spigot official websites
Spigot advertising services are promoted on the official website.

One of the main features of the macos:spigot-ay [pup] is to display commercial content on the affected browsers. The application is designed to flood browsers with ads, pop-ups, banners or in-text ads. This activity allows developers generating pay-per-click revenue and help various business owners increase sales or traffic to their sites.

Due to the excessive amount of advertisements, your browser becomes sluggish and often crashes. However, it’s not the only problem. The biggest concerns are related to Spigot redirect problems. The PUP might redirect you to potentially dangerous online places once you click on a shopping offer or other ad.

Spigot Toolbar virus
Spigot Toolbar is promoted in software bundles and might bring other unwanted apps to the system.

PUPs are often exploited by cybercriminals who want to trick users into installing malicious software[2] or revealing sensitive information. Thus, it’s possible that Spigot is used by the same means too. You have to be careful with ads because it can be really hard to separate legitimate ad from the fake one.

Therefore, the appearance of the unwanted toolbar diminishes browsing experience and might increase your chances to catch a serious cyber threat. Thus, if you found it installed on your browser, you should get rid of it immediately. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware helps eliminate the damage that can be seen only after you remove Spigot from the system. 

Spigot removal can be done manually too. However, it might not be easy to locate all adware-related components. If you insist on trying this method, please use a guide created by our specialists. You can find it at the end of the article.

Picture of Spigot Toolbar
Spigot Toolbar might sneak inside the system unnoticed and hijack popular web browsers.

Spigot collects various information about users

Just like any other toolbar, Spigot adware may collect people's search terms, most 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.

Usually, Spigot spyware[3] allows using collected data for targeted advertising campaigns. It means that program might display ads based on your search terms or browsing history. According to various marketing research, users are more willing to click on personalized ads. Thus, authors of the PUP can generate pay-per-click revenue.

However, PUPs might deliver infected ads.[4] Thus, if you do not want to end up on a scam website or unintentionally install malware, you should opt for manual Spigot removal option. The guide presented at the end of the article will show you how to uninstall adware from the operating system and delete all hijacker-related entries from the popular web browsers.

The potentially unwanted program spreads bundled with free programs

Spigot toolbar is available on various file-sharing sites, such as CNET or Softonic. However, this potentially unwanted application is widely spread using software bundling strategy. It allows adding PUP in the software package and spreading it with a primary program.

Spigot adware
Spigot operates as an adware program that displays various pop-ups, banners and other types of ads.

The program has been noticed spreading with Widgi Toolbar, Dealio, PDFCreator and Koyote Soft. However, the list of freeware and shareware might be wider. Thus, users are advised to be careful during the installation process:

  • Select Custom or Advanced installation settings;
  • Read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to avoid installation of pre-installed partner’s software;
  • Uncheck all pre-selected checkmarks that allow installation of browser add-ons, plugins, toolbars, extensions, etc.

We want to point out that Quick or Standard settings do not allow monitoring and adjusting installation settings, but “optional downloads” are usually installed without user’s knowledge and permission. Thus, you should avoid using this setup.

The instructions on how to remove Spigot from the device

When trying to remove Spigot Toolbar manually, 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. Removal guide is available in Russian, German,[5] Finish and other languages too. Thus, check our partners' sites to get instructions in your native language and get rid of macos:spigot-ay [pup].

Spigot removal
The quickest Spigot removal method requires using anti-malware software.

However, if you are not skilled computer user or encountered a cyber threat for the first time, you should opt for the automatic Spigot removal option. It requires scanning the system with anti-malware software and resetting affected web browsers. The guide how to perform the latter step is given down below.

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To remove Spigot Toolbar, follow these steps:

Delete Spigot Toolbar from Windows systems

Follow this guide to uninstall Spigot and other related components from Windows OS computers

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall Spigot Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Spigot Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall Spigot Toolbar from Mac OS X system

In order to remove Spigot Toolbar from Mac OS X, follow this guide:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. 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'

Eliminate Spigot Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset Internet Explorer to terminate hijacker- or adware-related components.

  1. 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'
  2. 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'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. 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

Get rid of Spigot Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Spigot Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Spigot Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

This guide will show you hot to get rid of suspicious components from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. 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'
  2. 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
  3. 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'
  4. 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

Remove Spigot Toolbar from Google Chrome

Uninstall suspicious add-ons that may have been installed to Google Chrome without your knowledge:

  1. 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'
  2. 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
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Spigot Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Spigot Toolbar from Safari

Follow these steps to get back control over Safari:

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions 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
  3. 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...'
  4. 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. tom says:
    January 24th, 2015 at 11:15 am

    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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