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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, macos:spigot-x, and similar.

Summary of the PUP
Name Mac Os Spigot virus
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 Mac Os 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 websitesSpigot 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 to generate 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 Mac Os Spigot virus redirect problems. The PUP might redirect you to potentially dangerous online places once you click on a shopping offer or other ad.

Spigot Toolbar virusSpigot 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 ads 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 ToolbarSpigot 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 the 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, the 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 a 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 a software bundling strategy. It allows adding PUP in the software package and spreading it with a primary program.

Spigot adwareSpigot 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 the user’s knowledge and permission. Thus, you should avoid using this setup.

The instructions on how to remove Mac Os Spigot  virus from the device

When trying to remove the Spigot Toolbar manually, follow the guide given below. Please, be very careful if you want to use the 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 removalThe quickest Spigot removal method requires using anti-malware software.

However, if you are not a 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 on 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

To remove Spigot Toolbar from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Spigot Toolbar (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

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.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Spigot Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Spigot Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Spigot Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Spigot Toolbar-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Spigot Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Spigot Toolbar and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Spigot Toolbar did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Spigot Toolbar removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Spigot Toolbar from Google Chrome

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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Spigot Toolbar by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Spigot Toolbar-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Spigot Toolbar removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Spigot Toolbar from Safari

Follow these steps to get back control over Safari:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Spigot Toolbar and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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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