Spigot Toolbar virus
Spigot Toolbar is potential malware categorized as a browser hijacker similar to Conduit Toolbar that installs as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and browser extension with or without user consent and changes existing internet browser settings of popular internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer and also causes problems relative to the invasion of privacy and system functionality for many users.
Spigot Toolbar changes internet browser settings including the home page and the default, managed, and provided search engines of internet browsers previously mentioned. In turn this causes infected internet browsers to redirect to and start up on unwanted websites and unethical search engines.
Cyber crimes relating to Spigot Toolbar and browser hijacker malware in general include credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. On a much lesser-scale, victims of the Spigot virus (though not an actual virus by definition) have reported excessive email spam, junk mail, and telephone calls from telemarketers and in some cases scam artists. It has been concluded that Spigot Toolbar and similar browser hijackers may collect and distribute sensitive user information, especially user information manually submitted online while Spigot malware is present on the system such as usernames, passwords, home addresses, telephone numbers, credit details, online purchases, social media relations, and more.
If Spigot Toolbar is installed onto your computer system and attached to your internet browser use the free removal instructions further below to eradicate Spigot Toolbar and third-party malware from your computer.
How does Spigot Toolbar infect a computer?
Just like Conduit Toolbar and other known browser hijackers, Spigot Toolbar is often utilized by unethical third-parties who seek to generate easy income off the confusion and misfortunes of internet users. Third-parties have the opportunity to bundle Spigot Toolbar and relative software with their developments including freeware, shareware, codecs, torrents, and even full versions of illegitimate software. In other words, if you recently downloaded content online chances are Spigot Toolbar and other third-party items bundled inside or alongside the recently downloaded content. In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Spigot Toolbar during the installation process of questionable software, but the user decision is often ignored as most distribution points are paid each time they get a new user to install Spigot Toolbar or related software.
Spigot Toolbar malware can also be contracted by clicking links contained in advertisements, compromised social media content, and email spam.
How to remove Spigot Toolbar
- Automatically remove Spigot Toolbar – Scan for and automatically remove Spigot Toolbar and third-party malware
- Manually remove Spigot Toolbar – Uninstall Spigot Toolbar and third-party malware
1. Automatic Spigot Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove the Spigot Toolbar hijacker and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Spigot Toolbar and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Spigot Toolbar and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Spigot Toolbar, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Spigot Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Spigot Toolbar and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Spigot Toolbar
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Spigot Toolbar and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove Spigot Toolbar
Use the instructions to remove Spigot Toolbar add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Spigot Toolbar extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Spigot Toolbar add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Spigot Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.