Spigot Redirect - How To Remove?

Type: Browser Hijacker

Spigot Redirect is a toolbar made by spigot.com. It can be installed to such Internet browsers as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Any company wanting to promote its brand can choose a branded toolbar to be designed. However, this is not the annoying part. Spigot toolbars will change search provider to yahoo or bing for making money from every search a user does. Although the program itself is legal, the way it redirects searches is not useful or desired for many PC users and a good reason to get rid of toolbar.

Spigot toolbars include Dealio, PDFCreator, Koyote Soft, some other applications and Widgi toolbar platform. While some serve legitimate function, we do not recommend using any search engine that was forced upon you by any software.

Since Spigot Redirect toolbars do not give any extra advantage upon performing a search in comparison to the original search engines, it is recommended to remove the toolbar once it is seen in a browser menu. Choose one of the options below:

If you haven’t installed Spigot Toolbar yourself

Usually if a computer user does not install a toolbar, e.g. Spigot, it might be that it got inside a computer using virus infection. Therefore the first thing to do is to perform a full system scan using anti-malware program like spyhunter to determine the cause of infection. Only after you are sure all of viruses related to Spigot Redirect installation are removed, you should follow the steps below.

Go to control panel. Uninstall Spigot Toolbar. It is recommended to remove all other unknown programs that were installed on the same day. Then restore your browser settings.

How to remove Spigot Redirect  from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  1. Click on the arrow on the right of the search box;
  2. Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click on Change search defaults;
  3. Remove Spigot Redirect from the list.

How to remove Spigot Redirect from IE 11:

  1. Click on the Settings icon (top right)->Manage Addons;
  2. Select Search Providers;
  3. Change the default search engine to Bing or Google;
  4. If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.

How to remove Spigot Redirect from Firefox:

  1. Enter “about:config” in url bar. This will open settings page;
  2. Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it;
  3. Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click it and reset it;
  4. Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click it and reset it;
  5. Type “browser.startup.homepage” in the search box. Right click it and reset;
  6. Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab;
  7. If the settings revert and scan with anti-malware programs are clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.

How to remove Spigot Redirect from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on the browser toolbar;
  2. Select Settings;
  3. Select Basics ->Manage Search engines;
  4. Remove unnecessary search engines from the list;
  5. Go back to Settings. On Startup choose ‘Open blank page’ (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too);
  6. If your New Tab page is hijacked, you will have to scan with anti-malware program or use New Tab Redirect extension from Chrome Store.


Automatic Spigot Redirect removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Spigot Redirect, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.


Spigot Redirect screenshots


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November 21, 2012 22:29, May 22, 2014 05:39

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