What is Search Protection by Spigot?
Search Protection by Spigot is a browser hijacker infection that is related to Spigot toolbar. If you encounter this browser hijacker it means you have downloaded a freeware application that had a setup file for Search Protection by Spigot as well. If you are not exactly sure of what kind of application you have installed on your computer recently, you should scan your system with SpyHunter free scanner and the entire list of potentially unwanted programs (if any) will be presented to you. To remove Search Protection by Spigot you most probably need to terminate the programs responsible for this browser hijacker, and then reset your browser settings to default.
Where does Search Protection by Spigot come from?
Based on our security research, Search Protection by Spigot is a rather old application, because its samples are really hard to find. Spigot itself is a search engine and although it provides users with toolbars, they do not use the Search Protection by Spigot file anymore. What is more, even if you do install Spigot on your computer, it is very unlikely that Search Protection will be installed as well.
It basically means that right now the possibility of getting Search Protection by Spigot installed on your computer is very low. However, just in case it would be a good idea to stay away from freeware applications that are available for download at third party websites. It is also possible for the software to arrive bundled with such applications as µTorrent, BitTorrent or YTD Video Downloader, although the newest versions of these programs are not known to have Spigot.
What does Search Protection by Spigot do?
As far as Search Protection is concerned, it is a mere adware helper that allows other adware applications to modify your browser settings in a way that you are then presented with various pop-up advertisements and what not. If Search Protection by Spigot is installed on your computer, there is a process file running on your system called SearchProtection.exe.
In general, one needs to remove Search Protection by Spigot from his/her computer, because a prolonged exposure to third party commercial content can eventually lead to unwanted personally non-identifiable data leaks or even malware infections.
How to remove Search Protection by Spigot?
Needless to say, that malware infection is an extreme consequence of pro-longed exposure to potentially corrupted content. However, you should not take your changes, and the sooner you remove anything related to Search Protection by Spigot the better. Open Control Panel and remove all the potentially unwanted applications, and then reset your browser settings to default. After manual removal, do not forget to invest in a powerful antimalware tool that would help you ensure your system’s safety. In case you have any questions on how to terminate Search Protection by Spigot or protect your computer, please leave us a comment below.
How to uninstall unwanted programs
- Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Click Settings on Charm bar and go to Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open Start menu and select Control Panel.
- Go to Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.
- Click Start menu button and go to Settings.
- Open Control Panel and access Add or remove programs.
- Uninstall undesirable applications.
How to reset browser settings to default
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Open Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings option and press Reset.
- Click Close.
- Press Alt+H and press Troubleshooting information.
- Click Reset Firefox on a new tab.
- Press Reset Firefox on a pop-up box.
- Click Finish.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Scroll down to Users.
- Highlight your account and press Delete.
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