What is Adware.MAC.Spigot
Adware.MAC.Spigot has been classified as a typical adware infection. The main purpose of these programs is to generate revenue for their developers by showing tonnes of useless ads on your Mac. For that reason, Adware.MAC.Spigot is related to the category of unwanted programs that you should not keep on your computer.
How is Adware.MAC.Spigot distributed
Most often, Adware.MAC.Spigot is installed onto the system via a popular software marketing method called ‘bundling’. This is a deceptive method of distributing unwanted applications by using other programs or updates that you install on your computer.
For instance, when you install a Flash Player update, or other free software, you skip reading the installation steps and fail to notice the other unwanted applications attached to the update. In this way, you literally let the adware enter your Mac without your knowledge or permission.
How to know if your Mac is infected with Adware.MAC.Spigot
Usually, adware enters the system in various forms. They could be fake Chromium-based browsers,toolbars, weather forecast widgets, etc. However, no matter what happens, if Adware.MAC.Spigot is present on your Mac, you will certainly notice it. Your web browser will instantly flood with numerous ads, banners, and pop-ups which will slow down your Internet speed significantly. Besides, your browser will become unresponsive to your commands and you may notice new toolbars or extensions that you’ve not installed onto the system. All the aforementioned is a clear sign that an adware is present on your computer and you should remove it immediately.
How did Adware.MAC.Spigot install on my Mac
As already said, adware infections usually infect your computer via other free software without asking for your permission. This happens when owners of download websites add a ‘download agent’ or ‘custom installer’ which offers installation of additional applications alongside the free software you’ve downloaded. Unfortunately, these additional applications are usually adware.
Another popular source of adware are the intrusive pop-up ads that manipulate users into downloading supposedly useful programs, such as weather forecast widgets, for instance. These apps were made with only one purpose – to generate revenue for their creators.
To avoid installing adware onto your Mac, we advise you to download free software from developers’ websites only and pay close attention to the installation process. Don’t trust Torrent websites or pop-up ads asking you to update software because they could easily deceive you. Also, make sure that you have installed a reliable anti-virus software onto your Mac to keep it safe at all times.
Remove Adware.MAC.Spigot manually
Click on the blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.
Select “Go to folder“
Paste the lines shown below in the opened window and look for adware generated files in the folders to remove them.
Here’s a list of folders commonly used by adware infections:
Adware.MAC.Spigot removal using Activity Monitor
Open your Launchpad, select “Other“, and select “Activity Monitor“ from the list.
Search for any suspicious process name in the Activity Monitor, and if you notice such, double click on it.
Click the “Sample” button in the opened window. An additional window will open and you will see a line starting with “Path:” Select the path of the suspicious process (select the path, then right click over the selection and select “Copy“).
Click on any blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.
Select “Go to Folder…“ from the “Go” menu and paste the path of the suspicious process you copied in the opened window.
Drag and drop the suspicious file from the opened folder to the Trash.
Keep in mind that some adware apps install unwanted extensions onto your web browsers. This is how you can remove them from the different browsers.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Safari
- Open your Safari browser. Click on Safari in the top menu and select “Preferences” from the list.
- Select “Extensions” from the preferences window and remove all suspicious extensions by clicking “Uninstall“.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Google Chrome
Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the three dots symbol. Select “More Tools” from the list and then “Extensions“.
Search for suspicious extensions in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Mozilla Firefox
- Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. Click on the three lines symbol and select “Add-ons“ from the list.
Search for suspicious add-ons in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.