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Adware Removal Guide : Spigot

Published November 7th, 2013 at 5:42 PM EDT , modified June 27th, 2015 at 6:44 AM EDT

CNET Safari extensionsSpigot is an adware company responsible for a number of different adware programs. At one time, CNET’s Download.com site was wrapping a lot of Mac software in a CNET Installer that also installs Spigot’s adware. (See Boycott CNET’s Download.com.) Softonic has also been guilty of distributing Spigot.

Removal

Delete all of the following browser extensions that you find: Searchme, Slick Savings, Amazon Shopping Assistant, Ebay Shopping AssistantDomain Error Assistant. (See Identifications > Examine Browser Extensions for instructions on how to locate your browser extensions.) Not all of these may be present in all browsers.

Move the following items to the trash. Note that, if you don’t know how to locate a file or folder based on the paths that I will give in the instructions, you should read Locating files from paths.

~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.spigot.SearchProtection.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.spigot.ApplicationManager.plist
~/Library/Application Support/Spigot/

You will also need to change the home page and search engine settings in your browser’s preferences.

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