Read this post to learn how to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot from your computer fully and how to protect yourself in the future as well.
The earlier detected Amazon Shopping Assistant browser extension for Google Chrome has been reported to still cause issues and still be spread on unsuspecting users’ computers. The potentially unwanted application (PUA) has been reported to perform various activities, which result in bad performance of the affected computer. Among them are included tracking of your browsing history, online click history, IP address and geo location as well as running processes in the background of your system and heavily modifying your web browser settings as well as displaying various types of advertisements. Read this article if you want to remove the Amazon Shopping Assistant “virus” completely from your computer system.
How Does Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot Enter Your System?Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot enters mainly via other free programs users download. Freeware is usually bundled with various programs, most of which are PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). As a result, users end up with unwanted software in their system. In order to protect your PC from such unwanted programs, be alert when downloading freeware from the Web. Watch closely the installation process and disable all unfamiliar features and settings and disallow the bundling option. This way, you will download only the program you want.
What Does Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot Adware Do?Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot Ads can be generated on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. They can be presented in various forms: pop-up, banner, in-text, interstitial, etc. Most often they will show deals promotions, and coupons. What is more, these offers can also be related to your browsing behavior. Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot can monitor your browsing activities and use the collected information to present targeted advertisements. Although the ads may seem as though they will try to help you save money, clicking on them should be avoided. Keep reading to find out why.
What Are the Risks of Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot?
The problem with Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot is that they are likely to mislead users. The program can be exploited by cyber criminals to show fake ads that lead to malicious websites. Landing on such a page can be quite dangerous. It is possible that your computer will immediately become a target for malware attacks. A phishing scheme may also be set up. This will try to trick you into sharing your personal and possibly your financial information, which will go directly to cyber criminals.
How Did I Get Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot on My PC?
Despite having an official website, Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot does not rely on it for distribution. In fact, it is not even available for download on the website. However, as a typical adware program, Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot can be found on freeware installers. These will be ones available on third-party websites. With this method of distribution, Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot is able to enter PC’s without being noticed. Here are a few tips to avoid bundled downloads:
- Do not download free programs from third-party websites.
- The information presented by the installer should be read carefully.
- Opt for Advanced/Custom installation. This will give you the opportunity to prevent additional programs from being installed.
How to Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot?
Removal of Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigotshould be performed immediately after it has been discovered on your computer. To do that, you can uninstall it manually. This does not take much effort. All you need to do is go to Control Panel, then open up the list of programs, find Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot, and uninstall it. It is important to note that this may not be the only adware program that has snuck into your PC. So try to find any others and uninstall them, as well. Also keep in mind that some infections may have managed to infiltrate your PC if you have clicked on any of the ads. Because of this, the best thing to do is acquire a powerful security program. It will clean your system and prevent future security breeches.
Booting in Safe Mode
1) Hold Windows Key and R
2) A run Window will appear, in it type “msconfig” and hit Enter
3) After the Window appears go to the Boot tab and select Safe Boot
Cut out Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot in Task Manager
1) Press CTRL+ESC+SHIFT at the same time.
2) Locate the “Processes” tab.
3) Locate the malicious process of Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot, and end it’s task by right-clicking on it and clicking on “End Process”
Eliminate Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot‘s Malicious Registries
For most Windows variants:
1) Hold Windows Button and R.
2) In the “Run” box type “Regedit” and hit “Enter”.
3) Hold CTRL+F keys and type Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot or the file name of the malicious executable of the virus which is usually located in %AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming% or %SystemDrive%.
4) After having located malicious registry objects, some of which are usually in the Run and RunOnce subkeys delete them ermanently and restart your computer. Here is how to find and delete keys for different versions.
For Windows 7: Open the Start Menu and in the search type and type regedit > Open it. > Hold CTRL + F buttons > Type Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot Virus in the search field.
Win 8/10 users: Start Button > Choose Run > type regedit > Hit Enter -> Press CTRL + F buttons. Type Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot in the search field.