SP.exe is associated with Spigot adware, usually bundled with PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and browser hijackers. SP stands for Search Protection and logically it is supposed to be aimed at the safety of your search engine provider. Spigot (SP.exe) runs in the background and searches for any browser settings modifications continually.
|Short Description||Modifies web browser settings, especially, Google Chrome and shows pop-ups and other windows such as ones with notifications.|
|Symptoms||Browsers are tampered with, settings are changed, web pages redirect users.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled packages, other PUPs|
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Spigot (SP.exe) and Spigot Adware – What Do They Do?
Experts warn that Spigot (SP.exe) is in fact linked to a browser hijacker that has been delivered to the affected machine as a part of Spigot adware. So instead of protecting your search engine provider or homepage of any unpermitted changes, Spigot (SP.exe) supports browser modifications performed by adware and browser hijackers. Any attempt to restore the initial settings of your browser will be blocked by Spigot (SP.exe), or if you succeed, they will be saved until the next time you restart your computer.
Spigot (SP.exe) is Not Detected as Malware by Most Anti-Virus Programs
Other versions of this adware may differ a little bit in their behavior but in the end they all have the same effect – they hijack your browser. Experts report that in most cases Spigot (SP.exe) is not detected as malware by AV products. The statistic shows that four out of fifty-six anti-malware tools will identify Spigot (SP.exe) as a threat to your machine. Fact is that Spigot (SP.exe) is not considered as high-level threat because it does not have password stealing features, and it cannot erase any of your files.
How to Remove Spigot (SP.exe) from Your Computer?
However, infections like Spigot (SP.exe) are quite persistent and rather annoying. They may also lead to poor system performance and cause further security related issues. Experts recommend the removal of Spigot (SP.exe) alongside any adware program from your computer. To do so, just follow the steps provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SP.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SP.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SP.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SP.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SP.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SP.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SP.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SP.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SP.exe
Step 2: Uninstall SP.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by SP.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by SP.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SP.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SP.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove SP.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove SP.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SP.exe, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove SP.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase SP.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall SP.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove SP.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the SP.exe will be removed.
Eliminate SP.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.