PUP.Optional.Spigot is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for a large family of browser hijackers.
Users of affected systems may find that their newtab page has changed and their default search engine is a different one.
PUP.Optional.Spigot extensions are promoted as useful additional search extensions for a specific subject (f.e. file converters).
PUP.Optional.Spigot extensions are usually installed by users themselves due to aggressive and misleading advertising.
Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.Spigot by using real-time protection.
Malwarebytes also blocks the domains associated with these extensions.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.Spigot without further user interaction.
Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. Here’s how to do it.
If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.
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