The Amazon Shopping Assistant is an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It is a form of unwanted software that can display a large count of popup ads without a user’s permission. Moreover, it can reroute the web-browser on harmful and misleading sites. Also, if you seeing that the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge tries to load an unknown site, when you try to open a long-known page, then you do not need to wait! Press the stop button in web-browser’s address bar. Follow the steps below and clean your computer from adware as soon as possible. It will help you to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot and any redirects to advertisements and unwanted ad pages.
The ‘Amazon Shopping Assistant is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s created with the sole purpose to show dozens of advertisements, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open web-browser window. So, the Amazon Shopping Assistant is just one of the many applications of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It is designed to fill the web browser’s constant stream of advertisements, or reroute the web-browser to not expected and intrusive advertising sites. Moreover, the adware can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit harmful pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-sites, so the creators of ‘ad supported’ software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the adware receive income. It is the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
The malicious applications from the adware family that alters the settings of browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, FF, IE and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a web browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the web-browser, instead of your startpage, you will see an intrusive ad web site.
We strongly recommend that you perform the steps below that will help you to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot using the standard features of Windows and some proven free programs.
Table of contents
- What is Amazon Shopping Assistant
- Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot from computer
- How to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant ads without any software
- Delete all adware and other PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Delete Amazon Shopping Assistant pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
- Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant popups from Google Chrome
- Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant from FF by resetting internet browser settings
- Scan your computer and get rid of Amazon Shopping Assistant with free utilities
- How to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant ads without any software
- How to stop any unwanted ads
- How to Amazon Shopping Assistant adware get installed onto system
- Final words
Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot from computer
We can help you get rid of Amazon Shopping Assistant from your PC and web browsers, without the need to take your machine to a professional. Simply follow the removal guide below if you currently have the annoying ad supported software on your computer and want to delete it. If you have any difficulty while trying to get rid of the Amazon Shopping Assistant that causes tons of annoying popup ads, feel free to ask for our assist in the comment section below. Some of the steps will require you to restart your computer or close the web page. So, read this guide carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant ads without any software
The useful removal tutorial for the Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to get rid of this adware let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Delete all adware and other PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads or web browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
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Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all applications installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
Unfortunately, the ad supported software can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your browsers shortcuts}), so that an unwanted ad page will be shown when you launch the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge or another web-browser.
Open the properties of the web-browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected web browser and select the “Properties” option and it’ll show the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field like below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts that have been modified by ad-supported software like Amazon Shopping Assistant usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown on the image below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown on the image below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been altered by adware.
|Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|IE||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is finished, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers that are re-directed to undesired web-pages.
Delete Amazon Shopping Assistant pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
In order to recover all web-browser start page, new tab page and default search engine you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your machine.
First, launch the IE, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as shown below.
When the task is finished, click “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s newtab, home page and search provider by default to default state.
Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant popups from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the adware, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s new tab page, homepage and search provider by default that have been replaced by adware that made to redirect your internet browser to various ad pages such as Amazon Shopping Assistant.
- First launch the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is finished, your internet browser’s new tab page, home page and search engine by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Amazon Shopping Assistant from FF by resetting internet browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the redirect to annoying ad sites.
First, start the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the screen below.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Scan your computer and get rid of Amazon Shopping Assistant with free utilities
Use malicious software removal utilities to remove Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot automatically. The free software tools specially created for hijackers, ad-supported software and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These utilities may delete most of adware from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Moreover, it can remove all components of ad-supported software from Windows registry and system drives.
Automatically remove Amazon Shopping Assistant with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for adware and thereby delete Amazon Shopping Assistant advertisements from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE web-browsers. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on your computer.
Download Zemana antimalware on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the download is finished, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana anti-malware on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, Zemana anti malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the Amazon Shopping Assistant adware that redirects your web-browser to intrusive ad sites. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your system and the speed of your computer. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
Once the scan is finished, you may check all items found on your PC system. In order to delete all items, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana anti-malware will begin removing adware and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the machine.
Automatically remove Amazon Shopping Assistant adware with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine of the adware. The free utility is an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It’s able to help you remove annoying Amazon Shopping Assistant advertisements from your web-browsers, potentially unwanted programs, malware, hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
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Update: November 9, 2017
After downloading is done, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your personal computer for the Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot that causes undesired pop ups. While the application is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
Once the system scan is finished, you can check all threats found on your PC. Review the report and then press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing Amazon Shopping Assistant adware related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video explains steps on how to remove ad supported software and other malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Scan your system and get rid of Amazon Shopping Assistant ads with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that can be downloaded and use to delete Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot that developed to redirect your browser to various ad web sites, browser hijackers, malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your machine. You may use this utility to scan for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Once the downloading process is complete, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is opened, press “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out Amazon Shopping Assistant adware that causes tons of intrusive pop up ads. While the tool is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
- As the scanning ends, it will show a scan report. When you are ready, click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, press “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop any unwanted ads
It is also critical to protect your internet browsers from harmful web-sites and ads by using an ad-blocker application like AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malicious software, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When downloading is done, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial as shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop up ads, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How to Amazon Shopping Assistant adware get installed onto system
Now your PC system should be free of the Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot that causes browsers to display undesired pop-up advertisements. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your computer for new malicious software, browser hijackers and ad-supported software) and AdGuard (to help you block annoying pop ups and harmful web pages). Moreover, to prevent adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Amazon Shopping Assistant popups related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.