What is Spadecast?
Spadecast is a potentially unwanted application created by SuperWeb LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. This browser extension claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by displaying website trust ratings, enabling coupons and comparison shopping, and adding other useful features.
Although this functionality may seem legitimate, users should be aware that Spadecast is categorized as adware since installs on Internet browsers using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional potentially unwanted applications along with the chosen software).
After successful infiltration, Spadecast generates various intrusive advertisements including text link, banner, search, interstitial, transitional, and full page ads.
In addition, this browser extension tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording diverse information such as URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, browser details, unique identifier numbers, IP addresses, and other private information.
The presence of Spadecast or other similar adware on your system may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections. Spadecast is identical to other rogue browser extensions developed by SuperWeb LLC including, for example, Mokiray, NetTock, Fralimbo, Lookinglink, and CommonShare.
This company releases identical browser plug-ins under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Neither Spadecast nor any other of these browser extensions add any real value for the user - their main purpose is to generate revenue by displaying intrusive online advertisements.
Most current freeware download websites (such as soft32.com, download.com, softonic.com, and many others) use 'download managers' to monetize their free services. Download managers are small programs offering installation of promoted browser extensions along with the chosen free software.
Reckless download and installation of such freeware may result in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of Spadecast or any other similar potentially unwanted applications, inspect each download step and decline installation of any bundled browser add-ons.
When installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any additional applications listed for installation along with the chosen software, and you will be able to decline installation of these.
Computer users who observe "Powered by Spadecast", "Spadecast Deals", or "Ads by Spadecast" advertisements should follow this removal guide to eliminate Spadecast adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is Spadecast?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Spadecast application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Spadecast add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Spadecast plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Spadecast extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Spadecast extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Spadecast Virus removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Spadecast", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes the Spadecast Virus), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Spadecast Virus from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Spadecast", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the spadecast ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Spadecast", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the spadecast ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Spadecast".
Computer users who have problems with spadecast ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the spadecast ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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