Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is ScreenGlaze?
Developed by Client Connect Ltd, ScreenGlaze is a dubious a dubious application claiming to provide additional computer screen saver options. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, ScreenGlaze is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by ScreenGlaze to install without users' permission.
Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install ScreenGlaze when downloading free software from freeware download websites.
After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, ScreenGlaze generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
ScreenGlaze displays various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, pop-up, interstitial, in-text, and display ads, all of which can lead to further computer infections. Additionally, this PUP tracks information including Internet Protocol addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, cookies, and other details.
This information may be personally identifiable and such behavior can result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. ScreenGlaze provides a different type of screen saver that contains a search bar.
This PUP provides no real value - it is developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements, sharing collected data with third parties, and redirecting users to various websites by using its search bar. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall ScreenGlaze from your system.
Research shows that ScreenGlaze (plus many other similar applications such as RapidCheck, SpeedItApp, and PaceItUp) is distributed using small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites including download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.
Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') programs or browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To prevent this situation, pay close attention during download of free software and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, when installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If your computer is infected with ScreenGlaze, and you observe intrusive online ads, follow this removal guide to eliminate adware from your system.
Deceptive freeware installers used in ScreenGlaze adware distribution:
Screenshot of ScreenGlaze screensaver:
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- What is ScreenGlaze?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ScreenGlaze application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ScreenGlaze adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ScreenGlaze ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by ScreenGlaze' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ScreenGlaze extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ScreenGlaze adware 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 "ScreenGlaze", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes ScreenGlaze ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove ScreenGlaze adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, ScreenGlaze did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by screenglaze, 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 "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by screenglaze, 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by screenglaze 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 ads by screenglaze, 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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