Ads by Glass Bottle
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Glass Bottle?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Glass Bottle is a rogue browser extension claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and other functions. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Glass Bottle is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Glass Bottle employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, Glass Bottle generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including banner, interstitial, transitional, search, pop-up, and full-page ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Glass Bottle continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information such as IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other similar details that are likely to be personally identifiable.
This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred PUPs identical to Glass Bottle. For example: number ascend, knowledge gains, newer version, and package return. Neither Glass Bottle, nor any of these other browser plug-ins, provide any real value for the user.
This company releases identical browser extensions under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. The purpose of these extensions is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads (commonly marked as 'Ads by Glass Bottle'), and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Glass Bottle from your Internet browsers.
Research shows that most adware is distributed via small 'download programs' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc.) on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com and many others.
Download programs are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
Installation of Glass Bottle can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional applications is offered.
Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have installed Glass Bottle, and you experience 'Ads by Glass Bottle', 'Glass Bottle Deals', and 'Powered by Glass Bottle' advertisements when browsing the Internet, follow the instructions below to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in glass bottle adware distribution:
Glass bottle adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Glass Bottle'):
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- What is Glass Bottle?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Glass Bottle application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Glass Bottle ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Glass Bottle adware from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Glass Bottle advertisments from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Glass Bottle adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Glass Bottle 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 "Glass Bottle", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Glass Bottle ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Glass Bottle adware from 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 "Glass Bottle", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the glass bottle adware, 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 "glass bottle", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the glass bottle adware, 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 "Glass Bottle".
Computer users who have problems with glass bottle adware 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 glass bottle adware, 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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