Glass Bottle Ads Overview
READERS! COMMENCE HERE, PLEASE! If you are reading this message, you have been infected with a virus of the adware (the term is of course coming from malware and ad). This type of threat is well-known for employing several cheap tactics aimed at unsuspecting users. We are hoping to make you a suspecting user, and help you avoid getting your PC filled with more and more viruses. Because in the end, that is one of the primary goals Glass Bottle Ads has – it wants to promote certain websites, so it makes sure that even if you remove it, you will continue receiving ads. That serves as evolutionary procreation, if you will. To that effect the virus will show you:
- Messages about missing plugins on different websites.
- Fake thumbnail updates for Java and Flash Player
- Sometimes Glass Bottle Ads can pose as an anti virus program that wants to scan.
Our recommendations is to ignore all messages and cues you see until you’ve dealt with the malware. Since this can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, this shouldn’t pose and especially big problem.
Other effects associated with Glass Bottle Ads include:
Browser crashing and stuttering – especially on older machines which can be truly damaged if you are not careful. This effect can be partially alleviated by reducing the number of tabs and windows you have open.
General sluggishness of the PC. Your processors are forced to create and overlay the advertisements, which are not part of the page’s structure. That creates even more difficulties for the system.
You will likely be redirected to other websites with no relation to the ads if you click on them. We caution against this, as these websites are affiliated to the people who created the virus, so it is expected they are malware filled as well.
How To Avoid Glass Bottle Ads (And Other Malware)
Glass Bottle Ads has 4 universally recognized ways for entering systems. Knowing them is basically knowing the enemy, because the thing adware use the most, is the element of surprise. The first two ways – spam email and corrupted links – are pretty much self-explanatory. The only note I can give here is my personal recommendation to buy an anti-virus program. The other 2 ways these things can infect you is through fake programs or freeware. Fake programs are generally the most widely-used method, especially if dealing with torrent trackers. They are fake advertisements, torrents, books – basically anything that can make you download a thing like Glass Bottle Ads. When you run them they start installing a virus. If something like this happens, react quick, start the task manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL on most machines) and stop the process of the setup. Freeware programs on the other hand are quite tricky. The only way to spot if they are bundled with a virus, is to carefully monitor the installation.
How to Remove Glass Bottle Ads
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Glass Bottle Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Glass Bottle Ads . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Glass Bottle Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Glass Bottle Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Glass Bottle Ads. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.