GasGlance Toolbar FAQ:
Question: I have checked my programs list and have found out that GasGlance Toolbar has been installed before a couple of days. How is that possible if, according to its developers, this app is no longer in the market? I am certainly seeing GasGlanse toolbar injected in each of my web browsers. Do you have an answer or should I contact developer for an explanation?
Answer: Thank you for your question. We have asked our research team to do a research on this program and have just received the results. Apparently, GasGlance Toolbar is spread in a bundle with other freewares, what explains how it might have been installed on your computer if it’s official website is no longer active. This toolbar is just another developers attempt to promote Ask search, so if you see GasGlance Toolbar installed, you must also see Ask search set as your default. In this particular case, we recommend you to check your computer with a trustworthy anti-spyware, such as Reimage, because apparently you have encountered with an untrustworthy freeware, which has transmitted a potentially unwanted application onto your computer.
How can GasGlance affect my web browser?
GasGlance Toolbar is deemed as a potentially unwanted application. It’s another member of the developers toolbar group. This developer is collaborating with the Ask search developers and is engaged in the distribution of this search via thematic toolbars. GasGlance Toolbar virus is the one that is supposed to inform users about the best gas prices. However, if you would visit the official website of this toolbar, you will see a colorful notification saying:
After a number of good years, this product has gone into retirement. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create.
That’s a trick used to make people believe that this app is reliable, but just quitly went old and were taken out of the market, which is not true. According to the recent research, it keeps spreading with the help of freewares. In order to prevent it from settling down on your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers, you have to check each Advanced or Custom installation option of each freeware. Besides, reject installation of GasGlance Toolbar or replacement of default start page, search provider, and a new tab with Ask.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of GasGlance Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
How does GasGlance Toolbar work?
Once installed, the aim of this toolbar is to drop the toolbar on each of the user’s web browsers and replace a homepage and search provider with Ask (home.tb.ask.com and search.tb.ask.com). This way, it gets the chance do display sponsored search results to the user and increase the chance that he/she will visit affiliate website that seeks to boost traffic or increase sales. Unfortunately, when Ask is misused by third parties, in this case, developer and its affiliates, you should take into consideration the risk that GasGlance Toolbar redirects can make you visit unreliable websites, softly saying. Besides, this doubtful toolbar works as a tracker. The cookies it uses are set to gather: PC’s IP address, location, email address, URLs visited, data entered in the websites, clicks, and so on. Therefore, you should take some precautionary measures to prevent redirects, slowdowns, misleading ads and other issues. The best that you can do is to remove GasGlance Toolbar virus from your computer. For that, follow the steps below:
- Uninstall programs that are related to GasGlance Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for GasGlance Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (GasGlance Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.