I recently had this start happening to me, too. I was originally using the free downloaded one which allowed me to use the firewall to disable and remember specific settings.
I was later offered a trial of the upgraded version. I remember seeing “A lot of our free users asked to have a GlassWire trial of our paid features, so we have enabled a 7 day trial that starts on installation of GlassWire. After the trial ends GlassWire’s security features and blocking reverts to its free status (similar to GlassWire 1.0’s free version).” , and interested in the idea of “asking to connect” functionality, so I decided to give it a spin.
I thought the pro version was good, but I wouldn’t really need the extra features enough to warrant a 6 month key, so I decided to discontinue back down to the original features. Doing so, I lost all of the specific firewall settings I set during the free version, along with losing the free firewall functionality all together. This felt like a big “fuck you” for trying the trial offered.
Along with the others, I too am now looking at an advertisement that I don’t remember seeing during the free version. As if forcing me to delete all of my settings wasn’t enough punishment as it was, I see this popup right after minimizing the program.
Without the original basic firewall functionality offered before, there are no features.
I am concerned if this ad will show up often. Will this be an issue for the future on? If so, I would like to know soon, as I too will promptly be uninstalling this program.