How to uninstall the Cash adware from your operating system

Also Known As: Ads by Cash
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What kind of software is Cash?

Our researchers discovered the Cash rogue application while inspecting suspicious installers. After analyzing this app, we learned that it is advertising-supported software (adware).

Cash adware installation folder

Cash adware overview

Adware operates by enabling the placement of third-party graphical content (advertisements) on various interfaces. These ads promote online scams (e.g., phishing, tech support, etc.), untrustworthy/harmful websites and apps, and even malware.

Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can perform downloads/installations without user consent - upon being clicked. It is pertinent to mention that any genuine products encountered via these advertisements are most likely promoted by scammers who abuse their affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

It must be mentioned that advertising-supported software might not work as designed (not display ads) if certain conditions are unsuitable (e.g., browser/system specs or user geolocation are incompatible, particular sites are not visited, etc.). Regardless of whether Cash delivers adverts - its presence on a system endangers device/system safety nonetheless.

What is more, this rogue application likely has data tracking functionalities. Targeted information may include browsing and search engine histories, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, finance/banking-related data, etc. The gathered can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like Cash on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Cash
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Detection Names (installer) ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSear), Lionic (Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Sophos (Generic PUA BI (PUA)), Zillya (Trojan.Agent.Script.1721515), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (app) ESET-NOD32 (JS/Chromex.Agent.BM), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Lionic (Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Webroot (W32.Hacktool.Riskware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name(s) Cash soft (process name may vary)
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Adware examples

We have analyzed thousands of adware samples; DietHealthyStrengthEnergy - are a few that are practically identical to Cash, and Cookie Stuffing Browser ExtensionsMega ColorsVideo DownloaderView-Dark - are some of our newest finds within the adware category.

Advertising-supported software usually appears ordinary and innocuous. Users are enticed into download/installation with various "handy" and "advantageous" features. However, these functions rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they ate utterly nonoperational.

How did Cash install on my computer?

Adware is proliferated using "bundling" - packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious supplements. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of inadvertently permitting bundled content into the device.

Additionally, intrusive advertisements are used to spread adware. Once clicked, some of the ads can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.

Advertising-supported software can also have "official" promotional webpages, and it is pushed via scam sites. Users typically access pages of this kind through redirects caused by misspelled URLs, websites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with the ability to open browsers).

How to avoid installation of adware?

We highly recommend researching software products and downloading them from official/verified channels. Furthermore, it is essential to approach installation with care. Hence, we advise reading terms, inspecting possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all additions.

Another recommendation is to be cautious when browsing - since illegitimate and malicious content usually looks harmless. For example, intrusive adverts appear legitimate yet redirect to unreliable/questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If you experience ads/redirects of this type, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Cash, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Cash adware's installer contents:

Official Cash adware installer contents

Screenshot Cash adware's process on Windows Task Manager ("Cash soft" process name):

Cash adware process on Task Manager (Cash soft - process name)

Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Cash adware installer:

Cash adware-promoting website

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Quick menu:

Cash adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Cash adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Cash", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Cash ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Cash did not install its browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, 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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing adware from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cash, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing adware from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removing adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by cash removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cash, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.


declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can decrease browsing quality and system performance. Its presence on a device is also considered to be a significant privacy concern, as this software typically collects private data. Furthermore, adware-delivered ads endorse harmful content that can cause severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to display adverts on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Additionally, some types can force-open webpages and collect private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the profit comes from affiliate programs in the form of commissions for the promotion of various websites, software, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Cash adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate all adware-type apps installed. It must be mentioned that manual removal (without the aid of security programs) might be ineffective. In some cases, even after the adware is (manually) removed - various file leftovers remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, the remaining components might continue to run and cause problems. Therefore, advertising-supported software must be eliminated thoroughly.

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