I wrote this article to help you remove Adcash.com. This Adcash.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If you see ads by Adcash.com or you get constantly redirected to Adcash.com, we have some bad news for you. Your computer is infected with adware. The Adcash.com adware has one goal – to make money for its owners. It does so by using an aggressive marketing campaign which lures its victims into impulsive actions. This malicious app will bombard you with all sorts of ads, banners, pop-up alerts and so on. Soon, every time you click on a link, an additional tab will open in your web browser.
The main task of the Adcash.com adware is to make money for its owners. To do so, it employs a pay-per-click mechanism. This method is used by all big search engines, however, the Adcash.com adware does not have any mechanism that checks what is being promoted. Anyone willing to pay can use the application for promoting anything. Furthermore, the adware blocks all ads by its competitors. When this utility is installed on your computer, you should not trust anything you see on your screen. The deals you see do look good, especially since you cannot see what the competitors of Adcash.com offer.
The ads by Adcash.com are not trustworthy, neither are they safe. The Adcash.com adware can expose you to malicious ads. If you click on them, you may get redirected to an infected website. There, a drive-by download can compromise your computer with malware. This type of download starts without the user’s interaction. It is almost completely invisible to the user and, therefore, often used for virus distributions. Don’t risk your security. Delete this intruder before it’s too late.
You may have noticed that all ads displayed by the Adcash.com adware have something to do with your hobbies, interests or needs. This is because the malicious app knows what you are looking for. It monitors your online activities and collects data about you. The adware will use it to select adverts that will appeal to you. Once it has sufficient information, it will send the data to its owners. Those people can do whatever they want with the data. Including sending it to third parties or using it to target you with even more ads.
Be extremely careful what you do online while this pest lurks on your computer. It is capable of stealing your user names and passwords, so don’t log into any banking services or social media. Can you imagine what can happen if such information gets in the hands of a capable hacker? Yes, that’s right. The owners of the adware can sell the collected data to anyone, including hackers.
All those issues aside, the ads displayed by Adcash.com are extremely annoying. All kinds of pop-up alerts, coupons, great deals and video ads are interrupting your normal browsing sessions. The more time this parasite remains on board, the more aggressive the ads will become. Furthermore, your computer will become slower. This is because the malicious app is working on your CPU. It also uses a lot of RAM. The more ads it displays, the more RAM is consumed. This can slow your computer down to a crawl and cause your system to crash. You don’t need to put up with that. Detect this intruder and delete it on the spot!
After all this talk about the Adcash.com adware being installed on your computer, you must be wondering how did it happen. Well, you installed it. You don’t remember doing it because the shady utility tricked you. Developers tend to hide additional programs in the installation files of some legit freeware and shareware. During the installation process, the user will face two installation methods: a standard one, which is also the recommended one, and an advanced/custom installation which is presented as suitable for IT gurus only. There is nothing advanced in the custom method. Only under it can the user see all extra apps and deny their installation.
Of course, there are many other adware distribution methods. Some of them are: spam emails, torrents, corrupted links and messages. The key to having an infection-free computer is caution. Before installing anything, take some time to read the terms and conditions/EULA. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, abort the installation immediately. When you receive an email from a stranger, check their coordinates before downloading any attached files.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Adcash.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.