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Remove Ads by Currency and Uninstall Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5)

NameAds by Currency
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionAds by Currency may have been brought by a PUP.
SymptomsUnwanted advertisements are generated in the browser.
Distribution MethodBundling, unsafe browsing.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Ads by Currency

Several user complaints have been issues regarding an ad-supported application. The adware in question is Ads by Currency and it is reported to generate advertisements. Ads by Currency appear in Google Chrome, but it may affect other widely-used browsers as well (Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer). The ads may keep appearing on every domain. What is troublesome about Ads by Currency is that it can be quite tricky to locate on the system.


Ads by Currency Details

  • System Affected: Windows 7 (possibly newer Windows versions)
  • Associated Program: Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5)
  • File Name: chrome notepad.exe
  • Symptoms: Advertisements with texts ‘Ads by Currency’

Ads by Currency Distribution Method

As visible by the details provided above, the adware is most likely generated by a program called Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5). What might have happened is a bundled download. The adware application called Currency may have been included in the installer of Chrome Notepad. If the user didn’t pay attention during the installation process, he didn’t get the chance to un-check the additional program.

However, another scenario is also possible. Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5) may have been included in a freeware installer itself. Many free apps are ad-supported, meaning that once they are installed, unwanted advertisements will be generated in the browser.

Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5), chrome notepad.exe Detection Ratio

Several AV providers have detected Trojan components in Chrome Notepad’s primary process. Hence, the status of the application is potentially unwanted.

Here is a list of probable detection names per AV program:

  • Gen:Variant.Mikey.11576 (BitDefender)
  • Gen:Variant.Mikey.11576 (F-Secure)
  • HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (Kaspersky)
  • Threat.Win.Reputation.IMP (Reason Heuristics)

Being a potentially unwanted application (PUA) with Trojan infiltration capabilities, Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5) should be removed instantly from the PC. Once this is done, the advertisements dubbed Ads by Currency should cease.

Ads by Currency Removal Options

As just mentioned, the Chrome Notepad application should be uninstalled so that the ads are stopped permanently. To do so, the user should consider running an anti-malware scanner that runs in real time. Such a scanner will identify the threat and remove it automatically.

If you have located Chrome Notepad (v3.8.5) on your system, you can try and uninstall it manually. However, running an AV scanner is still required. More PUPs may have sneaked into the system via the bundling method. Furthermore, some PUPs may have employed a silent or unattended installer. If such installations take place, the PC is put at risk of severe infections.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Ads by Currency in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Ads by Currency.

    Step 2: Remove Ads by Currency from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select Ads by Currency and click “Remove


    After Ads by Currency is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Ads by Currency and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After Ads by Currency is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select Ads by Currency to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After Ads by Currency has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Ads by Currency
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Ads by Currency. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Ads by Currency will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Ads by Currency automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Ads by Currency associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Ads by Currency threat: Manual removal of Ads by Currency requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
    Milena Dimitrova

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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