It just appeared this most recent time I opened my mac and I don't remember installing anything with this logo. It doesn't show any options for me to do anything when I click on it either. Have I been hacked?

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  • Try looking for the same logo/icon in Activity Monitor app. Energy tab will be shorter than others. Also, sort by name, most probably, it starts with S – anki Sep 8 '19 at 17:59
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    Nothing, I've checked through all the tabs and can't find anything that has the same logo. – Cameron Teasdale Sep 8 '19 at 18:18
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    If you sort by CPU used, does any of the top processes look strange? – nohillside Sep 8 '19 at 18:27
  • Not Particularly. The only thing that is slightly out of the ordinary is iStat Menu Status. Normally this wouldn't be strange but I deleted the app from my applications and I can't seem to kill this process. – Cameron Teasdale Sep 8 '19 at 18:41
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    No tooltip? For shame! – Lightness Races in Orbit Sep 9 '19 at 10:28

This is because you are using an expired trial version of iStat Menu Status. The app will display a dollar sign icon instead of the system stats icon.

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    AHHHHH this is it. This makes so much sense I can't believe I didn't think of it. opening up iStat prompted me to pay or uninstall, and after uninstalling the icon disappeared. Thank all of you guys for the help! – Cameron Teasdale Sep 8 '19 at 19:09

In my case, the icons appeared for no good reason.

Multiple dollar icons in menubar on macOS

To fix it, I had to Pause and restart iStat Menus:

How to restart iStat Menus

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