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Remove Immediate Action Required (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Immediate Action Required is a fake notification that might pop-up out of nowhere and prompt users to download useless bogus software

Immediate Action Required fake alertImmediate Action Required is a fake alert that usually pop-ups on machines that are infected with adware

Immediate Action Required is a scam that users might encounter while visiting various websites on the internet – it is a part of the notorious “Your system is infected with 3 viruses” scheme. Crooks prepare specially-crafted websites on various domains which trigger fake alerts, claiming that visitors' computer is infected with a Trojan[1] or other malware.

Once the Threat Detected: Immediate Action Required pop-up button is clicked, users are offered an alleged system scan. The page uses social engineering[2] techniques to scare victims, and they are asked to download and install potentially unwanted programs (such as Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Auto Fixer, Driver Tonic, Malware Crusher, etc.) in order to remedy the situation.

Redirects to Immediate Action Required scam can occur after visiting a malicious website, although users infected with adware tend to see this notorious notification more often. Therefore, if encountered, you should never download any suggested apps or interact with the scam in any other way. Nevertheless, if your machine is affected with adware, you will have to uninstall it to remove Immediate Action Required alerts for good.

Name Immediate Action Required
Type Online fraud, tech support scam
Category Adware
Infection means Users infect their machines with adware during the installation of freeware and shareware
Domains that push the scam  Apple.com-faster.live, Apple.com-speed-macos.live, nextmobile.site, tweakingtools.info, etc.
The fake malware names displayed  E.tre456_worm, Zeus Trojan, Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv, etc.
Associated risks  Money loss, installation of useless software, malware infections
Removal Scan your computer with anti-malware software (such as ReimageIntego) or check for potentially unwanted programs manually as per our instructions below
If you got scammed If you paid money, you should immediately contact local authorities that deal with fraud and report the incident. Additionally, you should change all your passwords 

The purpose of the Immediate Action Required scam is to make users believe that their computer is under tremendous risk, and they need to repair it before the alleged consequences. While the scheme is identical to tech support scams, the goal of the dodgy site authors is to make users download and install scare programs and then pay for their licensed versions.

In fact, the operation of these programs is the same as the sites' they were downloaded from – users are deliberately misled into believing that their computers are in trouble and need fixing. The difference is that, once downloaded, fake system tools might be difficult to get rid of or even install other PUPs or malware on the device without permission.

Threat Detected: Immediate Action Required Trojan virus scam can be encountered on Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or any other browsers, as well as all operating systems, including Windows, macOS/Mac OS X, iOS, Android, etc.

Immediate Action Required

Online scams like Immediate Action Required work so well due to the basic human instincts and lack of IT knowledge

Online fraud and most popular scams are easy to crack for more proficient computer users – even casual internet browsing my lead users to Immediate Action Required Trojan virus e.tre456_worm_windows alerts, or similar. Over time, people learn how to react and avoid falling into cybercrooks' traps, and the scam aspect becomes very apparent.

However, there are several groups of people who are more vulnerable to online fraud, especially the elderly. Unfortunately, but that is what threat actors are accounting for – they want users to download software that might even harm their computers and extort money out of them, all for personal monetary gain.

Immediate Action Required meaning can be difficult to understand to some, especially if they never encountered online scams before. The message, which usually is presented as a pop-up, reads the following:

Apple.com-scan.live says

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

We have detected a trojan virus (e.tre456_worm_osx) on your Mac.

Press OK to begin the repair process.

Note that the website delivering the message can be different – and usually is. Examples include Apple.com-repair-os.live, Apple.com-speed-macos.liveApple.com-fast.liveApple.com-faster.live, and many others. This is because Google and anti-malware vendors flag the sites as malicious, and they are quickly shut down. Unfortunately, cybercriminals can operate Immediate Action Required Trojan virus scheme on thousands of websites, and never be caught while doing it.

Immediate Action Required affects all browsersImmediate Action Required bogus message can affect all the installed browsers, as well as different operating systems

Once “OK” is clicked, victims land on the site which claims “28% system damage,” “malware, phishing, spyware traces” was detected, and that sensitive information, such as banking information is at risk of being exposed to cybercriminals. Additionally, a timer of five minutes is shown to users, which, once expired, would result in “permanent damage to the system.”

There is nothing real about the Immediate Action Required message, here's why:

  • The site that shows the message is not a genuine Apple website, as evident by looking at the URL bar;
  • e.tre456_worm_osx or e.tre456_worm_windows does not exist – it is a fake virus (although crooks sometimes use names of real malware, such as Zeus Trojan);
  • No browser can determine whether your computer is infected with malware – only dedicated applications that need to be installed on the device with special permissions can do that;
  • The timer is just pure nonsense – it is added to make users act immediately without thinking;
  • Real malware that focuses on data theft would not wait and harvest the available details immediately.

To make Immediate Action Required trojan virus e.tre456_worm_windows scam more believable, malicious actors use AppleCare Protection Plan logo (a real scheme used by Apple to warrant the sold products for an extended period of time) along with identical look of official site used by the company – these features provide a false sense of legitimacy, and, unfortunately, make users fall for the Immediate Action Required fake alert.

Adware made Immediate Action Required phenomenon a frequent event on many users' browsers

The reason why some users encounter Immediate Action Required pop-up seemingly out of nowhere is adware. It usually gets installed along with freeware or shareware applications without asking for direct users' permission, so they are rarely away that a PUP is causing the unwanted redirects to malicious scam sites.

Initially, adware was called spyware – unwanted software that harvests various information from the host machine and sends it off to marketing firms to process for targeted advertising schemes. Over time, however, due to various lawsuits and similar incidents, adware had to be re-labeled to a “potentially unwanted program.” While some of the adware apps show non-intrusive ads and can be eliminated relatively easily, some PUPs can cause havoc on the infected machine.

The notorious cases of Wajam[3] or Superfish adware prompted the community to look at this seemingly harmless software more seriously, and, in some cases, experts are keen to categorize some such programs as malware.[4]

Besides Immediate Action Required fake alert, users might also encounter similar scams, including:

Immediate Action Required trojan virusImmediate Action Required is not the only scam users encounter, as adware might also redirect to other fake sites that offer free prizes or ask to provide sensitive details

Immediate Action Required removal from the browser is simple – do not pay attention to the notifications to download fake software, and simply ignore it. Close the down your browser, and scan your machine with anti-malware software like ReimageIntego or terminate the unwanted programs manually by using our instructions below.

Ways to stay away from adware and scams

Encountering online scam and ignoring it is one thing, but having the system infected with an adware might result in an increased risk of malware infection, data leak, money loss, and other repercussions. Therefore, the malware research team at losvirus.es[5] urges users to avoid the installation of potentially unwanted programs in the first place, and you do not need to be a PC expert for that.

First of all, you need to be aware that most PUPs are spread in a single software package that comes from third-party sites that host freeware and shareware. The most popular sites are equipped with various policies and also monitor the apps that are offered to site visitors. However, the line of the app being relatively secure and borderline dangerous is sometimes thin, so you should always be careful regardless.

When installing a new application from a third-party site, make sure that you never rush the process and always be vigilant: lookout for small print texts, deceptive deals/offers, misleading button placements, and pre-ticked boxes. Most importantly, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones, as it is sometimes the only way to uncover and remove optional components before they get installed on the computer.

Get rid of persistent Immediate Action Required trojan alerts from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers

If you ended up on Immediate Action Required scam site, it does not immediately mean that your computer is infected (at least not with a Trojan as claimed by the fake alert). Redirection tendencies on various sites are common, and sometimes all it takes is to visit a malicious site, and you be linked to a scam site that tries to make you download bogus software or call fake Windows technicians.

Immediate Action Required asks to download fake toolsThe main goal of Immediate Action Required scam is to make users download scareware applications which show fake positives deliberately to make users buy a full version of the bogus program

Nevertheless, if you encounter Immediate Action Required virus alerts often, you should be aware that the reason for redirects, pop-ups, and other intrusive content is not coming from a malicious site but rather an adware program that was secretly installed without you noticing. In such a case, Immediate Action Required removal would require you to find which application is causing the unwanted activity and uninstall it. If you want to do it manually – check out the manual guide below.

If you want to remove Immediate Action Required fast, you should opt for automatic malware removal software. If you pick this way, you will be ensured that all the relative files are deleted from your system and there is no way for the PUP to come back. The final step to terminate adware is to reset each of the installed browsers, as ad-supported software often makes changes to initiate the unwanted browser activity.

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To remove Immediate Action Required, follow these steps:

Uninstall Immediate Action Required from Windows systems

To get rid of Immediate Action Required trojan virus e.tre456_worm_windows fake alert from Windows, find all the unwanted applications via the Control Panel:

To remove Immediate Action Required from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Immediate Action Required (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Immediate Action Required from Mac OS X system

Macs are often targeted by “Your system is infected with 3 viruses” and similar scams. To stop these from appearing on your browser, proceed with the following instructions:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Immediate Action Required from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Immediate Action Required-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Immediate Action Required, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Immediate Action Required and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Immediate Action Required-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Immediate Action Required from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Immediate Action Required and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Immediate Action Required removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Immediate Action Required from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Immediate Action Required-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Immediate Action Required from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Immediate Action Required and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Immediate Action Required did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Immediate Action Required removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Immediate Action Required from Google Chrome

Google Chrome might be affected by changes initiated by adware. You should reset its settings in order to stop adware traces from continuing the unwanted activity:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Immediate Action Required by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Immediate Action Required-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Immediate Action Required removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Immediate Action Required from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Immediate Action Required and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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