There is a special category of applications on the Internet, the purpose and ability of which is to take over popular browsers like Safar, Firefox, Chrome, and others and force them to display hundreds of aggressively popping-up ads, banners, new tabs, page redirect links and similar intrusive advertising content without your permission. The representatives of this category are known browser hijackers and, on this page, we are going to talk about a recently detected one called Immediate Action Required. If this application has been installed on your system and has inflicted some potentially unwanted changes to your default browser’s homepage, search engine or new tab settings, then, the information that follows will help you remove it and get things back to normal. All you have to do is uninstall the hijacker from the system and, in the Removal Guide below, we have described exactly how to do that without taking any unnecessary risks for your PC.
Is the “Immediate Action Required“ a virus?
You may see that in different forums and web locations, applications such as Immediate Action Required and similar page-redirecting and ad-broadcasting hijackers are oftentimes regarded as “viruses” or some sort of unwanted and harmful pieces of software. This is mostly because users face a lot of irritation and disturbance due to the imposed browser changes and also find it difficult to have these changes reverted. In reality, however, most browser hijackers and their activities are not intended to cause harm, corrupt the system or launch some criminal tasks. Unlike actual viruses, such as Ransomware, Trojans and Spyware, for example, these pieces of software normally do not contain malicious code which is why they are not technically regarded as computer threats.
In fact, most of reputed security experts classify applications like Immediate Action Required as potentially unwanted, not as malicious. And this is due to their rather irritating and unwanted page redirecting and ad-generating services rather than because of some actual malicious ability. The ads, pop-ups, links and the offers which you may see on your screen, may try to aggressively promote some products, services, web pages, search engine tools or homepages but they cannot typically damage your computer, encrypt your files or format your drives. Still, they can be very annoying and may disrupt your normal web browsing. For instance, most of the links and pop-ups that get displayed may be very difficult to remove and the moment you try to close them down, they may actually redirect you to different pages. You may also find yourself losing time on various aggressive promotional sites, which may try to make you click on their content, download something (software, a free toolbar, an add-on or some other feature you might not really need) or make a purchase of some non-reputed products through too-good-to-be-true offers. Your search results may also get modified and may show you some sponsored items instead of the things that you are actually searching for.
That’s why, you should generally not rely on the browser hijacker to deliver relevant content. Immediate Action Required and most other similar apps are basically programmed to promote certain things and generate profits through the aggressive ads-generation (mostly through PPC and PPV remuneration models). Therefore, they will typically try to push the sponsored content ahead of any actual search results. What is more, it is not excluded that these applications may also display potentially hazardous ads or misleading links in their streaming and this is yet another reason why it’s probably best if you remove them and uninstall all of their components and browser changes. After all, why would you risk getting redirected to some virus inflicted page or catch a nasty Ransomware or a well-camouflaged Trojan horse out of nothing? The random redirects and pop-ups may not always be safe and there is always a chance of clicking on something malicious. That’s why, it is far better to limit your interaction by completely eliminating the browser hijacker.
How to uninstall Immediate Action Required and prevent future contamination?
If you want to effectively deal with Immediate Action Required, we suggest you use the professional Immediate Action Required removal tool or the manual Removal Guide, which you can find below. To avoid such applications in the future, however, you need to be very careful what content you interact with and especially with what you install on your PC. Most of the browser hijackers, page-redirecting software and adware is usually distributed via software bundles, torrents, free setup packages, free download links and automatic installation managers. That’s why, you should carefully read the EULA and use the expanded installation options (Advanced/Custom/Manual) every time because they can reveal any additionally bundled components and let you disable them in case that you don’t want them to become part of your system.
|Name||Immediate Action Required|
|Type||Browser Redirect or Adware for Mac|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may notice changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine and aggressive ad-generation all over your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is a common method of distribution along with spam, torrents, ads and free downloads.|
Immediate Action Required Virus Removal
Step 1: Closing Safari (or any other browser that you may be using at the moment)
First, you will need to close your browser if it is still open. If you can’t do that normally, you will need to Force Quit it:
Open the Apple Menu and select Force Quit to do that. You can also use the ⌘ key + Option Key combination to open the Force Quit Applications dialog box. In this box, select the Safari browser (or whatever browser you are using) and then click on the Quit button. Confirm the action by selecting Force Quit again.
Step 2: Killing suspicious processes
Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities and then open Activity Monitor. Now take a careful look at the processes there – look for any that seem suspicious, unknown and questionable. If you think that a given process may be the culprit behind the issue or may at least be related to it, highlight it with the mouse and select the i option at its top.
In the box that opens, click on Sample.
Scan the sample files with the online scanner we have on this page and if any of them get flagged as malicious, delete them and then kill their processes.
Step 3: Safely launching the browser
Hold the Shift from your keyboard and then launch Safari – holding Shift will prevent any previously opened pages to load again, just in case any of them were related to the problem.
If any problematic pages still load after you safe-launch the browser, then do the following:
Force-Quit the browser (Safari) again and then turn off your Wi-Fi connection by clicking on the Wi-Fi off option from the Mac Menu. If you are using cable Internet, simply disconnect the cable from your Mac.
Step 4: Uninstalling suspicious extensions
After you safe-launch Safari and are sure none of the previously opened pages load now, go to Preferences > Extensions.
Select and uninstall (by clicking on the Uninstall button) all extensions there that are unfamiliar to you or that you think may be suspicious. If you are not sure about a certain extension, it’s better to uninstall it – no extension is required for the normal functioning of the browser.
Step 5: Cleaning Safari
If you have other browsers aside from Safari, do the following:
In Safari, open Preferences from the browser’s menu and go to Privacy.
Select Remove All Website Data and then Remove Now. Note that this will delete all stored site data including any saved passwords and usernames. In other words, you will have to manually log-in to every site where you have a registration so make sure you remember your usernames and passwords.
Back in Preferences, click on General and see what your Safari’s homepage is. If it has been changed without your permission, change it back to what it used to be or to whatever you like it to be now.
Now go to the History menu and select the Clear History option.
Do the same to all other browsers you may have in your computer – here are examples with Chrome and Firefox.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Next, from the main menu, go to Settings and type Manage Search Engines in the search bar. Open the result that shows up and then delete all search engines other than the one you normally use by clicking on the three-dot icon next to the other ones and selecting Remove from list.
Remove Immediate Action Required Virus from iPhone
The following instructions will help you get rid of Immediate Action Required on your iPhone device. Carefully execute each step and if you run into any trouble while completing the guide, be sure to ask for our assistance from within the comment section.
Step 1: Closing the open ads/pop-ups
First, you will need to try closing any pop-ups and ads that are currently displayed on your screen. Normally, they should have a Close or an X button so tap on that to close the unpleasant advert/pop-up/banner.
If there is a checkbox labeled something along the lines of Do not show any more ads/alerts from this website make sure to check that before closing the advert.
Step 2: If the pop-up doesn’t close
Oftentimes you might encounter the problem of not being able to initially close the advert. If this happens, press your device’s Home Button two times in a quick succession to see a list of all recently used applications. Swipe left until you find your Safari browser (or whatever other browser you might be using). Once you find it, swipe up the application’s preview tile – that will close the browser and any adverts that might have been opened with it.
Step 3: Clean unwanted extensions
In this step of guide, you will need to make sure that all your browser have been cleaned from any extensions and add-ons that might be causing the ads to pop-up on your screen. To do that, open Safari or whatever other browser you tend to use and open its Extensions menu. Look through all the extensions there and see if any of them appear suspicious. If you have recently installed a browser app and this is when the generation of ads and pop-ups started, there’s high chance that this recently installed application is the culprit behind the unpleasant and obstructive adverts that get shown on your display. Uninstall any such fishy applications to be sure that they no longer bother you.
Step 4: Cleaning your browser
Next, you will need to clean your browser from anything that might be causing unpleasant adverts to pop-up. To do that, go to Settings > Safari. There, tap on Clear History and on Clear Website Data.
Step 5: Blocking future pop-ups
Open Safari and go to its main menu. There, choose Preferences and then select the security icon. Tap on the Block pop-up windows option – this will stop most forms of intrusive pop-ups that might get displayed on your screen while surfing the Internet.
Also, go to your browser’s homepage and search engine settings. See if anything has been changed there – for example, your regular frontpage or search engine might have been replaced by Immediate Action Required . If that is the case, change them back to what they used to be.