How to stop "This Update requires an action" pop-up from appearing??

Also Known As: This Update requires an action pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove adware that causes "This Update requires an action" pop-up from Mac?

What is "This Update requires an action"?

"This Update requires an action" is a headline of a deceptive pop-up window which encourages users to update some outdated software. We strongly recommend not to trust this pop-up or do what it asks. Research shows that this pop-up appears due to adware that is already installed on a computer (or/and browser). Typically, people do not install adware on purpose, for this reason apps of this type are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is known that this particular pop-up is used to promote PUAs such as Tapufind and ChillTab, we strongly recommend not to download or install them.

This Update requires an action scam

In addition to unwanted, deceptive pop-ups, adware usually displays other ads like coupons, banners, surveys, etc., too. Typically, people who trust and click them get redirected to untrustworthy pages or get tricked into unwanted downloads, installations. In this case deceptive pop-up is designed to trick people into downloading and installing Tapufind and ChillTab. However, it could be used to proliferate other unwanted apps too. Also, installed adware might be designed to operate as information tracking tools. To be more precise, they may be used to gather details such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. Adware developers often sell gathered details to other people (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse them to generate revenue or even steal identities. To avoid that (or problems related to safety, browsing safety) we recommend to uninstall adware as soon as possible. It can be done by scanning a system with Combo Cleaner and then removing all detected threats.

Threat Summary:
Name This Update requires an action pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Examples of adware-type apps that may be responsible for displaying this "This Update requires an action" pop-up are OpticDaemon, LightAgent, DisplayUpdate, PowerLift and PowerLog. However, it is very likely that it might be displayed by other adware too. Typically, software of this type does not provide any useful features and is designed only to help its developers to generate revenue.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Unwanted applications get downloaded or installed through intrusive ads or setups of various, usually free programs. A method that is used to distribute unwanted apps through setups is called "bundling". Developers user it to trick people into unwanted downloads or installations by hiding PUAs in setup's options like "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts. Simply said, information about unwanted apps being included in setups is usually not disclosed properly. However, most of the times unwanted apps get downloaded or installed only when people download or install desired software without changing options that are included in its setups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We advise not to use third party software downloaders, installers, download software from untrustworthy websites, using Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) and other unreliable tools. Software and files should be downloaded via official and trustworthy websites, and direct download links. Also, it is not recommended to finish any download or installation process without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings and deselecting offers to download or install unwanted software. Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on questionable websites. If clicked, they either redirect users to potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Browsers or systems can be stopped from showing ads and opening shady pages by removing all unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons (that are installed on a browser) and programs that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text in the pop-up:

This Update requires an action:
Please check the box to complete the update
If you do nothing, this message will be closed automatically in 60 seconds.

Instant automatic removal of This Update requires an action pop-up: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of This Update requires an action pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove this update requires an action pop-up related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

This Update requires an action pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove this update requires an action pop-up related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove this update requires an action pop-up related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove this update requires an action pop-up related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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