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    This message from:

    System Warning!

    opened up as soon as I tried to log into the Forum.

    It says:
    "IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

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

    Press OK to begin the repair process."

    Is this genuine or a scam. If so has the Forum been hacked?
    Last edited by Raz0rEdge; 12-21-2018 at 11:18 AM. Reason: Remove link

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    After you do what the thread Jake linked to, you should grab MalwareBytes and run on that your system. You should also be running some combination of Ghoestry or uBlock Origin to prevent this sort of thing in the future.
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    Hi all, I just received this threat notification today. I was live streaming some content from a British Sports site. My VPN had been dropping out and I thought I'd try without and boom. Almost immediately received the "Immediate Action Required Notification below.
    Naturally being the suspicious type I am I simply quit my browser, went offline, reopened my browser and cleared everything then ran Malwarebytes which found 6 Malicious Threats which I quarantined, then deleted.
    I then ran Disk Utility First Aid.
    I have to say it's a very genuine looking warning. Were it not for my history with these types of things and my suspicious nature I would have clicked the link.

    2018-12-26 16:30:43.png

    It does seem to say something for the value of a good VPN though.
    P.S. as you can see this occurred on FireFox (Quantum) browser.
    Last edited by Rod Sprague; 12-26-2018 at 04:55 AM.
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    interesting. thanks for sharing a screen shot.

    just for fun I entered that URL on my old mac to see what happens. here is what I got.
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    Last edited by macgig; 12-26-2018 at 12:34 PM.

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    Ahh they just never quit with this junk!
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Ahh they just never quit with this junk!
    They don't get paid, if they quit.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macgig View Post
    interesting. thanks for sharing a screen shot.

    just for fun I entered that URL on my old mac to see what happens. here is what I got.


    I would expect that the URL that's showing in that screenshot is spoofed and not a real valid address.

    I would also suspect the browser search engine used picked up and provided the link to MacCleaner.





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