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Infected With Movieland!

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#1 Northernlights87


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Posted 19 September 2006 - 02:33 AM

well havent seen any problems with my comp, but norton is picking it up and cant get rid of it. If anyone can please help. I appreciate it.

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 10:24 AM

MoviePass and Movieland both appear to utilize MediaPipe software and download technology. MediaPipe does not fully disclose what it is installing, does not completely remove all components and "obligations" during the uninstall process, and modifies other software without disclosure.

MediaPipe is bundled with mpp2pl.exe (a peer-to-peer file-sharing client) and itbill.exe (a payment system) which appears to be responsible for popping up requests for payment. This is disclosed in the EULA, and the behavior is mentioned on the website, but is not clearly disclosed to the user during the installation process.

Movieland installs a number of files that allow it to keep popping up requests for payment (which you may or may not have unwittingly agreed to when clicking "run" or an advertisement on a web page without reading the terms of service). According to Movieland's website and MediaPipe's EULA (End User License Agreement), Movieland reserves the right to continue to charge the user even if he has uninstalled the software. You will see continual pop-up warnings that increase in frequency informing you that your trial is expired.

MediaPipe requires the user to visit a website to cancel the "trial obligation" and reserves right to continue charging user after uninstallation. See here.

You should not remove the MoviePass software before you call to discontinue service and cancel the account they have open for you. If you have the MoviePass pop-ups, most likely they have an account for you, and somehow got billing information. They will require a number from their software to deactivate your account. DO NOT give them any additional personal information. Removing the Moviepass TV software will NOT stop them from charging you.

If you do not cancel your account with MoviePass/MediaPipe, you will be billed for an entire year of service (the price varies, but could be as much as $359.88 USD). Further, reports indicate that if you refuse to pay, dispute the charges on your credit card, or cancel in any way that is not in accordance with the MoviePass/MediaPipe cancellation policy, this can have an adverse impact on your credit report. If you have already paid money to this company, it is IMPERATIVE that you follow their directions and cancel your account immediately. To cancel your account, please call MoviePass about their MediaPipe software toll free at: (866) 431-7720 or 001 866 431-7720 from outside the US.

If you are sure that this company has no contact or billing information for you, and that someone in your household did not give them this information, go ahead and remove the software.

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 10:42 AM


Excerpt from above link:

Today's action follows similar lawsuits by the United States Federal Trade Commission and the State of Washington which termed popcorn.net "extortionware." Under popcorn.net's Terms of Service, users who download a free 3-day trial of the software and fail to cancel their trial during the 3-day period are obligated to purchase a license for the software. Trial users who refuse to pay up are bombarded with pop-ups demanding payment and temporarily disabling their computers, creating a virtual "pop-up hell" for unfortunate users.

Class members' biggest complaint is that they never signed up for a free trial of popcorn.net and have no idea how their computers became infected with it. To add to users' frustrations, popcorn.net cannot be removed using Microsoft's Windows Add/Remove Programs or by programs such as Symantec's Norton Anti-virus or AOL's Security Suite. Fortunately, some anti-spyware programs are

Popcorn is the new name for MediaPipe and Movieland
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