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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pass On The Popcorn.Net

Here's a topic that took a life of its own on my show last Saturday. A caller asked me about something called Popcorn.Net (no hyperlink on purpose!). Apparently it is a service that alledges to download movies, music, TV shows and games for one monthly price.

What it actually is...EXTORTIONWARE. People have been signing up for a three day free trial but pop-ups and video messages tell them they have to pay for a subscription to the website for the messages to go away.

Stay away from this site and any links or emails from Popcorn.Net. It's a horrible virus that can not be removed using Microsoft's Windows Add/Remove Programs or by programs such as Symantec's Norton Anti-virus or AOL's Security Suite. Some anti-spyware programs have been able to remove it but not many.

If you did download this virus there are a few things to do to kill it. Try this first:
  • Step 1: press ctrl+alt+delete
  • Step 2: click the bar "processes"
  • Step 3: click on the process "licence_manager" and end the process
  • Step 4: go to the place "C:/program files/licence_manager"
  • Step 5: delete the file "licence manager"

If that does not work you can download a specific software removal program for this virus. One such program is from SpywareRemove. If you still have problems with the pop-up ads, call the company at 866-431-7720. And if you really are pissed, file a complaint with the FTC.

Feel free to send me your comments below if you experienced this problem.

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  • This sounds exactly like a problem I have but this one is called "Movie Pass"

    Will the same method work for movie pass as popcorn

    By Anonymous pturner13, at 4:18 PM  

  • Thank you so much, finally this very annoy popup/women talking to me,wanting money for something I didn't even subscribe to, is off of my computer. Nothing else would work.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:26 PM  

  • Hi finally after 5 days of this annoying popcorn popup,i have gotten a solution.It really works,its been about 7 mins after following your intructions and amazing no popup as yet.Just to add some few also installs a p2p software which i was also trying to remove but couldnt.i followed on of your steps of removing the licence manager and removed the p2p software intalled in the same date and time and it really works.
    One more thing,i contacted this people via my email address asking them to stop up the you think they are going to do something and infect my computer through the email address?

    Thanks so much,
    you are a heroe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:49 AM  

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