• Report: #216662

Complaint Review: Popcorn

  • Submitted: Thu, October 19, 2006
  • Updated: Mon, October 30, 2006

  • Reported By:chillicothe Missouri
Popcorn
popcorn.net Internet U.S.A.

Popcorn.net ripoff threating blackmailing harassing Internet

*Consumer Suggestion: Found program to remove the nasty popcorn code

*Consumer Suggestion: Contact the FTC General Counsel on Popcorn.Net they have an injunction and are suing

*Consumer Comment: You need to dance the "security tango"

*Consumer Comment: You need to dance the "security tango"

*Consumer Suggestion: Lorraine is correct! Popcorn.net is the rebirth of Movieland - Moviepass

*Consumer Suggestion: Thoughts of MovieLand dance thru my head ...

*Consumer Suggestion: You have spyware

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this porn site sent a popup and I clicked on it. they said it was free for three free days. well i never opened the web site. i cancled when they said the three days were up..

now they are threating me telling me they will disrupt me while on the internet if i do not purchase a porn package from them. they said it was the only way they would stop the popups and disrupting me while on the internet.while on the internet they send their advertisment wanting to know how i am going to pay for their package.

their is no were to close their page on internet.
you have to shut down your whole computer and lose everything you have done or shut down your web page and start up again but after a while their they are again harassing you with thier popup.

Paul
chillicothe, Missouri
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Found program to remove the nasty popcorn code

AUTHOR: Lorraine - Geek Consumer Advocate :-) - (U.S.A.)

Hey guys, I did some searching last night and found a website that is offering a program that will remove the popcorn.net code from computers. It's much more involved than MovieLand was to remove manually, so I was happy to see someone made an .exe file to help people.

http://www.spywareremove.com/removePopCorn.net.html

That URL is where the download is offered. There is some information there on the connection of MovieLand and popcorn.net.

Nice find on that injunction Steve. Looks like these guys aren't going to stop until the government puts a stop on them. Hopefully that will happen before too many more people become their victims in this latest scam.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Contact the FTC General Counsel on Popcorn.Net they have an injunction and are suing

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

On August 8, 2006 The FTC filed suit on the entire operation of Popcorn.Net which included Movieland.com, Moviepass.tv, Triumphant Videos, Inc.,Mediacaster.com and the "owners" individually- Easton Herd and Andrew Garroni.

The WA AG initiated the suit with the help of the FTC. It is filed in CA right now.

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Federal Trade Comission, Plaintiff, v. Digital Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a movieland.com, a California corporation; Triumphant Videos, Inc., d/b/a popcorn.net, a California corporation; Pacificon International, Inc., d/b/a Vitalix, a California corporation; Alchemy Communications, Inc., a California corporation; Accessmedia Networks, Inc., a Delaware corporation; Innovative Networks, Inc., a California corporation; Film Web, Inc., a Wyoming corporation; Binary Source, Inc., d/b/a moviepass.tv, a California corporation; Mediacaster, Inc., d/b/a mediacaster.net, a Delaware corporation; CS Hotline, Inc., a California corporation; Easton Herd; and Andrew Garroni, Defendants.

United States District Court Central District Of California Western Division
Civil Action No.: CV06-4923 CAS (AJWx);
FTC File No.: 062-3008

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They are operating illegally right now being under an injunction.
Here is a link to the actual lawsuit:
ftc.gov/os/caselist/0623008/060808movielandcmplt.pdf

Contact the FTc General Counsel who is handling the case:
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William Blumenthal, General Counsel
Also:
James A. Trilling
Kenneth H. Abbe
Raymond E. McKown
Attorneys for the Plaintiff

Tel: 202-326-3497
Fax: 202-326-3259

Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Room NJ-3212
Washington, DC. 20580
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I hope this helps anyone having problems with these lowlife.
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#3 Consumer Comment

You need to dance the "security tango"

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

And BTW, the Adaware and spybot are freeware you can download from the internet.
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#4 Consumer Comment

You need to dance the "security tango"

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

There is a website here in Rochester put toghter by the IT guy at a local university for cleaning up this kind of crap from your computer.

If you Google "security tango" it will lead you step by step in cleaning up spyware, malware, etc off your system. It uses a couple of products (Adaware and Spybot) and takes you step by step how to remove this stuff.

Hope this helps.
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

Lorraine is correct! Popcorn.net is the rebirth of Movieland - Moviepass

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

Lorraine,

I thoroughly checked these fools out. It is the same operation! They offer the same crap and get this, NO PHYSICAL CONTACT information on the website. You have to install the "software" before you can even contact "customer service".

AND, the registrant info has some of the same name and address info as Movieland and Moviepass!
Does Triumphant Videos, Inc. sound familiar?

Check this out:

Registrant:
Triumphant Videos, Inc
5482 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1545
Los Angeles, CA 90036
US
800-295-1647


Domain Name: POPCORN.NET

Administrative Contact:
Contact, Domain registrar@popcorn.net
5482 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1545
Los Angeles, CA 90036
US
800-295-1647


Technical Contact:
Contact, Domain registrar@popcorn.net
5482 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1545
Los Angeles, CA 90036
US
800-295-1647


Record last updated 09-05-2006 10:14:37 AM
Record expires on 09-11-2008
Record created on 09-12-1995

Domain servers in listed order:
NS1.VITALIX.NET 205.144.171.11
NS2.VITALIX.NET 205.144.171.12

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We need to kill off these scammers just like we did Movieland and Moviepass with the help of Rip Off Report!
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

Thoughts of MovieLand dance thru my head ...

AUTHOR: Lorraine - Geek Consumer Advocate :-) - (U.S.A.)

This sounds like the same type of trojan code the MovieLand, MoviePass, and MuviPaz people were getting on computers via a popup or 'free stuff' offer. It ended up being quite a few steps to remove it and the spyware programs didn't pick it up for some time. You may want to do a search for the reports on MovieLand and MoviePass (there wasn't many on MuviPaz) and read thru the most recent ones on this website. You will find information posted that explains the removal process. I'm pretty sure you will need to do something very similar to get the nasty code you are having problems with off your computer.
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

You have spyware

AUTHOR: Dave - (Canada)

Clicking that popup (and or the 3 day free trial) installed a program on your machine. That's where the pop-up comes from.

You need to clean your machine. SpySweeper, CrapCleaner, BHODemon... Microsoft even has one out now (although I haven't ever seen it find anything).

But, DO NOT download anything that offers you a free scan. They will of course find "issues" and suggest you pay money to have the issues cleaned up.

And you're alread at that point with the porn pop-up.
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