MoviePass Spyware a Major Financial and Security Threat

  • Comments: 4
  • Written on: April 13th, 2006

There is a nifty little scam going on where unsuspecting consumers install MediaPass software on their computer hoping to download music and video files. Except when they agree to install the software, they are also agreeing to allow MoviePass to use their computer’s hard drive and internet connection bandwidth for their purposes. Oh, and they also make you agree that they can sell your personal information to their affiliates – of course.

With that aside, when you install the MoviePass software, you are installing a free trial. Again, in that nasty little terms of service agreement you agree that if you do not cancel your trial BEFORE it expires, that you will pay them $29.99 a month for their service. Once the trial expires, a box will start popping up on your screen, increasing in frequency over time, asking you for your billing information.

If you remove the software and just forget about it, you are caught in yet another clause in their TOS that states that if you do not immediately provide your billing information, they will bill you for an entire year of service (a $359.88 tab) and then turn you over to a collection agency.

The only way to stop this cycle (easily) is to cancel your subscription immediately unless you intent to subscribe to their services. To do this you MUST call their toll-free number.

After all of that I have to say it is pretty crappy that this scam is actually working on people. If you have any influence over the general public (or at least your local LAN), let people know about this shady operation.

Most importantly, DO NOT remove the MoviePass software before you call to cancel the account they have open for you (yes, if you have the MoviePass pop-ups, they have an account for you). They will require a number from their software to deactivate your account. Once you have killed your account, you can remove their software to stop those annoying pop-ups. For a free tutorial on removing MoviePass (after you cancel your account) visit http://www.schrockinnovations.com/removemoviepass.php.

We have sent a press release to our local media outlets and made it available on our homepage. If you want more info on MoviePass or the MediaPipe software, visit www.moviepass.tv.

  1. Ryan Eller
    Ryan Eller said on May 24th, 2006 at 10:52 am

    I wanted to know if is possible to delete a moviepass membership over the phone. Also i wanted to know if they continue to charge people after deleting their account or if they just leave people alone.

  2. Andrew
    Andrew said on May 24th, 2006 at 10:53 am

    Dear Sir, thank you for your information on removing moviepass mediapipe crap from my system, your tutorial was very helpful and enabled me to get rid of this spyware that sort of had me stumped for while on what to do.
    Thanks again!

    Perth Western Australia

  3. bpschmidt7@gmx.de
    bpschmidt7@gmx.de said on May 25th, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    I have – as many other – somehow installed the moviepass virus on my PC.

    You recommend on your web-page to immediately call moviepass:
    I didn’t call, but tried to write an email: then they offered to freely terminate my account and to uninstall the programm.
    Well, they definately didn’t uninstall the programm, and i don’t think they can, do to the fact that they have the wrong IP-Adress!!

    The main thing: I saved their note about how my account was deleted.
    Is that save enough?

    The next thing: I can’t get rid of the pop-up-biling-remainder. Even though i went through your publication (how to remove moviepass…) For example: if i try to remove it in the software config, it redirects me to their webpage (making me offers of how easy i have to pay and be freed of any future charges (Bast***ds).

    one last thing: This is definately illegal. I know little about law, but you cannot make contracts like that. For example "you agree to the USA law system, no matter what your country says" is definately bullshit. The country i come from prohibits parts like that in a contract. And many things more (Isn’t it possible to sue them? I bet there would be lots of people who’d be quite willing to pay some money in order to have some fairness reinstalled).

    Thank you very much for your surely precious time.

  4. thorschrock said on June 18th, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    You can view full removal instructions at http://www.removemoviepass.com

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