MoviePass Malware Infection is Replaced by Popcorn.net

  • Comments: 3
  • Written on: August 11th, 2006

Easton Herd and Andrew Garroni, the men behind the MoviePass spyware infection, have spun their software off under a new name in an attempt to lure more unsuspecting victims into 3-day trials of the new Popcorn.net Download Manager service. You can view complete Popcorn.net removal instructions on the Schrock Innovations website.

MoviePass has earned a reputation across the Internet as deceptive software that collected unreasonable information about the computers on which it was installed. The MoviePass software was distributed by luring visitors with a free 3-day trial of the movie and video download service. If the user failed to cancel their subscription before the end of the trial, they would be billed for the service whether they wanted it or not. Those who refused to pay were haunted by near continuous pop-up messages that plagued their PCs and slowed their productivity.


Now that MoviePass is even getting some attention from the California Attorney Generals’ Office, it may be proving too hot to handle. The software’s conversion to the Popcorn.net name marks the third such transition in less that 3 years.

We have seen our first case of a Popcorn.net infection, and thankfully it is so similar to MoviePass that the removal procedure is almost identical. You can view complete Popcorn.net removal instructions on the Schrock Innovations website.

  1. Julie Maty
    Julie Maty said on August 16th, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    I just want to thank you for your wonderful and easy to follow instructions to remove the "popcorn.net" pop up. I had no luck with any other web sites and your insturctions seem to have done the trick. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is totally gone. What a nasty trick! I will report to the FTC as you have recommended. Thanks so Much!!

  2. Thor Schrock
    Thor Schrock said on August 23rd, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    It was previously reported that Kevin Lutz was responsible for the MoviePass and MediaPipe infections. This was not correct. While Lutz’s company, GKL Corporate Search does file documents on behalf of the companies responsible for the infections, there is no aparent ownership connection.

  3. DAVID LOTIVIO
    DAVID LOTIVIO said on September 7th, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A FREE SOFTWARE FOR POPCORN.NET REMOVAL BECAUSE IT GIVES ME A HEADACHE.

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