Thor Schrock Interviews the Jeff Schwartz about Popcorn.net Class Action Suit

  • Comments: 17
  • Written on: August 19th, 2006

Today on Compute This I had the opportunity to speak on the air with Jeff Schwartz, of the Law Offices of Manuel H. Miller from California. Jeff is the attorney who is working to assemble a class action lawsuit against the makers of the MovieLand, MoviePass, and Popcorn.net spyware infections.

For those of you who are not aware, these three software programs solicit people on the web to install a “free” 3-day trial service that allows them to download movies and other media files from the Internet. However, unless you cancel the 3-day trial before it expires, you will be haunted by continual pop-ups that nearly debilitate your computer until you pay their subscription fees.

If you missed the show, you can listen to the entire interview here.


Apparently there is a law in California that requires a firm to provide a cease and desist request in situations involving deceptive advertising which gives the company 30 days to reign in their practices. Jeff files this request about a week ago, and to that there has been no change in the business or advertising practices of these websites. If that trend continues, in about 3 weeks a class-action lawsuit will be filed.

If you have been infected by these software programs, paid their subscription fees, paid someone to remove the popups from your computer (yes even us), or if you have purchased anti-spyware software to help you remove these infections, you may qualify to become a member of the class.

Jeff told our listeners that the object of this lawsuit is to put these websites out of business. While there is no guarantee of any kind of monetary payout by involving yourself in this case, for the first time EVER you have the opportunity to strike back at the people who infect your computer with this undesirable software.

I can’t tell you how many people have said at one time or another that they wished someone would have to pay for this kind of behavior. If you were “touched” by these websites or their software programs, you should contact Jeff’s firm at http://www.manuelhmiller.com

  1. Mark
    Mark said on August 23rd, 2006 at 3:19 am

    I down loaded cmt loaded which is I thought a good website but now all I get is this stupid web popup for popcorn.net. I have searched my entire pc and removed it, but this dam thing still pops all the time. I guess people suck online to not just in person. Doing things like this is like having that person run up to your car at every stop light and clean your car windshield. it sucks.

    Mark

  2. Deb kammerlander
    Deb kammerlander said on August 23rd, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    My parents are having the same issues, I have done some research and through this article I came up with a # to call to have it removed. You need the customer # that pops up with the popcorn add. The # is 1-866-431-7720
    Good luck, my parents just did this today as well, not sure it it worked.
    Deb

  3. Thor Schrock
    Thor Schrock said on August 23rd, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    Yes, if you call they will stop the pop-up ads. However, their software is still running on your computer, and may be transmitting information about your installed programs back to them for various purposes.

    Even though you have stopped the popups, I would strongly suggest you complete the removal instructions at http://www.schrockinnovatio

  4. Diana
    Diana said on September 4th, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    It’s good to see that after days of frustratingly searching popcorn.net and no contact number or actual person in sight, there is a class action suit happening against this ridiuclous company. Hopefully we’ll see some changes take place.

  5. Alexa Cosner
    Alexa Cosner said on September 9th, 2006 at 11:14 am

    I have had my computer and internet set up for about a week. My sixteen yr old son, must have been looking at popcorn.net and now I can’t GET IT OFF MY COMPUTER! I am getting extremely angry that a website company has the power to over take a computer. I have spyware and all, but at this point I don’t know how to get it off my computer! I am tired of seeing my "Personal Sales Rep" popping up on my computer…How do I get her OFF?

  6. Sally
    Sally said on September 21st, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    My boyfriend has popcorn.net on his computer and I have been trying to figure out if it is a porn site. I have been told that you can contact "call-girls" through this site. I hate to think that sites out there are doing something so terrible. Does anyone know if this is true?

  7. thorschrock said on September 25th, 2006 at 11:27 am

    Sally, I have not heard anything of the sort about Popcorn.net, or any of their variants. The software is designed to deliver media content like videos. I suppose it is possible that call girls could make videos (like a video business card) and then distribute them, but that was not and is not the crux of Popcorn.nets business.

  8. DW
    DW said on October 9th, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Ewido anti-spyware will get rid of this. I battled moviepass for a while before finding Ewido. I haven’t had any pop-ups since. And Sally, no it is not a porn site. Its positioned as a free media player but, once the trial is up the pop-ups begin. Don’t break up with your boyfriend just yet!

  9. Kelly
    Kelly said on October 31st, 2006 at 1:31 am

    Hahahahah. Schwartz isn’t even registered as an attorney with the California State Bar. The software isn’t spyware — it doesn’t collect any information from you at all. And the ad has a full disclosure. If the FTC couldn’t beat them, there’s now way some loser from The Law Offices of Manuel Miller will.

  10. boomyouredead
    boomyouredead said on October 31st, 2006 at 10:18 am

    You run the risk ofcourse someone will release a kill-popcorn.net script that removes this lowlife trash filth from the systems of unsuspecting people. this isn’t even funny…

  11. thorschrock said on November 1st, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    Actually, Popcorn.net has modified its sales practices to comply with the FTC’s cease and desist order. NOw they ask you for your payment information up front before you download the software.

    What they were doing before was allowing you to sign up and use the service for three days, and if you did not pay them after day 3 they took complete control of your computer until you did.

    And for the record, Manuel H Miller’s suit against the makers of popcorn, moviepass, and movieland has attained class-action status in California already. And truct me – he IS registered with the CA Bar.

  12. Leona R.
    Leona R. said on November 13th, 2006 at 11:15 am

    I hope that this annoying site will get removed. One of my sons accidently did the 3 day trial and to this day I am still getting pop ups. I have tried contacting the site with no success. I had to laugh when one of the questions in the help menu was "the programn was accidently downloaded onto my computer" I clicked it and they said the only way to remove it was to pay for a suscription. This is not right. Something has to be done. Meanwhile I probably have to get my computer reformated in order to get rid of this cursed pop up reminder.

  13. Miriam G.
    Miriam G. said on November 13th, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    OK- so my 12 year old downloaded this onto his computer and now we’re in the same position as everyone else. It’s not true that they now ask for credit card information up front. My son just did the download and three days later, we are stuck with Popcorn. So, how do we get rid of not just the pop-ups, but the software and any spyware or other crap that they’ve loaded onto our computer? Does that phone number work?

  14. Thor Schrock said on November 14th, 2006 at 9:10 am

    We have a free removal tutorial at http://www.schrockinnovatio

  15. mike
    mike said on November 24th, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    ewido anti-spyware is free, you can find it with a google search and it got rid of it for me

  16. Woodie
    Woodie said on November 26th, 2006 at 5:44 am

    Kelly. did some research, and it seems you have a relationship with Popcorn.net. You wouldn’t be the "customer Service Rep" everyone wants to see hit by a commuter train, would you?

  17. John Thoman
    John Thoman said on January 7th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    This annoying program is still very much alive. My 13 daughter must have downloaded this (I suspect from U Tube) without any up front payment. I was able to remove this trash by following some instructions posted in Yahoo. Why this type of extortion is allowed to continue defies logic. The people behind this should be punished.

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