StopBadware.org: New Website, Same Old Scam
In this week’s in-depth report, we highlight an old badware application with a shiny new site: Popcorn.net. Popcorn.net advertises itself as “an Internet-based multi-channel entertainment browser” that functions as a “one-stop source for thousands of downloads.” In truth, its Download Manager software is essentially a repackaging of Movieland’s MediaPipe application, which we reviewed back in March 2006 (see our Mediapipe report here). It deceives users into downloading the application, installs a Trojan horse and adware, and cannot be uninstalled. See our full report for details.
We’ve also included a “Background” section in this report. Popcorn.net has quite a history, and we wanted to make sure users understood this history and the deceptive business practices that Popcorn.net continues to engage in. In fact, the FTC is currently pursuing a court case against the companies behind both Popcorn.net and Movieland.