New Spyware Threat Costs People Big Money

New Spyware Threat Costs People Big Money



New Spyware Threat Costs People Big Money
Lincoln,​ NE – April 13,​ 2006:
A new Spyware infection was discovered this morning by the​ Schrock Innovations research department called MoviePass .​
Internet users intentionally or​ unintentionally install the​ MoviePass software on​ their computers while attempting to​ download music or​ movies from the​ Internet .​
Once the​ free trial software expires,​ MoviePass demands $29.99 a​ month from unsuspecting victims .​
Those who refuse to​ pay can be slapped with a​ $359.88 bill and a​ damaged credit report .​
According to​ Thor Schrock,​ owner of​ Schrock Innovations,​ the​ MoviePass software blurs the​ line somewhat between a​ legitimate software subscription service and a​ dangerous spyware threat .​
the​ software seems to​ provide a​ legitimate service,​ but also collects information about all of​ the​ programs on​ your computer to​ prevent software conflicts .​
This same information could be used to​ detect anti-spyware programs and build counter measures into the​ MoviePass software .​
Additionally,​ when consumers sign up for the​ MoviePass free trial,​ they are required to​ agree to​ a​ lengthy Terms of​ use agreement .​
Within that agreement there is​ language that explains how customers of​ MoviePass will be automatically billed if​ they fail to​ remove the​ MoviePass software from their computer before the​ expiration of​ their trial .​
An excerpt from the​ Terms of​ use reads,​ IF YOU DO NOT EITHER CANCEL OR PROVIDE PAYMENT INFORMATION DURING the​ TRIAL PERIOD OUR BILLING SOFTWARE WILL BE ENABLED UPON the​ EXPIRATION OF YOUR TRIAL PERIOD .​
THE BILLING SOFTWARE WILL RUN ON YOUR COMPUTER,​ DISPLAYING POP-UP WINDOW REMINDERS THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH VARIOUS METHODS OF PAYMENT FOR the​ ANNUAL LICENSE .​
THESE POP-UP WINDOWS WILL APPEAR MORE FREQUENTLY UNTIL YOU CHOOSE ONE OF the​ PAYMENT OPTIONS AND PAY FOR the​ LICENSE.
The agreement continues by specifying IF YOU FAIL TO PAY OR CANCEL DURING the​ TRIAL PERIOD,​ YOU ARE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO PURCHASE AN ANNUAL LICENSE TO the​ MEDIAPIPE SOFTWARE AT the​ PRICE LISTED IN the​ ADVERTISEMENT YOU CLICKED THROUGH TO INITIATE INSTALLATION .​
Consumers who install this software on​ their computers agree to​ a​ Terms of​ Use agreement in​ order to​ establish their free trial,​ Schrock said .​
Once they have agreed to​ that document,​ an​ account is​ established in​ their name that has to​ be cancelled via telephone in​ accordance with that agreement,​ or​ it​ will end up costing them big money .​
In the​ Terms of​ use available on​ the​ company’s website at​ www.mediapass.tv,​ the​ company also explains that is​ has the​ right to​ use your hard drive and bandwidth for their purposes,​ as​ well as​ share your personal information with their affiliates .​
Schrock said a​ telltale sign of​ the​ presence of​ this software is​ when your computer starts displaying MoviePass messages asking you for billing information .​
Schrock recommends that unless you wish to​ continue subscribing to​ the​ MoviePass service,​ you immediately call MoviePass and cancel your account before you remove the​ software
The sad thing is​ that the​ way the​ Terms of​ Use agreement reads,​ once your trial expires you must immediately provide your billing information to​ MoviePass,​ otherwise they will invoice you for an​ entire year’s worth of​ service,​ Schrock said .​
It is​ also critical that you call MoviePass to​ cancel before you remove the​ software from your computer .​
MoviePass is​ unable to​ cancel your account unless you provide a​ number from within your software .​
The MoviePass and MediaPipe software do have uninstallers that are provided by the​ company and located in​ the​ Add/Remove Programs folder .​
While the​ uninstallers remove a​ great deal of​ the​ software,​ they do not remove everything so a​ manual cleanup is​ required of​ up to​ 5 folders in​ the​ Program Files folder on​ your computer’s hard drive .​
More information about MoviePass,​ including their Terms of​ Use and subscription rates can be located at​ www.moviepass.tv .​
Consumers who wish to​ unsubscribe from the​ service must call MoviePass at​ (866) 431-7720.




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