FREE Popcorn.net Download Manager Removal in 7 Steps
This tutorial will explain what Popcorn.net is (also known as MovieLand, Popcorn.net, and MoviePass), how you got infected with Popcorn.net, and what you need to do IMMEDIATELY to remove Popcorn.net from your PC and cancel the Popcorn.net account that has been opened for you with Popcorn.net.
This website is the largest collection of information on the web about Popcorn.net and their shady Download Manager software that is responsible for the popups that are plaguing your computer. This remove Popcorn.net tutorial is a multi-page tutorial, so be certain to follow the links below and follow all directions precisely.
Popcorn.net is described by its maker as an “a new media search and download service that provides thousands of entertainment titles on demand to your desktop.” You may have intentionally or unintentionally installed the Popcorn.net Download Manager trial software on your computer by clicking an advertisement on a web page.
While the software does what it advertises, users have reported that it is hard to remove Popcorn.net and the Download Manager software when they are done with it. The Popcorn.net software grants you a free 3-day trial period during which you can use the Popcorn.net Download Manager service. According to the Popcorn.net Terms of Service, if your Popcorn.net / Download Manager software trial expires, you are required to pay for a minimum of one month of service. To avoid incurring this charge, you would have needed to cancel your Popcorn.net account before your trial expired.
Popcorn.net maintains that users with expired trials have entered into a binding contract and that these users now owe Popcorn.net money for the service they agreed to pay for. While their TOS is quite clear, there are no popup messages alerting users to this seemingly important detail until after their trial has expired and it is time to collect. The popups escalate in frequency until they disrupt your computing experience almost continually. In addition, Popcorn.net’s Download Manager software also transmits a list of all installed programs on your computer back to the Popcorn.net organization. Popcorn.net claims that this helps them overcome any software “conflicts,” but it has earned them a designation of Spyware from Schrock Innovations.
If you see these popups on your computer, you already have a Popcorn.net Download Manager account, and you MUST cancel your Popcorn.net account if you wish to discontinue service. Failure to cancel your Popcorn.net account could result in collection activities and damage to your credit report.
UPDATED REMOVE Popcorn.net INSTRUCTIONS:
The Popcorn.net website has updated their terms and conditions. In uppercase bold letters they now state that if you use the Popcorn.net trial service, the Popcorn.net Download Manager software will remain on your computer until you meet your “obligations” (i.e. pay them a subscription fee). Even the remove Popcorn.net link in your Add/Remove programs will not eliminate the Popcorn.net Download Manager software.
Popcorn.net used to offer a phone number to cancel and remove Popcorn.net, however they have since routed that number to voicemail. In case you need the Popcorn.net phone number, it is: (866) 431-7720. They have now created a remove Popcorn.net customer service cancellation web page where you can request that your Popcorn.net software be
canceled and the Download Manager be removed. You can attempt to complete their remove Popcorn.net cancellation instructions, however reports indicate that when users visit the page, Popcorn.net demands money to remove Popcorn.net’ Download Manager popups from your computer. To attempt their remove Popcorn.net process, click on The Popcorn.net Cancellation Page and follow the remove Popcorn.net instructions listed there.
When you click on the link, you will be directed to a page that attempts to detect the Popcorn.net and Popcorn.net software on your computer. If it is detected, then you will be admitted into the remove Popcorn.net cancellation area. If you attempted to remove Popcorn.net in whole or in part already, you will be prompted to reinstall Popcorn.net and/or Popcorn.net on your PC. DO NOT REINSTALL Popcorn.net!! If the link takes you to a remove Popcorn.net page, do not, under any circumstances, provide any additional information about yourself such as your phone number, name, address, social security number, credit card number or bank account number to Popcorn.net.
Canceling your Popcorn.net account before you remove Popcorn.net is a technically important step. Even if you do not think you set up a Popcorn.net / Popcorn.net account, one was set up when the Popcorn.net software was installed on your computer. When you installed the Popcorn.net software on your PC (intentionally or not) you agreed to cancel your account before the end of your trial. While this removal tutorial doe not offer any legal or financial advice, it would be prudent to cancel your Popcorn.net account if at all possible before you remove Popcorn.net to prevent any additional debts from piling up. If you do not cancel your Popcorn.net account before you remove Popcorn.net / Popcorn.net account, you could be billed for an entire year of Popcorn.net service (the price varies, but could be as much as $359.88 USD).
Further, reports indicate that if you refuse to pay Popcorn.net, attempt to remove Popcorn.net software without paying Popcorn.net, dispute the Popcorn.net charges on your credit card, or cancel your Popcorn.net account in any way that is not in accordance with the Popcorn.net / Popcorn.net cancellation policy, that Popcorn.net may threaten you with bad marks on your credit report. Their terms of service make reference to their right to do so, although we have not found a single instance of an individual who was actually pursued.
If you have already paid money to remove Popcorn.net, it is IMPERATIVE that you follow their Popcorn.net removal directions and cancel your Popcorn.net / Popcorn.net account before you remove Popcorn.net from your computer. To cancel your account, please visit the Popcorn.net cancellation webpage. If you do not wish to cancel your Popcorn.net account or you can not access the remove Popcorn.net cancellation website, you should proceed with the remove Popcorn.net tutorial by clicking on the links below to move on to the remove Popcorn.net instructions.
Once you have canceled your Popcorn.net and/or Popcorn.net account, use the links below to manually remove Popcorn.net / Popcorn.net software from your PC and stop those annoying Popcorn.net trial software popups! The remove Popcorn.net process is quite easy and only involves 4 simple, FREE steps.
*note* We strongly suggest that you disable System Restore before continuing. Old scraps of the Popcorn.net or Download Manager software may be stored in your System Restore points. Use the links below to view a help article on disabling System Restore that is appropriate for your Operating System.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 1
The first step in removing the Popcorn.net software from your computer is to download and install the Firefox browser. You were infected with the Download Manager software when the creators of Popcorn.net manipulated your Internet Explorer browser. Before the Popcorn.net infection on your computer can be removed, you must install a secure browser. Install Firefox on your computer – it only takes seconds and is a critical repair step.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 2
After you have installed and opened Firefox, you need to begin the Popcorn.net removal process. To do this, you will need to disable your System Restore in Windows ME and XP. Once you have disabled your system restore, you should
because you will need to restart your PC.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 3
Next, you will need to boot your computer into Safe Mode. This will help ensure that the Popcorn.net and/or Download Manager infections are not running while you are attempting to remove Popcorn.net.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 4
Once you are in Safe Mode, run the uninstaller that was added to your Add/remove Programs list when the Popcorn.net and Download Manager software was initially installed. To do this, open your control panels and locate the Add/Remove Programs control panel. Double click on it to open it. Uninstall any of the following programs you find in the list of installed programs:
- P2P Networks
- My Access Media
- Download Manager
- Download Manager
- Notification Utility
- Notify, Notifier, Notification or anything like this (these names sometimes have numbers in them)
- Anything with Popcorn.net, MovieLand or Download Manager in the name
*note* As you attempt to remove these Popcorn.net and Download Manager programs, some of them may be in use (even in safe mode). Additionally, some people have reported that the uninstaller attempt to redirect them to a webpage rather than removing the software directly. If the uninstaller does not work, simply skip that step and proceed to the next step. You should be able to run the uninstaller after you have manually deleted the popcorn.net files. Because of this, the removals may fail. If any attempted Popcorn.net removal fails, press the “Ctrl-Alt-Del” key combination on your keyboard and click on the processes tab. This is a list of every running process on your computer. The name for the running process should be similar to the name of the program file removal that failed. For example, if the removal of the “Notification Utility” program failed, you might see a running process with the word “notification” in it. Left click on any such processes, and then left click on the “End Process” button. Once the Popcorn.net and Download Manager process have been ended, attempt the removal through Add/Remove Programs again.
While this seems simple enough, you are not done yet! If you restart your computer now you will be reinfected with Popcorn.net and Download Manager. There are only 2 steps left in the removal process. Next you will look for specific folders on your computer that are associated with Poporn.net and Download Manager. You will need to delete each of them to ensure you are not reinfected.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 5
Now that all of the applications have been removed using Add/Remove Programs, you will need to manually clean up the bits of Popcorn.net and their Download Manager that have been left behind. This is important to prevent reinfection with Popcorn.net and/or Download Manager! To do this, open My Computer, and then double click on your C drive. Then double click on the “Program Files” folder. If you get a “These files are hidden” message, click on the link to view the files.
We have found that this process is easiest if your Program Files folder is organized in “list” view. To do this, left click on the “View” option at the top of the window, and then left click on “List.” Now you should see an alphabetized list of every program folder that is installed on your computer. We have compiled a list of all known Popcorn.net folders below. Compare the list of Popcorn.net components below against the list of programs in your Program Files folder. Right click on any folders that match and left click on the word delete.
*note*A new variant of this software may have been released. This list of files and folder was updated in August, so it should be the latest.
- AltPay V2
- P2P Networks
- My Access Media
- Notification Utility
- Notify, Notifier, Notification or anything like this (these
names sometimes have numbers in them)
*note* As you attempt to remove these Popcorn.net and Download Manager folders, some of them may be in use. Because of this, the folder removals may fail. If any attempted Popcorn.net folder removal fails, press the “Ctrl-Alt-Del” key combination on your keyboard and click on the processes tab. This is a list of every running process on your computer. The name for the running process should be similar to the name of the program removal that failed. For example, if the removal of the “ITBill” folder failed, you might see a running process with the word “ITBill” in it. Left click on any such processes, and then left click on the “End Process” button. Once the process has been ended, attempt to delete the program’s folder again. If there are too many processes for you to figure out which is which, start by closing any open programs and programs represented by icons by your clock (the system tray). To close items in the system tray, you can typically right click on their icon and left click on an option to close or exit.
You are almost done! There is only one step of the removal process left before you are rid of Popcorn.net and Download Manager forever! You have removed the majority of the Popcorn.net infection from your computer, but now you must protest yourself against the software coming back on your system the same way it did before.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 6
There are still two things you must do to complete the removal process and prevent reinfection, so follow these directions carefully! and then restart your computer to exit Safe Mode. Once your computer is restarted, return to this page to continue.
Some users have reported that Popcorn.net has continually reinfected their computers after it has been successfully removed. To prevent this from happening to you, we recommend that you download and install the FREE Google Pack. The Google Pack contains FREE essential software which includes one of the best application on the Internet for removing spyware – Adaware Personal Edition. Downloading and installing the Google Pack over a high speed connection will take about 3 minutes, but it is WELL WORTH THE WAIT!! There are thousands of infections just like Popcorn.net out there that can cost you and your family big money if your computer is unprotected. Protect your family and your computer with the Google Pack.
Remove Popcorn.net Step 7
Once the Google Pack is installed, close all windows you have open. Do not empty your recycle bin yet. Just in case you removed one folder too many, you can restore them from the recycle bin. The last step of the removal process is to reboot your computer. This will terminate any additional Popcorn.net or Download Manager running processes, and refresh your system.
After your computer is rebooted, the remove Popcorn.net tutorial is complete. It is important to remember that even though you have removed the Popcorn.net / Download Manager software from your PC any account you may have intentionally or unintentionally established with Popcorn.net is still active and you may be responsible for charges on your account.
If you have not done so already, please call (866) 431-7720 to cancel your Popcorn.net and Download Manager account.
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