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Antipiracy Foundation Scanner / ICPP Copyright Violation Alert

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Antipiracy Foundation Scanner / Fake Copyright Violation Alert

The issue of intellectual property has seen more than its share of news headlines in the recent past because of the easy accessibility of copyrighted material online.  Whether it is copyrighted music, images, or words, material is easy to find and easier to take.  The Antipiracy Foundation Scanner is a rogue program that is taking advantage of an increased awareness in copyright law.  What could this mean for you?

What is the Antipiracy Foundation Scanner?

The Antipiracy Foundation Scanner, issued by the fictitious ICPP Copyright Foundation, is known as an "extortion Trojan."  The rogue program claims to have found illegal torrents in your system; it is, in essence, telling you that you have stolen copyrighted material.  If you agree to pay a fine immediately, conveniently payable via credit card, then you can avoid a larger fine and possible jail time.  Similar to a rogue antivirus program, the Antipiracy Foundation Scanner is seeking to create the illusion of some sort of threat, while offering a means to resolve that threat. 

This Trojan is also known as ICPP-Online, AP Manager and I-Q Manager, as well as Trojan.Fakecopyright.

How Does the Antipiracy Foundation Scanner Work?

The ICPP, which is not a real organization, claims to be affiliated with licensing companies, RIAA and MPAA and issues warnings stating that copyrighted content detected in your system could result in large fines and jail time.  A typical warning has the words, "Copyright Violation Alert" at the top, followed by this message:

Windows has detected that you are using content that has been downloaded violating copyright of its respective owners.  Please read the following bulletin and try to solve the problem in one of the recommended ways.

The "recommended way" that the ICPP rogue hopes you will choose is to settle the case immediately.  For less than $400, you can pay your fine and avoid a costly and time-consuming court case. In a fairly detailed brief, the alert reads:

Probably you've been using file-sharing clients, torrents, or downloaded the content straight from the website. In any of those cases, you have violated the copyright of the respective owners. In most countries, this type of activity is prosecuted and serious penalties are imposed.  Maximum penalties could be five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Your other option, according to the Trojan, is to take your chances in court, where, it implies, you will most likely lose.

The presence or absence of copyrighted material on your computer is completely irrelevant. This Trojan can as easily affect someone who never downloads so much as a music video illegally as someone who routinely takes entire movies.  The point is that the Trojan cannot scan your system, and its claim to have found illegal material is patently absurd.  In addition, if you had violated copyright law so egregiously, a real law firm would be visiting you in person.  And they had better come armed with warrants.  In short, this is an ad, an attempt to get you to give up $400 and your credit card information. 

Other messages you may see include:

Warning!

This computer is being used for illegal activity associated with copyright violation.  Records about this computer's owner are about to be sent to court. If you saw this message by accident, please report any information about a possible owner of this comp.

And:

Warning!

Performing this action is construed as refusal to cooperate with the copyright holder and unwillingness to consider pre-trial settlement.  If you continue, all the data gathered will be passes [sic] to copyright protection organizations and to the court.  We recommend cancelling this action and choosing the option "pre-trial settlement."

The Antipiracy Foundation Scanner, or I-Q Manager may also cause the following issues in your system:

  • Slow performance and occasional freezes
  • Changed browser settings and redirects to the ICPP website, icpp-online.com.
  • More and more false scan results and copyright violation alerts each time you reboot your computer.

The ICPP Trojan is distributed through scareware sites, and users inadvertently download it themselves when visiting these sites, which can include adult, gaming, freeware, shareware, warez, torrent, and social networking sites. 

What to Do if the Antipiracy Foundation Scanner is In Your System

Never pay.  That is the first and most important key to remember if the Antipiracy Foundation Scanner has become downloaded into your computer.  The icpp-online.com site has a payment page that, on first glance, appears to be just like any other.  At the top is the message:

Thank you for your decision.  The program of Internet piracy discouragement is based on the concept of every citizen having the right to an amnesty if the unlawful exchange of intellectual property (music, films, software etc.) does not take place repeatedly.

You are told that once you pay your bill, you will have the right to use the material in question according to copyright laws and "all the issues with the copyright holder will be settled."  Next, is your choice of credit card options, followed by an itemized list of expenses:

  • Legal license purchase, $15
  • Copyright holder fine, $249
  • Copyright protection organization fee for the use of software tracking illegal file downloads, $126
  • Traffic fee, $2
  • And an unmarked charge of $7.85 for a grand total of $399.85.

After the credit card information is entered, you are told that your billing information, IP address, and other data will be saved in case you should commit copyright violations in the future.  Again, this is completely false.  It is important to never get to this point: don't click on these ads, don't worry about going to federal prison, and certainly do not give out your credit card information.

Removing Antipiracy Foundation Scanner Trojan

It is important to remove the Antipiracy Foundation Scanner as soon as possible, both to save you from the irritation but also to make sure your computer is secure from other forms of malware.  A program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) can quickly, effectively, and safely eliminate the Trojan, and cost you much less than $400. You can also remove the Trojan manually, though this is recommended only for those with technical expertise.

A licence key is available that may free up your PC. However, you will still need to remove this Trojan. License Key: RFHM2-TPX47-YD6RT-H4KDM

Remove Files and Folders:

%UserProfile%Application DataIQManager
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManageriqmanager.exe
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagersettings.ini
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagertorrents
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManageruninstall.exe
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerwallpaper.jpg
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguages
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesCzech.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesDanish.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesDutch.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesEnglish.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesFrench.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesGerman.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesItalian.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesPortuguese.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesSlovak.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagesSpanish.lng
%UserProfile%Application DataIQManagerlanguagestemplate.lng
%UserProfile%DesktopI-Q Manager.lnk

Remove Registries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallIQManager
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "iqmanager.exe"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon "Shell" = "%UserProfile%Application DataIQManageriqmanager.exe



Removing Antipiracy Foundation Scanner / ICPP Copyright Violation Alert Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Antipiracy Foundation Scanner / ICPP Copyright Violation Alert and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Antipiracy Foundation Scanner / ICPP Copyright Violation Alert Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Antipiracy Foundation Scanner / ICPP Copyright Violation Alert please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


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