how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

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how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by BigAmzz on 18th August 2009, 12:34 pm

i dont know what it is i just dont trust these things....how safe are programmes such as limewire and ares ???

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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 18th August 2009, 1:44 pm

The programs are usually safe, but the files shared on the networks aren't. Malware writers like to target p2p networks, due to no precaution taken to ensure that the files shared are not malicious. When you download a file for example, it may be bundled with malware.


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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Safan on 18th August 2009, 1:49 pm

I recommend not using them.

Each download you make can potentially have malware or such, unless you know the original uploader or from a trusted website. For example, Radiohead's new song called These Are My Twisted Words is on torrent sites, but it is a trusted source if you get the torrent link from their website as they uploaded it to the torrents. However, if you come across another torrent which appears to the the same song, but not the torrent posted on their website, the file may have been altered to cause damage to your computer.

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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Belahzur on 18th August 2009, 2:54 pm

Did anyone mention file sharing is illegal? Let me think


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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 18th August 2009, 3:03 pm

Yeah well, so many people are already doing it there's no point mentioning, file sharing wouldn't stop anyway. LOL Banner


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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by BigAmzz on 18th August 2009, 5:32 pm

so basically i would be better off not using them at all???

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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Safan on 18th August 2009, 7:57 pm

If you decide to use them, your computer will be at a higher risk of attack. However the majority do not have malware.

Please make sure what you download is within the laws of your country as well.

But, from a legal point of view it is better off not using them, as what you are getting may be copyright which may lead to fines.

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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by megatails5 on 18th August 2009, 9:53 pm

i used to use limewire, and thats how i got viruses on my computer the first time you guys helped me out, i was desperate to find that old game: Abe's Exoddus. And so i scoured the internet looking for a download more than just a demo, and a link opened up limewire (which i had been using previously) which started downloading the file, i waited and waited as it was a few gigs of space, luckily the second i couldnt get it to work i deleted it to stop any further malware, then, upon finding out i HAD malware already offloaded i got rid of LW.
Moral of the story, sometimes it's best not to take chances, even if the reward looks worth it.



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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by BigAmzz on 18th August 2009, 11:33 pm

are there any safe ones? what about megaupload?

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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Belahzur on 19th August 2009, 12:00 am

Same thing with file sharing websites, the site is clean, but the files may not be.


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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 19th August 2009, 1:16 am

I read in the papers before that most people caught with illegal music downloads use p2p.


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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by skilldegree on 20th August 2009, 9:35 am

I think it's harder to be tracked when downloading from server sites, especially when they're in Germany and most court cases are in the US.

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Re: how safe are p2p file sharing programmes?

Post by ShinigamiA92 on 23rd September 2009, 1:10 pm

Funny enough no matter where you are in the world if you violate copyright and someone finds you, you are going to suffer ...You can be prosecuted in your country by an international court, which sucks... BUT we should all realise that if it's illigal and free : one, we are stealing ; two, what about all the original artists' hard work for null!!!

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