Is Limewire full of viruses?

By haidar
Nov 25, 2008
  1. hi there
    im just wondering if limewire is full of viruses because i want to download it

    because i was searching somewhere on the net and there where a couple of quotes saying its full of viruses

    please can some one give me an answer

    thank you
  2. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Limewire is an absolutely a well written high performance program and it can become infected itself as can almost any program.

    But it is what you download that gets you infested. You do realize when you search find and download that you are not getting it from some server like but directly from an individual persons HD.

    They can be out to get you or not realize they are infected yet!

  3. jimjams

    jimjams TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Yer what he said.

    Plus if you are searching for an .MP3 file for example (which are generally 5mb in size)
    and one pops up thats 200kb then it's basically a virus

    Have A Nice Day :D
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'd like to see those links

    Can you provide them?

    Limewire doesn't have viruses, it would be removed within the first minute of this being known
    They have a huge site here:
    With Support as well!

    Absolute ludicrous to say this

    As for jimjams comment, being just as bad (ignorant is better) as the original question
    Viruses can go in any size file from less than a Kilobyte to Gigs (as in packages) including songs!

    By the way, I wouldn't download using Limewire, half the downloads have viruses attached to them. Actually in many cases Malware removal specialists will not help members with this download manager installed

    This would have to be the question of the day! :haha: :D :p
  5. vindKtiv

    vindKtiv TS Rookie

    As said before, Limewire has no viruses. Its what you download that gets you viruses. Chances are, if you use Limewire, you will get a virus on accident. My suggestion is that you stay away from it and instead use Bittorrent to download (legal) files from your peers.
  6. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    Yeah, some certain torrent sites certify that the files you are downloading work and are virus free.
    Some usergroups do the same.
    Worth looking into.
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Well any of them can download Viruses
    But I guess Bittorent (and especially from your peers) you are less likely to get Virus infection
    But quite obviously you still can

    Limewire downloads just seemed to be the worst

    The only way to trust the download is by confirming the MD5 Hash code
    Even the trusted recognized businesses that use Bittorent say check our hash codes first. Although you would really need to trust your peers, and know them well
  8. jimjams

    jimjams TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Did you read my post lol?

    Plus if you are searching for an .MP3 file for example (which are generally 5mb in size)
    and one pops up thats 200kb then it's basically a virus

    I didn't say anything about virus coming from any size
    I said that if you are searching for a type of file and lots have the same sort of file size, and then one crops up thats very different in size etc. then it's probably a virus

    So yes limewire does include viruses but they are generally easy to spot

  9. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    P2P programs = Please note that as long as you are using any form of Peer-to-Peer networking and downloading files from non-documented sources, you can expect infestations of malware to occur.

    Once upon a time, P2P file sharing was fairly safe. That is no longer true. You may continue to use P2P sharing at your own risk; however, please keep in mind that this practice may be the source of many malware infestations. see
  10. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    ill try and find the parts where it said that there are viruses


    i found these comments on youtube


    Don't use lime wire it gives virus the man that was fixing my pc said so.


  11. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    While the program itself is not infested with viruses or any other malware, the files that you download while using the program may have some junk attached to them, and may harm your system. This is the truth for any p2p program.
  12. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    so bearshare can have the same problem cant it depending on the files uploaded on it .

    so what was uploaded gets downloaded

    so you mean that if a music file was uploaded with viruses on it when you download it you get the viruses that where uploaded with the song or what ever you download

  13. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    The truth is that all these files are coming from another person's Hard Drive. People with bad intentions have taken advantage of the P2P process. One might hide or attach a malicious program within/to a particular file(MP3, WMV, AVI, WMA........) in an attempt to get access to your computer. Whether it is Bareshare, Limewire, Morpheus or Torrent Clients such Vuze or Bit torrent, it doesn't matter the process is the same(Hard Drive to Hard Drive). The software is not the problem. The problem lies with the person on the other end of the sharing process.
  14. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    so how can i know if a music file has viruses on it .

    is there some how i could know if theres viruses on a song before i even download it.


  15. Xfactor

    Xfactor TS Rookie Posts: 76

    Through the past months, it has become really infested. And its getting worse!!

    If your going to use it, the best thing you can do (imo) is look for the file's that are capitalized, with the artist in front of the title.

    e.g..Bob Seger-Against the Wind(MP3)

    Corrupt file...aginst the wind-bob seger

    Today, theres even a few, that look safe, but arent. I suggest you do your searches several at a time. Then run a full system scan, opposed to a few on several different occasions.

    The last time I installed, Limewire I didnt get infected. But after I installed the Java, I did.

    Live 1 care, has great real time protection for this.
  16. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    P2P has become the easiest way for malware writers to spread their warez. I could write a malicious file right now (give it any name - same as the legit files - or capatalize as you say most of them do), look at the top downloaded music for the day - give it the name of the top download, put it in my sharing folder and hook up to share it on any P2P program.

    There really is no way for a normal user to decide what is legit and what isn't.

    You can't go by file size either, because you can use the music file as a trojan to carry the goods - and different music files of different quality will be different sizes anyways.

    What it seems like they have been writing lately will be a .dll file inside, which hooks svchost.exe - then people think svchost is the problem - when in fact it is the .dll file using svchost as the generic host to launch. I have also seen a few using ADS lately.

    There is also currently a rootkit going around and 3 other type of malware that will alter your DNS
  17. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    yeh i have a compaq laptop whicj has some sort.dll virus i cant remove what do i do to remove it
  18. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I've gotten a virus twice...that's it, and I've been using LimeWire for years.

    You just have to be smart about it, and scan everything that you download :) . Note that LimeWire itself isn't a's some files that are uploaded that have viruses in them.
  19. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    During the course of our interactions please be sure to follow all instructions carefully, and ask questions if you are unsure of how to proceed at any point.

    Please have a read here-> Is your system infected? Read this before Cleaning or Formatting

    If you decide to clean your system please follow these Viruses/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions and post back in this thread with the requested logs. There should be at least 3.

    1)MBAM log
    2)SAS log
    3)Hijackthis log (last step)
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  21. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    ok thanks for your help im not on my compaq at the moment but ill do what your telling me when i jump on it later today

    thankyou very much for your help
  22. jimjams

    jimjams TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Also sometimes when i download files from limewire, when it has finished downloading limewire pops up saying 'This is a corrupt file would you like to finish downloading?' then my anti-virus pops up saying it's found a virus.

    Be wary of that
  23. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    by the way i downloaded this of the internet do you guys think its good for malware its called
    malware bytes anti malware version

    thank you

    this is the link where the software is located

    old version, link removed
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  25. haidar

    haidar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    oh ok thankyou very much


    do you recommend updating to the latest one or are they sort of the same


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