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Should I continue using Limewire?

By Kelly
Mar 25, 2009
  1. I installed Limewire on my computer, but I don't download file from the program itself but I use it to download files from isohunt, so does spyware still be able to infect the computer????
     
  2. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 563

    Hey Kelly

    All P2P programs / torrent sites / etc contain viruses, spyware and malware.

    Spyder_1386 :)
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I liked kritius quote, so I usually reply with it when I have seen Limewire whist trying to clear up Malware in the Virus & Malware removal forum

    I suggest further that if you suspect any Malware and you are presently tring to remove it, that all P2P programs are not just disabled, but fully removed.

     
  4. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Clear enough answer, even though everybody should have known it already.

    It is also clear that any file you download from unverified sources may contain malware, whatever the means you use to download it, be it from P2P, Torrent, file host or software site

    But I am not quite clear as regards the following related query.

    Is there an additional danger from P2P in giving hackers access to your system because of the way they work? In other words can you still get infected even if the file you downloaded is clean? Gary R seems to be saying this, I just wanted confirmation.

    Now, if the above answer is positive, i.e. if a hacker can exploit the P2P mechanism to infect your system, is there a difference in security between standard P2P (such as Emule or Limewire) and Torrents (such as the popular uTorrent?) In Torrents you are not offering any of your files, but only the one you are downloading.
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I'll be brief..

    There is just so much info and talk on P2P (Peer to Peer) File sharing software on the Net it's unbelievable :rolleyes:

    Lets look at some facts:

    All the well known P2P programs (Limewire uTorrent etc) do not contain Malware
    P2P allows data to be available for transfer from point A to point B
    Downloading Torrents is quite safe from a respectful "Safe Site"
    Generally users do not download data from "Safe Sites"
    Using P2P software a user must allow an exception to their Firewall
    P2P software allow access in and out of your computer
    Data is shared between multiple downloaders\uploaders

    That's basically the grunt of it. ;)
    But, this is where the fault starts for most users. What is a "Safe Site" or location?
    Well if you were say downloading a Torrent Podcast from your local TV station, generally I'd say you were pretty safe
    Actually many respectful Web based sites use Torrents as their main download P2P service
    So what's the issue then? Especially since it's used globally on many respectful sites.

    Well there are also many less desired sites that use P2P and torrents, actually these sites out weigh the respectful sites by about 100 x
    These bad sites (meaning riddled with Virus and Malware and lots more) are the known: Gaming; P0rn; Movies; Music; Pictures; Spam; 1llegal; Underground; Dark sites (and this list can be truly never ending)
    Sadly this is where most of the P2P and torrents are generally downloaded from

    So who cares, you say; you have all your Antivirus and AntiMalwares and Firewalls up to date.
    Oh, that's right your Firewall was totally (100%) bypassed, as per the facts above
    Oh the Virus and Malwares are hidden deep inside the programs and are not picked up
    Oh yer the other Peer on my shared folder (or drive) has full access
    Oh all my identifying info, including IP; Location; OS; Browser; Name is all sent out too :(
    Who cares again? Well this is the crunch. Most of these free programs and software and data, is generally cr@cked, and also includes Time bombs; and malware that can fully remove all defense and security software from your computer. Making it totally defenseless, allowing all your private data to be sent out to others

    Hmm, no wonder users who use P2P generally get infected by Trojans Rootkits etc
    And no wonder that they are bombarded with Spam emails and generally inevitably having corrupted Windows software
    Why do they do this? Because there's money to be made from selling your private information, especially to sales companies. Or it's an individual who just wants to hack you.

    My recommendation: Uninstall ;)
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I never recommend the use of P2P software on the internet as it is an open and unsecure network. P2P software is only safe on closed loop networks where all nodes are known to be virus free.
     
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    You beat me to it kimsland! I was going to quote the excellent write up by kritius also.
     
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    P2P can be safe, but if you don't know what your doing I too recommend pulling it off the system. I never use Limewire and won't allow that to be installed on none of my systems. If you need to use P2P build a system or use an older one and make that have heavy duty protection meaning set protection to the max. Just way too many script kiddies out there that can take over one system and cause issues.
     
  9. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 698

    P2P programs are like downloading a virus onto your computer

    Limewire is a constant problem with the machines being brought into my workshop, people just won't listen >.<
     
  10. ChinoNYC

    ChinoNYC TS Rookie Posts: 102

    I was an avid user of LimeWire until my backup PC crashed. Lucky for me, it was only a backup and I just simply reinstalled Windows 98 / 2000 and now I just keep it around for my nephew to play some of those old DOS and Win32 games that I had laying around.
     
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