p2p networks are really good?

By AngelOfLighT ยท 14 replies
Jun 8, 2007
  1. p2p networks are really good?
    i thin it slow your pc, worms, and virus come.
    its any point to have them?
    couse is slow your pc too.
    any sugestions?
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    P2P networks are not inherently bad, as long as the software you use to connect to them is not malicious, and you don't use them to download malicious/pirated software.

    The problem with some P2P networks is that the softare used is malicious itself, like Kazaa. And it's easy to download viruses/spyware/etc. using P2P. Also, there's a lot of pirated content, which is illegal.
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    WinMX is good... The latest version is 3.2. It needs to be patched to function. Don't pay for the software. It is a free download, although a lot of sites want you to pay for it... Always make sure your system is protected from spyware, malware and viruses

    Go here for download, patch and info:


  4. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    I use Limewire and Torrent software, albeit Limewire does carry a lot of Viri, but its easily spotted as they are usually small files, the torrents I download come from a very reputable site where Viri are never found in any of the files.

    On the flip side there are some torrent sites that are untrusted and Viri are easily available the same as anywhere, rules are , if its source is unknown then dont touch it.

  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No, P2P software does not slow your computer any more than any other program. Your own stupidity does when you download untrusted (and illegal) software.
    P2P networks do not have any more worms than any other networks like instant messengers or Windows file sharing.
    No, (respected) P2P software does not give you viruses. Your own stuidity does when you download untrusted (and illegal) software.
  6. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    p2p programmes are very useful. nevertheless they are only any good if you use them cautiousely.
    i like the saying, "things are only as good as the fool with the mouse".
  7. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    i use limewire pro and Torrent, if anybody wants limewire pro i will hook u up
  8. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    no P2P just arent spyware/malware or virus in itself. agreed KAZAA is a culprit.
    but LIMEWIRE, SHAREAZA, WAREZ, EMULE, arent a problem.
    P2P allows you to download files from someone else computer... so if you download files such as .exe, .com, .rar or .zip and others, you need to first scan it for virus... cause the data cant be reliable.
    pictures, music and movies can be downloaded without any hassels.
    maybe the p2p you have, had already been infected by a virus. download the software from a reliable source.
    P2P doesnt slow the computer either... only that they eat your internet bandwidth (depending on your usage of the P2P).
    they may slow the computer when your're sharing many files... so when the p2p starts, it needs to either index the file or make it ready to share with other peers... this will happen only when the p2p initializes so chill out till its done.
  9. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Actually, data files may not be safe either. Anyone remember the Microsoft GDI+ vulnerability? System compromise via a JPEG file, yay!
  10. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Nope must have missed that one, got a link for info on it ?

  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

  12. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Cheers H for that, its bookamrked and when I get this dam server finished i'll read it....
  13. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I mainly use uTorrent, a client of Bittorrent. Although there may be alot of pirated software out there, you can also find many other things out there like Linux Distrobutions :D ! I find that torrents are safer, and I've never had any problems with them.
  14. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    SHAREAZA, WAREZ, EMULE all suc...
    WAREZ P2P is no longer even available
    try ARES
    ARES rox... even better than limewire, i was popular on limewire but i've switched to ares cauz it gives me better download speeds.
  15. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    P2P programs with UPnP and with JAVA is the quickest
    ARES is very good and fast

    Deaciated build PC running these programs with network tweaks you would have very good stable downloader/seeder..

    1. Good AV program
    2. Good Spyware program
    3. Good firewall
    4. Adware blocker/popup blocker
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