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Have you ever received a virus from using a P2P program?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / March 15, 2007 10:00 AM PDT

Have you ever received a virus, Trojan, or spyware from using file-sharing programs?

-- Yes (Tell us about it.)

-- No (What's your secret?)

-- I don't know (You might want to scan your PC.)

-- I don't use file-sharing programs

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No just stop P2P on our network.
by mbryansf / March 16, 2007 10:08 AM PDT

I 've never got a bug through P2P because I don't use them, but I have plenty of stories of users on my network who have used P2P to download songs, videos, etc, who have received unknown MALWARE as a side benefit. My job is to detect P2P traffic and stop it, especially when it clogs up the network traffic, by someone using a machine to make a 30gb download of 24.

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by abecca / March 16, 2007 10:21 AM PDT

I have received more virus's and accidental porn from Limewire than from Bear Share. Music files and videos have been totally safe for me, but over half the anti-virus programs or patches I have downloaded from Bear Share have had a virus. Also half the games I try to download seem to have one too. I limit my downloading now to music, and just go and buy the programs I want. It's just safer.

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by dragonfly1601 / March 16, 2007 10:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes!

I have dl files with a virus/trojan but everytime the file is .rar or ziped I scan to make sure, so 've never gottan infected by it. But that was long ago. I'm seeing BitTorrent exclusivly now. She's great Wink But seriously, I only dl avi nowadays anyway and as far as I've seen there aren't many viruses/trojan on BT.

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Limeware had some viruses.
by thesuperx$ / March 16, 2007 4:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes!

Limeware had some problems when I first started using it back in 2001. But now I haven't seen any problems with hackers etc.And No Viruses Thax god!.I still hate it that you ahve to pay to use there service!.Limeware Pro?.what a ripoff!/,,

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by cigarscool / March 19, 2007 11:40 AM PDT

not if you use limewire basic to download limewire pro!!!

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Limewire basic
by tracey41 / February 19, 2009 10:56 PM PST
In reply to: hahaha

l have being using Limewire basic for years too. l had the Geek Squad check my com to see why it was running slow and they found 53,000mp3 files all 1 second long that had come in with all downloads. l've taken limewire off now and wont use it again. l'll just have to buy my music.

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by Vic Shone / March 16, 2007 10:36 AM PDT

One has to be careful with the lenght of the file downloaded.
The short ones as 141,1kb are not the music file you want and they are generally adwares or may contain a virus.
Just be careful with the lenght of the file and not the name of it.
Be happy all ! :-))

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external drive
by johnno / March 16, 2007 11:27 AM PDT

I have not had a virus because when i download from limewire i download to a relativly cheap external hard drive then scan before adding to my normal drive

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noppirs, no viruses here
by henryalevy / March 16, 2007 11:32 AM PDT

i found it fairly easy to keep my machines clean, and i use 3 p2p programs an each of 2 computers. first, i set the program to scan every file downloaded with antivirus. second, i set the downloaded files folder in each application to the same folder. third, after the files are downloaded, the whole folder can be scanned with antivirus and spyware sweepers again without going all over the place to find them. i never open these files until after they are all scanned with several apps. if you want to know, i use norton antivirus and webroot spysweeper on one computer, and avg, norton spyware scanner, and windows defender(or whatever it's called now), on the other, and with the home network, the download folder can be scanned from either comp, or both. am i being too paranoid?? maybe, but after a couple years of p2p downloading i haven't been infected once because of it, and i couldn't even begin to count the infections that have been caught.
just my 2 cents.

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noppirs,no virus here
by helen56 / March 16, 2007 12:34 PM PDT

Loved your reply, but when and where did you find the time to write it?

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(NT) Exactly so!
by Llantha / March 18, 2007 9:07 AM PDT
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I Won't Do It
by dburr13 / March 16, 2007 11:37 AM PDT

I don't use file sharing programs because it feels like stealing to me...The fact that some serious punishment has come down on some that have been caught by music licensing organizations only reinforces that view...I am not so afraid of getting a virus on my computer...than i am catching myself in an activity that doesn't feel right to me...I know others disagree...but that's why i won't do it.

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No viruses here
by bmk789 / March 16, 2007 11:38 AM PDT

Been file sharing in linux for years. not one virus

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Once and only once
by dharris9311 / March 16, 2007 12:00 PM PDT
In reply to: No viruses here

I listened to a friend who swore that P2P was safe and "Everyone" was doing it. I attempted to download Madonna (I know...Serves me right)and
promptly picked up a crazy virus that made everything on my monitor appear to melt. It wasn't a very nasty virus but, it was a hassle to remove. Lesson learned ... Spend the 89 cents for a song.

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by cesgeek / March 17, 2007 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Once and only once

I have spent the 89cents many times and agree it is safer and often better quality. HOWEVER,
None of the songs I purchased will play on the new PC. Musicmatch has sent me pages of information on what steps I must take to play the songs. It was easier to go to Limewire and download them all over again.
A real pain to purchase this music then not be able to play it without going through a bunch of ********.

Old tape decks came with two heads so you could copy the media to another tape. Connect your PC to a satellite source and get all the digital music you want. It is sharing just as it is in Limewire.

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Downloading from any share ware program could hurt you
by lcrumbaugh / March 16, 2007 12:02 PM PDT

i thought that i was safe using the lime wire pro...but three weeks after downloading and paying $18.00 for it I was hit by a trojan that with in three days of a download...caused a system 32 error in my windows. PLEASE>>>be carefull when using these programs even lime wire tells you that they do not scan for any viruses in the program contents. And just for the record...NO ONE IS SAFE USING ANY SHARE WARE PROGRAM...ALL IT TAKES IS ONE VIRUS RIDDLED DOWNLOAD AND YOU ARE DEAD IN THE WATER...AND I HAVE SINCE DELEATED ALL SHAREWARE AND DOWN LOADS FROM MY COMPUTER..NEVER AGAIN...BUYING IT IS THE BETTER OPTION.

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Not in 3 years
by White Wolf 01 / March 16, 2007 12:26 PM PDT

I have been using LimeWire for the past couple of years. I paid a subscription fee last September and have been extremely happy with the results. However, I have never received a virus, trojan or spyware from P2P file sharing. I use good programs and common sense to avoid this. I have Norton Corporate (an older version with up to date definitions). AVG Free, Zone Alarm Pro and Windows Defender. I have paid for all but AVG Free and Windows Defender which was free from Microsoft. I also sit behind a router based firewall.

I also use something that isn't used a lot today, "Common Sense." If the file looks too good to be true...then it usually is. If you see a file that shows a size of lets just say 1,400kb and you know it should be at least a couple megs, why would you download it. If the file isn't exactly what you're searching for, it probably isn't a file you want. You have to know this is a scam of some sort whether it's a virus or spyware or whatever. Another one is when you do a search for a file and you get something that looks like or says porn, it isn't the file you're looking for or is a variation of it. Variations can be and often are not what they appear to be. Common sense can save you a lot of time and effort if you just use it.

When I first installed LimeWire, I set up a download directory for it. All files for download are within this directory. Every download, whether from LimeWire or any other source, is scanned before it is used. If the file is going to be allowed for uploading, it is moved to another folder which is the only folder allowed for uploading.

I believe that if we all do our part, this kind of malware can be, if not stopped, at least slowed down. It's up to each and every one of us to use common sense and good virus protection as well as good spyware protection to protect ourselves.

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common sense - not in 5 years
by napata2 / March 18, 2007 1:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Not in 3 years

I agree good comomon sense is the key. I have had attempts to send me viruses via chat/IM and discussion groups - unmoderated discussion groups seem to be a sewer for this sort of thing. My anti-virus has also detected virus in unsolicited porn .. i.e mislabelled files .. 'live video of rock star in concert ...' etc. Never a problem with plain mp3.

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Oh yeah - best be careful
by scblair / March 16, 2007 12:37 PM PDT

I have gotten trojans and the occasional backdoor from downloads. I stick strictly to torrents; some torrent search sites have areas for user comments and these are EXTREMELY helpful in finding bad torrents. As others have said, even if you're downloading legally there will be wild and malicious viruses out there, so always remember to scan often and thoroughly. BTW file size alone is not always the best indicator of a virus. Sure a 130k version of Adobe Photoshop.exe is a virus, but that same virus can hide in a 2.1Gb file.

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Filesize can be an indicator
by White Wolf 01 / March 16, 2007 1:09 PM PDT


I only stated that file size could be an indicator, not that it was necessarily the best or only indicator. However, as we both stated, a download that appears to only have a, I'll use your example, 130k when it should be several megs, is most likely malware. Also, I should have stated as you did that any size file can contain a virus, trojan or spyware. I can't stress enough that scanning every file is essential to the health of your PC. Again, I'll use a line from your post...."SCAN OFTEN AND THOROUGHLY."

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Virus from File-sharing programs
by brike / March 16, 2007 3:54 PM PDT

Yes, I have received several Trojan horses. You don't have to execute a program/file. Once you discover that a certain program, movie or song is only 137kb, or 43kb, they are most likely viruses or Trojan horses.

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Sour lime wire
by Fredileek / March 16, 2007 4:33 PM PDT

when i was downloading one time i blocked like 3 trojan horses at a time it was crazy but most of all the files that had trojans were WMA's.

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by yogranny09 / March 16, 2007 10:50 PM PDT

long story short, I was new to Limewire. I downloaded a file, and without me knowing it installed a virus on my computer. I didn't tell there was sonething wrong on my computer for another couple of days. Programs ceased to work. Soon I couldn't even access my internet. I decided to run a scan with my anti-virus software (at least that still worked). I found over 5000 problems, and deleted em'. About a mon th later I still couldn't get rid of all the problems (trojans, bugs etc.) that that one virus gave me. Everytime I ran the scan that virus would show up, I tried directly going to the folder that contained the virus, deleting it didn't help. It was ALWAYS there. After 3 months, I gave up, and used the AWESOME restoration disk. Although ALL of my things were erased, Im free! lol. I've had many virus infections on my computer but nothing I couldn't solve or fix. This was the first, and the last.

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Virus/Trojan from P2P
by flnettles / March 16, 2007 12:38 PM PDT

No big deal, any number of virus and spyware programs I have zap them easily. Norton worked the quickest and easiest.

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Never had a virus from downloading freeware
by softwarecritic / August 25, 2007 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Virus/Trojan from P2P

I use Bit Defender AV and several anti spyware programs such as Webroot and SpyBot S&D. I download to a folder and then use the AV and Webroot to scan the folder from the context menu. I prefer the Eastern European AV apps since I believe that they are superior in spotting 'viruses in the wild'.

Also download from trusted sites such as Cnet,et al.

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BitTorrent network +tight firewall and care about security
by Niftydog / March 16, 2007 12:39 PM PDT

Just downloading only torrent from trackers that care about these threats, i.e. spyware, virus a.s.o.
Hardware firewall(have WiFi router)+desktop firewall+ never open a compressed file without pre-test it with AV and anti-spyware soft. Virus,trojans,worms,rootkits are a flood, coming surreptitiously through e-mail, robots testing all ports, tricky web sites,messenger...and victims are normally those "hit enter" guys/gals that do not realize that there is a jungle out there . A little of care and risk are just those inherent to the use of Windows as OS.Less risk ? pay for a Mac or use Linnux in an older machine.

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I've never gotten any viruses or Trojans
by ahawkeyes / March 16, 2007 12:41 PM PDT

Had a Mac for a while now, and thats probably the reason I've gotten to viruses. Even on my Windows machine though I've had no problems. Although, all I've downloaded are music files and they ussally pretty safe.

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being dumb
by Falconias / March 16, 2007 12:46 PM PDT

I have almost never had a virus from P2P networks. The ONLY time i got one was when I was stupid and downloaded one of those 1.4 exe files because i thought it might be the exe i was looking for (a program that is no longer available because of people downloading the serial drove the company out of business). Unfortunately, I didn't virus scan it, ran it, and ended up with around 250 different dloaders, viruses, trojans, etc on my computer. Thank God for Windows XP's ability to rewind to a former state. Otherwise I would have been in for a reinstall.

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good virus protection
by beyondtoday / March 16, 2007 1:21 PM PDT

althought I do sometimes download a movie to preview and see if I like it before wasting $20-$30 to buy it. and the same said for some software. I have found that if you have a good virus software like Avast and it is free. plus a internet/spyware cleaner program like Scrubxp also free your system will stay protected as these programs do raise the alarm bells as soon as they find a virus coming down to your computer and they also kill the contection straight away hence grab program killed. it should also be noted that a lot of hackers traget protection software written by firms like microsoft mainly cause you paid for it. do the right thing with file share download test or preview prgrams then pay for it if you intend to keep on using it

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by wenallt / March 16, 2007 1:27 PM PDT

I use e-mule and have recieved several nasties. Since emule downloads to one folder AVG finds it and isolates it.
I have as yet never had any get free into my computer to do any damage.
So use a good anti virus program,check before you move downloaded files or open them.
Do a regular scan.

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