It seems that Kazaa 3 includes everything discerning users have bemoaned in P2P software: flashing ads, spyware, and blatant attempts to pry your money away from you in online casinos. Think of it as the Las Vegas strip, except that everything that goes on inside Kazaa stays on your computer. The best thing we can say about Kazaa is that it's free, but so are better P2P apps, such as. If you don't care about having information about your surfing habits collected and you don't balk at the blatant, seizure-inducing ads tailored to sell you stuff, you may like Kazaa. We'll pass.
Kazaa 3's setup is rather ponderous, mostly because of all the other software the program installs. On its Web site, Kazaa touts its lack of spyware and even lectures you on proper file-sharing behavior. Yet one of the installation dialogs specifically warned us that in order to deliver tailored advertising, the accompanying software from "The Best Offers and other partners" would gather information about the Web sites we visited. That's spyware no matter how fine you split hairs. This must-install software includes the Need2Find Internet Explorer toolbar, RXToolbar, Altnet's PeerPoint Manager, and something called InstantFind. gave Kazaa 3 a clean bill of health, but we remain suspicious and encourage you to keep your antispyware apps current.