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are all file sharing programs spyware?

by baddawgg / January 30, 2007 10:53 PM PST

It seems the latest trend is for antispyware programs to identify file sharing programs as spyware. Do they actually send information about you over the Internet without your knowledge?

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I'm going to write yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 11:22 PM PST

Almost any P2P program is going to have to broadcast "I have this file" and "I'm at this address, call me."

So there you go. It could be written that all P2P is spyware. But then again once I tell you what it does, is it spyware?


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Use Torrent software
by skycatcher / February 1, 2007 7:59 PM PST

If you use a program that downloads Torrents, and you also run a good firewall (one that guards incoming and outgoing traffic - some only block incoming) you should be OK. I use BitComet, which does have the habit of taking over all my Internet for some reason, but I've never had a problem with Spyware. I do use Outpost firewall, which asks if you want outgoing traffic to take place and I've also shut down all ports that I don't want open.

Torrents can be a pain because you can often get to the stage where you have 98% of the download and can't get the rest because everyone else also only has 98% - the original Seeder of the file is no longer online. Most of the time you can't use any of your download unless you have 100% of it.

If you go to http://wwww.download.com to choose P2P software, read all the reviews carefully and they will guide you to any Spyware problems.

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Even if there are some that are not...
by peterCIS / February 1, 2007 8:30 PM PST

I work on a different person's PC on an adverage of one per week. If I see a P2P program I don't even bother checking for viruses and Spyware, they are there. I have never seen a PC that used P2P that was not infected. Even if the P2P software is clean - if there such a thing, the files users share are not.

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I use Limewire...
by Numberica / February 2, 2007 7:05 AM PST

And I the system is clean as a whistle. So, not true. However, it should be noted that p2p's are a gateway for malware for those not savvy with security.

I run Zone Alarm FW, Avast Home AV, Spyware Blaster, Spybot, and Ad-Aware.

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by Ed-duh-win / February 3, 2007 5:12 AM PST
In reply to: I use Limewire...

I once ran Limewire and downloaded a file mistaking it as the genuine one - wrong! I got infected with some trojan and had to restore my PC. This was a year ago but it still stands today. Its not the software that brings you spyware, its what you download and what you do. That's my tip for everyone.

As a note, I now run BitComet and its been clean for me in the last half a year I ran this.

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It's the nature of the beast
by Bwin666 / February 3, 2007 3:47 PM PST

P2P programs most always have some sort of spy/mal/adware attached with them, but as long as you have a decent anti virus program or two, you should be fine.

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Had original Napster, then WinMX, but no more.
by DarCLew2 / February 3, 2007 7:12 PM PST

The latter is coming back with the claim it is clean. I read that at download.com - the last one left me with only 16 bonzai-buddies. As you can see where Napster is now for they woke up to reality. As for the others, you may be downloading copyrighted material with the bonus of spyware, trojans & viruses. Plus the bonus if caught, you may lose your computer, fined or get jailed. Remember that the others are looking at your downloads, like government agencies, etc.
Do you honesty believe that your activities are not noticed? P2P means others have access to you also. Darrell

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