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Do you risk infection if you install LimeWire

by royeo / November 11, 2008 10:13 AM PST

I have Windows XP Pro,sp2.

You can get and install LimeWire, but should you. It seems I read that LimeWire was a source of bad stuff for your computer.

I'd like to know what the consensus is. Please let me know.

Thank you,

royeo

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Yes...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 11, 2008 10:25 AM PST

Any time you use a Peer-2-Peer file sharing program, you must allow a "hole" into your system so the rest of the world can share files with you.. In addition, you are downloading files from "who knows who" on the internet.. As a result, what they give you is what you get.. "What you get" may be malware..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Let me share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2008 11:17 AM PST

I have helped far too many recover their machines from troubles either directly from a Limewire install or something they downloaded and ran from there.

Bob

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Install: No; Use: Yes
by Jimmy Greystone / November 11, 2008 11:58 AM PST

Install: No; Use: Yes.

Simply installing the program won't necessarily infect you with anything, but if you use it to download anything, those odds spike into near certainty territory.

And just to head off any other questions, ALL file sharing programs run the same risk. Though some come bundled with spyware, so you can't even install those without infection.

This is also ignoring the legal implications of using these programs. They aren't illegal in and of themselves, but what 99% of people use them for almost certainly is.

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