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firewall is blocking Limewire access

by kelbow / August 15, 2006 5:36 PM PDT

Hi - I downloaded Avast! (Home Edition) protection onto my Dell (1300 Inspiron) last week and have since had problems connecting with file-sharing. Still have defunct (I think) McAfee icons on desktop - will uninstalling these help any?? or do i have to do something in avast!? Mmm, most quizzical ... thanks in advance.

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Avast is trying
by PudgyOne / August 15, 2006 6:54 PM PDT

Avast is trying to protect your computer from viruses. If you are using Limewire, it is full of viruses and spyware. You will have to clean out all the infections from your computer.

Hope this helps.


Downloading music and other products from a peer 2 peer network can be hazardous to your computer.

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viruses from Limewire
by kelbow / August 15, 2006 7:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Avast is trying

thanks a bunch, R. sounds scary - how do I clean out the viruses from my computer?

Does this mean never opening limewire again??

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Uninstall it and scan...
by John.Wilkinson / August 16, 2006 1:43 AM PDT
In reply to: viruses from Limewire

Due to the nature of the software, P2P programs open you up for infection and the only way to totally protect yourself is to not use P2P, remove the software, and then run a full set of virus and spyware scans. That includes scans with Avast and Ewido to remove what's found.

On a second note, you said in your subject that your firewall was blocking Limewire but then went on to talk about Avast. Avast is an antivirus program, not a firewall. If you do not have a firewall then you'll need to install one, with ZoneAlarm Basic being a good free option.

Finally, Limewire, and the use of other P2P software, can potentially cause you legal woes if you mistakenly download copyrighted/pirated content. So many people use it for that purpose that P2P software has garnered a bad reputation and numerous lawsuits, one currently pending against Limewire.

Hope this helps,

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 15, 2006 10:49 PM PDT

Limewire is bad news. Get rid of it before you become another member asking to reload the operating system.



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Please remove Limewire
by PudgyOne / August 16, 2006 4:10 AM PDT

Please remove Limewire and follow John's advise. If you still have problems with your computer, please feel free to post back. Please include your Operating System and any spyware removal tools and what type of firewall you are using. Everyone here at CNET will get you and your computer back on the right track.

Hope this helps.


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