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by roddy32 / November 26, 2004 1:10 AM PST
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More for Kazaa Users
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2004 1:20 AM PST
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Re: More for Kazaa Users
by samie / December 2, 2004 6:47 PM PST
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I have gone off Kazaa. I had downloaded (and am glad to say DELETED) files for my 8 year old daughter and when opened it had nothing but porn in it. People are using popular names and spreading porn etc. to innocent people.

Plus there are too many viruses being spread under false names.

I had also come across hijackers. These were web sites that changed the home page on my machine. So I will never use Kazaa.

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Re: More for Kazaa Users
by snharden / December 2, 2004 9:38 PM PST

Kazaa, Limewire, Bearshare and all the others are the biggest pieces of junk software imaginable. If you want to screw up a computer, downloading that crap is a sure fire way to do it. Not only do you get a p2p software but also literally hundreds of other pieces of junk these companies want to throw on your computer all in the name of e-commerce cos someone is certainly making money from it and its not the end user.

I downloaded Kazaa a few years back and got over 300 pieces of adware, spyware, trojans and a few worms if my memory serves me well. The worse part is unless you know how to edit your registry and most people don't the junk those programs put on your computer will be there for the life of your computer. They also like to give you those little goodies called DLL files which make the software impossible to get rid of because the programs regenerate themselves after you think you have deleted them. So I guess the question is if your $2000 computer is worth all that for a few songs that you probably won't listen to more than dozen times.

I will mention this though and although I don't condone it but p2p can be used for things other than music. A little known program called Win MX is out there and it doesn't download anything extra to your computer and you can actually do other things while its running unlike Kazaa, Limewire and all the others. Have fun!

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Re: More for Kazaa Users
by jancawa55 / December 3, 2004 2:28 AM PST

I have had to roll back two of my computers to factory issue state with disc reformat, at least three times due to garbage collected thru Kazaa. That is an absolute pita to have to rebuild all the software and installations to get things working again. Definitely not the way to go for a few lousy movies or songs. Now Shareaza however....

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Re: More for Kazaa Users
by Anegron50 / December 3, 2004 4:17 AM PST

Same thing with me... Kazaa ripped me off with $24.95 purchasing program. I cannot start the movies to play at all. It's full of junkies and adwares!!! Wasted my money!!!

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And More .....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 26, 2004 11:37 AM PST
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Kazaa Lite
by William Wallace / December 2, 2004 8:27 PM PST
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I've been using Kazaa Lite for some years. It is free of adware etc. It's important to limit the access you give to your directory structure in Options,Find Media to Share, Folder List. However, there are some dreadful files out there - porn & other. I would never allow a child to use it. It is also common to download virus, worm etc. files but so far AVG has caught each one. I find that with the use of AVG, Ad Aware, Spybot and Zone Alarm (all free & constantly updated) I'm able to keep my PC clean.

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Re: Kazaa Lite
by mbensel / December 2, 2004 9:55 PM PST
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William and I have the same setup. AVG, Ad Aware, Spybot and Zone Alarm (all free & constantly updated). I have AVG & Spybot run nightly. Even then I still get adware & spyware from the net.
Kazaa was bad before for adware & spyware but this latest version that supports VOIP is even worse.
For file sharing I now use eMule.

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Re: Kazaa Lite
by crowman / December 2, 2004 10:13 PM PST
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You should be made aware that even files downloaded via E-Mule can contain viruses . At least you are sensible enough to protect your computer with the programs you mention .

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by cban228 / December 2, 2004 9:03 PM PST
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if you download from other sites, don't think it is any different than downloading from kazaa. thoes sites use the same network as kazaa.

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by Macron / December 2, 2004 10:07 PM PST
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P2P files lately have been filled with dummy songs (dead silence MP3's) especially Shania Twains Party for Two!! I am still using KazaaLite 2.43 (a spyware free version). A lot of times download links are dropped or can never start for some unknown reason. As for virus comments from others. Any file on a computers or even yourself. You can acquire a virus if the sources are infected and IS NOT a reflection on Kazaa, but reflection on users implementing good up to date antivirus software on there system. Infected files eventually get shared and if the downloader do not have AV software then they are at exceptionally great risk of loosing their OS. Do complain that you get viruses from Kazaa or emails etc. Implement a good AV software or get off the NET and become a hermit. The Kazaa files available are becoming less and less epecially of newer apps. Probably because of fewer people on the platform etc. Sypware from websites and added into attachments or ZIPed files are the biggest internet problem right now. I recently repaired a computer with Ad-Adware SE Pro (available on Kazaa, I am sharing IT!!) which had over 2600 objects of spyware!!!Merely visiting a home page of sites can deposit spyware on your machine up to six in one visit. I know as I have discovered this myself many times. Spybot misses a lot and gives false sense of security!!!

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by crowman / December 2, 2004 10:09 PM PST
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While the article is correct for the most part , especially where Kazaa is concerned , it does contain some erroneus facts . Unless things have changed ,Gnucleus and WinMX DO NOT come bundled with adware and/or spyware . There is also an older cracked ( adware and spyware components removed by an end user ) version of Kazaa ( Kazaa Lite )that does not contain adware or spyware . The real danger is that ANY file sharing program can be a host to any number of infected files that can be disguised as MP3's and can be used to infect other computers .

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by hack49 / December 2, 2004 11:29 PM PST
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I've tried most of the file sharing programmes and, yes, they all have risks, drawbacks and idiosynchracies. So as has been suggested take sensible precautions.
My preferred choice is AudioGnome, particularly for hunting down older music that's no longer readily available. I'd be interested in other people's experiences of AG.

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by Rocker452 / December 3, 2004 12:42 AM PST
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I use Shareaza for file sharing and rarely get fake or virus infected files. I use EZ Antivirus, Ad-aware and Spybot to protect myself. As far as Kazza goes I would avoid it. I used it at onetime but didn't like all the crap that came bundled with it. One reason Kazza has so many fake files is the recording industry has planted them on there in an attempt to discourage file sharing.
The fasttrack network(which Kazza is on) is the worst p2p network, Shareaza uses the Gnutella and edonkey networks and also can do BitTorrent downloads. For anybody looking for a replacement for Kazza I recommend Shareaza.

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by jemfo2 / December 3, 2004 12:45 AM PST
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about Kazaa... b4 all those Spyware remover and stuff got public, i already have a hunch that Kasaa was a bad program.

as i first got Kasaa, it worked well... i even downloaded a few stuff. but when i got tired of waiting for my download... i decided 2 uninstall it.

After a month or so... i decided 2 give it one last try. but after i installed the program(that i first downloaded months ago) then reboot... my system wouldn't boot normally in windows(i only have windows 98 back then). I knew it was Kasaa. (my system back then is a: Intel Pentium 2 400Mhz, PC Parner Motherboard, 128MB Ram, 4GB Seagate harddrive, Acer CD-Rom, 1.44 FDD )

What i did was to go into safemode and uninstall it. PTL that it worked. I reboot my system again... it was back to normal(almost). I tried to install Kasaa again for 2x but its always the same. so... after that... i tried to pursuade people not to use Kasaa for thier own good.

Oh! by the way,b4 i found kasaa(i think)... i found this program that helps u clean ur registry(the 1st free program that i saw that can help u clean ur registry) its called RegCleaner. it helped me notice some of the spywares that kasaa installed in my system, and it still helps me clean and modify my registy.

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Shareaza and Azureus are the way to go.
by theFATangel / December 3, 2004 1:49 AM PST
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Shareaza and Azureus are the way to go.

Open source free software with NO bundled pests (adware, spyware, etc).

I STRONGLY urge the additional use of the following free programs by anyone who has an internet connection, regardless of whether you use P2P, Bittorrent or any other file-sharing software or not. Update and run weekly.

CWShredder => http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html

Lavasoft AdAware SE Personal => http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

SpyBot Search & Destroy => http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

Spybot Search & Destroy DSO Exploit Fix => http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4392

SpyWare Blaster => http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

MicroWorld Free Antivirus Toolkit Utility (Scan Only) => http://www.mwti.net/antivirus/free_utilities.asp

I would also recommend buying your favorite real-time antivirus/email scanner and have active protection running whenever you have access or are exposed to the web. This is to protect not only your interests, but to also keep your computer from becoming a source of infection to other computers (a zombie). I believe it is everyone's responsibility to prevent their computer from being used to distribute malicious pests (viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, worms, etc).

Although free, the above mentioned software does need financial support to keep delivering you (and those who cannot afford it) top notch file-sharing and protection at a donation price you choose. Wouldn't it be cool if all software let YOU set the price? If you were to donate a mere $5 to each of these developers, you would still be saving money over buying even a single, inferior retail equivalent. Keep them alive!

theFATangel

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by Hour_House / December 3, 2004 2:54 AM PST
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yeah i stopped using kazza about half a year ago after getting no end of viruses.

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Re: Kazaa adware, etc ... AdAware/SpyBot
by CKinVA / December 3, 2004 5:30 AM PST
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AdAware, SpyBot, SpySweeper identify and/or remove EXISTING adware/syware they generally do not PREVENT it from getting onto your PC.
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Always use a firewall and anti-virus software.
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And don't expect any of products/tools to stop all viruses, worms, adware, spyware ... sooner or later you'll be hit!
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Kazaa and all other P2P products (exponentially) add to your PCs exposure/danger level.
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No how secure you think you are (and no matter how you feel about copywrite laws, etc.) ... Open the door and they WILL walk in ... period.
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Re: For Kazaa Users
by glb613 / December 3, 2004 5:56 AM PST
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What ever happened to buying what you want?

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by foxmulder881 / December 3, 2004 7:30 AM PST
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Simple answer to that one glb613. To save money. Why go out and buy CD's when you can just download them.

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by glb613 / December 3, 2004 7:50 AM PST
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You get what you pay for. No P2P for me.

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P2P
by dr.faustus / December 3, 2004 10:12 AM PST
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Ad-Aware SE + SpyBot SD + SpywareBlaster + Sygate Personal Firewall + AVG Antivirus + eMule + daily updates, patches, fixes, etc. + reasonable surfing and downloading habits = 2 years with NO problem at all.
Best regards,
dr.faustus

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Re: For Kazaa Users
by gwiscorrupt / December 3, 2004 10:00 AM PST
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Whatever. I have had Kazaa for ages and have never had a virus affect my system from it. I always make sure that my anti virus is up to date, and only download files that I'm relatively certain of. Kazaa is a fantastic service, if you're smart about how you use it you'll be safe. There is some small risk, but the benefit (free software and music) far outweighs the risk. Surf safe and you'll be fine.

The problem is people who download and run things without scanning them, they deserve a system crash.

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Locking This Thread
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 3, 2004 10:17 AM PST
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Although P2P programs "can" be used for appropriate uses, many of the posts in this thread advocate an arguable "illegal" use to download copyrighted materials. Forum policies forbid this type of post. Instead of deleting those individual posts, I'll lock it instead so users can see both sides of the story...Further posts promoting the illegal download of copyrighted "free software and music" will be removed.

Those wishing to get the information can read all of the posts and make up their own mind.

Grif

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