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Does Limewire Pro Prevent Viruses Since You Pay For It?


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#1 XTBeetle32

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 10:26 PM

I removed Limewire from my computer after discovering two Trojans (which I got rid of). I was wondering if Limewire Pro was better to use to prevent viruses? I know that it's still P2P, but what are they charging for? Or should I just stay away from downloading on P2P applications? Thanks

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 10:39 PM

Or should I just stay away from downloading on P2P applications? Thanks


After reloading so many computers that had been using limewire, I decided to do a little testing a couple of years ago.

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and now we have banker trojans, they don't crash your computer, they just clean out your bank account and max out your credit

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this is a very serious problem tho and not a laughing matter

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 11:35 PM

Simple answer to your question: No, it does not prevent viruses.
Basic and Pro Limewire show the exact same files for download.

The only difference between the two: read carefully the first paragraph below.

Wikipedia says this about Limewire:

"LimeWire offers two versions of the software: LimeWire Basic which is free of charge; the other is LimeWire PRO which costs a small fee, features faster download speeds and better search results, including up to 6 months of free updates and customer support via email."


Here is something interesting to read from the Limewire forums, which addresses the legal questions of Limewire Pro:

http://www.limewire.org/forum/showthread.php?p=26

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:49 AM

You can still get viruses, even with the payed for PRO version.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:27 AM

Viruses live in the files you download. The problem with P2P files is that you cannot be sure of their contents or their source; it's like buying a Seiko from a NY street vendor.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 06:01 AM

Just to add to what I said, no matter how much you paid for it, P2P programs and file sharing are the best places to get viruses and other nasties. It is best to not use them at all in my opinion. :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 01:34 PM

I removed Limewire from my computer after discovering two Trojans (which I got rid of). I was wondering if Limewire Pro was better to use to prevent viruses? I know that it's still P2P, but what are they charging for? Or should I just stay away from downloading on P2P applications? Thanks

to quote from Gary R on tne malware forum

P2P programmes form a direct conduit onto your computer, their security measures are easily circumvented, and Malware writers are increasingly exploiting them to spread their wares onto your computer. Further to that, if your P2P programme is not configured correctly you may be sharing more files than you realise. There have been cases where people's Passwords, Address Books and other personal, private, and financial details have been exposed to the file sharing network by a badly configured programme.

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When you use them you are downloading software from an unknown source directly onto your computer, bypassing your Firewall and Anti-Virus software

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 06:56 PM

I have used both LimeWire pro and LimeWire basic.

You are still vulnerable.
When you download something theres a 51% chance its probably not what your looking for.
Example: a friend of mine paid for limewire pro and thought they wouldn't get any infections.
So she downloaded something along the lines of "Photoshop CS3 + Keygen"
She got herself a backdoor and many other nasties.

No matter what P2P you use, make it safer by staying away from various file formats such as: ZIP, RAR, EXE, WMA & WMV ;)

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:19 PM

WMA & WMV


music and video is usually safe from infestation, but I am sure that if microsoft keeps monkeying around with it there will more vulnerabilities to exploit and we'll all end up with trojans from opening a moviemaker home video from aunt sallie
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

I beg to differ. On average the majority of WMV and WMA files downloaded from P2P usually cause malware/spyware problems.
I must add that most of the spam on the gnutella network (LimeWire, Bear Share, Shareza and a few others) are WMA files.

Heres an article from PC World Risk Your PC's Health For A Song?

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:31 PM

I can't recall if I've mentioned this before - but about a year ago I started counting the systems that we got into work that had Limewire installed and weren't infected. To date the count is at 3.

When we first start a computer, we look for the Limewire icon on the Desktop. If we see it, we presume that the system is infected until we test it for viruses.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:33 PM

To date the count is at 3.

:thumbsup: but out of how many?

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:39 PM

Can't really say. But, as an estimate, we get in 4 or 5 infected PC's each week. And most of them (at least 50%) have Limewire. So that works out to over 100 a year.

But, even if it's only 1 a week with Limewire installed - that's over 50 infected systems.

The characteristics of the people who aren't infected are very similar. They're all very concerned about security, they keep up their anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, and they scan everything before opening/running it.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:52 PM

Ah I see.

I have never been infected from P2P. We've used it for years and theres nothing to say that the infections we have came from it.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:54 PM

http://www.cdfreaks.com/news/Antipiracy-fi...udio-files.html

the riaa at work

like i said a windows problem

mp3's and avi's don't have liscenses or drm
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