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How to use .torrent files -Iím absolute beginner? Help?


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#1 EmaWW

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:10 PM

For example Iíve tried to download a book from a torrent site, clicked on the link and got a file War_and_Peace_(1968).3892765.TPB.torrent
which is file of just 26Kb.

Did some research and to my understanding a .torrent file is kind of link / address and doesnít contain the real file which I need Ö

Iím beginner in this and just donĎt know what to do next .
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Can someone tell me how to properly use the .torrent files for downloading, please?

I use Windows XP Pro on my PC.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Ema

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:18 PM

I have been at this for several years, torrents are a good place to find trouble with malware/virus's.
Think about this, a huge book on a 26kb file? I would scan that file with your virus scan to be sure.
Most forums will not help users or answer questions about torrents because they are mostly used for illegal file-sharing. In fact that book probably is copyrighted, and by downloading it, you may be violating a law. Same for most movies and music.
Get on Google and do some reading about torrents.

Edited by rosiesdad, 10 April 2010 - 06:20 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:35 PM

From another response regarding torrents by our very own quietman7:

No they are not all bad but they are still a security risk.

Torrents are part of peer-to-peer file distribution systems used for sharing and transferring files within a large network of users.

Using any peer-to-peer (P2P) or file sharing program (i.e. Limewire, eMule, Kontiki, BitTorrent, uTorrent) is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smŲrgŚsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.

The reason for this is that file sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. This practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft, system infection and remote access exploit by attackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge. Even if you change the risky default settings to a safer configuration, downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities. In some instances the infection may cause so much damage to your system that recovery is not possible and a Repair Install will NOT help!. In those cases, the only option is to wipe your drive, reformat and reinstall the OS.

Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications.


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Posted 10 April 2010 - 11:17 PM

Remember what rosiedad and Animal have already said. In addition, stay away from illegal downloads. Some ISP monitor your traffic and throttle it if they find you downloading illegal stuff.

Torrent file contains only trackers and file details. These files are small like that. A BitTorrent client is used to download a file using the BitTorrent protocol.

By the way, War and Peace(1968) is a hollywood movie and not a book. Downloading copyrighted material from torrents is against the law of most of the countries all over the world. If you want to download the book, you can download it for free from the Project Gutenberg.

War and Peace book at Project Gutenberg : http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2600




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