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Using limewire in and of itself is not illegal. In fact many freeware applications are distrubuted using peer to peer technology. However that being said. It can be a very very risky and potentially hazardous endeavor if you are not cautious.
Hello, is installing and useing limewire filesharing program illegal?
Tips to protect yourself against malware infection:Rogue Security software as they are one of the most common sources of malware infection. They infect machines by using social engineering and scams to trick a user into spending money to buy a an application which claims to remove malware. For more specific information on how these types of rogue programs and infections install themselves, read:
• Keep Windows and Internet Explorer current with all critical updates from Microsoft which will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. If you're not sure how to do this, see Microsoft Update helps keep your computer current.
• Avoid gaming sites, porn sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs (i.e. Limewire, eMule, uTorrent). They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Malicious worms, backdoor Trojans IRCBots, and rootkits spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming, porn and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Porn sites can lead to the Trojan.Mebroot MBR rootkit and other dangerous malware. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.
• Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk as they are one of the most common infection vectors for malware which can transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:
- Anatomy of a malware scam
- How does rogue security software get on my computer?
- How to Tell If That Pop-Up Window Is Offering You a Rogue Anti-Malware Product
- How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected
Many security experts recommend you disable Autorun asap as a method of prevention. Microsoft recommends doing the same.
- When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?
- Nick Brown's blog: Memory stick worms
- USB-Based Malware Attacks
- Danger USB! Worm targets removable memory sticksMicrosoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun
...Disabling Autorun functionality can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a CD-ROM device, USB device, network shares, or other media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file...
How to Maximize the Malware Protection of Your Removable Drives
• Other security reading resources:
• Browser Security resources:
- Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet
- Microsoft Solutions for Security: The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide
- Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2
- How to Stop 11 Hidden Security Threats
- Your Guide To Staying Safe Online
• Finally, if you need to replace your anti-virus, firewall or need a reliable anti-malware scanner please refer to:
- Configuring Internet Explorer for Practical Security and Privacy
- How to Secure Your Web Browser
- Safe Web practices - How to remain safe on the Internet
- Use Task Manager to close pop-up messages to safely exit malware attacks
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
Andrew Brown (1938-1994)
A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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