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Useing limewire illegal?


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#1 MJPC

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:54 AM

Hello, is installing and useing limewire filesharing program illegal?

Im new for that kind of things, but i have read only negative things about filesharing programs.
Im not going to transfer any copyright things, only my own things.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:23 AM

Well installing it is not illegal but using it to download copyrighted content is. And sharing copyrighted material.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 11:14 AM

Hello, is installing and useing limewire filesharing program illegal?

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.

An excellent read by our very own quietman7:

Pay special attention to the second paragraph:

Tips to protect yourself against malware infection:

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.

Beware of 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: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:Many security experts recommend you disable Autorun asap as a method of prevention. Microsoft recommends doing the same.

...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...

Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun
How to Maximize the Malware Protection of Your Removable Drives

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 12:46 PM

It looks like you got your question and as Animal quoted it is risky and dangerous. I use to use Limewire and it did ruin my computer(got tons of viruses) so I removed it years ago. I just use YouTube.

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 08:50 AM

Thank you for replies.
I decided that i better not use that software.




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