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Any Issues Using KickAss and U torrent


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#1 Ehlien

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 02:58 PM

I have been downloading and playing movies for about  a year using Kickass and U Torrent .  I only  have MacAfee as protection but have had no problems to date. Occasionally there will be a generic warning about downloading from un-trusted sites that i have generally ignored but no issues to date ..at least that I know of.  Has anyone else had more experience or serious issues with these sites.

 

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#2 InadequateInfirmity

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 04:13 PM

This is the wrong place to ask your question about this, because what you are doing is illegal.



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Posted 18 March 2016 - 04:17 PM

You may want to read this... http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/?p=3297086



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Posted 18 March 2016 - 04:27 PM

File Sharing (P2P), Torrents, Keygens, Cracks, Warez, and Pirated Software are a Security Risk

The practice of using any torrent, file sharing, peer-to-peer (P2P) program (i.e. Limewire, eMule, Kontiki, BitTorrent, BitComet, uTorrent, BitLord, BearShare, Azureus/Vuze, Skype, etc), keygens, hacking toolscracking tools, warez, or any pirated software is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft.


:step1: File Sharing, Torrents, and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Programs

File sharing networks are thoroughly infested with malware according to security firm Norman ASA and many of them are unsafe to visit or use. 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.

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...It is almost never safe to download executable programs from peer-to-peer file sharing networks because they are a major source of malware infections.

Software Cracks: A Great Way to Infect Your PC
 
Some file sharing programs are bundled with other free software that you may download (sometimes without the knowledge or consent of the user) and can be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), and browser hijackers as well as dangerous malware. Users visiting such sites may encounter innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install malware. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, have targeted and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.

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. Some P2P programs are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer by default. If your P2P program is not configured correctly, you may be sharing more files than you realize. Even if you change those risky default settings to a safer configuration, the act of downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat by hiding a file extension or adding spaces to the existing extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge). The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications and torrent web sites.

Many security forums ask members to remove P2P software before assisting them with malware disinfection. The nature of such software and the high incidence of infection or reinfection is counter productive to restoring the computer to a healthy state...see here.

Using P2P programs, file sharing or browsing torrent sites is almost a guaranteed way to get yourself infected!!


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#5 Ehlien

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 05:42 PM

Thanks very much for the feed back ..looks like and end to Kickass and Utorrents for me.



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Posted 18 March 2016 - 07:22 PM

I hope you don't get the wrong idea.  There is nothing wrong with torrents.  Torrents can and are being used for perfectly legitimate purposes.  It's just that lots of people use torrents for sharing pirated material which gave torrents a bad reputation.  It's a tool which can be used or misused.



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Posted 19 March 2016 - 11:32 AM

Understood but I pretty much got the impression using U torrent would be pretty deadly for my computer eventually relative to viruses and malware. 

I guess the next question would be if its a good tool your going to use how would you protect yourself from infections?


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Posted 19 March 2016 - 02:37 PM

I guess the next question would be if its a good tool your going to use how would you protect yourself from infections?

By only downloading legitimate torrents.  For example, one way to download GIMP is via torrents.  You can also download GIMP with, say, your browser but it's much faster via torrents. It's is a legitimate download.  However, when you download illegitimate torrents you put yourself at risk.






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