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Limewire, and other P2P applications

By muyjr ·
What are the disadvantages of installing those applications? I am thinking that these applications might be the cause of slow network connections.

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Uh, yeah.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Limewire, and other P2P a ...

Outside the given that is viruses, worms and trojans, those things suck bandwidth as users from both ends of the data stream download and upload from each other.

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Well of course they do

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Limewire, and other P2P a ...

Decent ones can be throttled, at the expense of slow upload/download speeds.

That's only half the problem though. There are alot of iffy ones like Kazaa. Your ISP might start jumping all over you because of the the P2P = pirate impression certain types like to give.

Then there's the fact that there is lot of copyright violation going on, virus ridden drivel, hacks, cracks, porn illegal in any country.

If this is business use, you do not want any P2P app in general use. Have P2p box isolated, l;et it do it's stuff an them move the files off it on to a share or somesuch,
Anything else is asking for it.
If you are going to use it get one of the OpenSource clients emule, for instance, much less likely to have adware, backdoors and other irritations in them.

If you want to scare yourself, install one, and search for hack, crack and teen. I'll bet big money, you don't want what comes up appearing your systems, even more that you'd want to keep it quiet if you did.

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If they are running, perhaps.

by seanferd In reply to Limewire, and other P2P a ...

If you do want a p2p client, get something decent like uTorrent. (And the app is so very tiny.) I've had multiple torrents running, downloading entire Linux distros, while surfing with ease on a 768kbps DSL connection.

Of course, if someone downloads disreputable items, and doesn't scan them before unpacking or running them, sure, there may be payloads of malware in them which will slow down the network.

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