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  1. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I am planning on getting a Mac Mini for Christmas, and i was wondering if limewire on a mac is able to get viruses? The last time i used kazaa my whole computer crashed. People that use limewire on their macs, is it safe to use? And can i save it onto an external hard drive so i can for sure not get any viruses on my Mac Mini?

    Thank you,
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  2. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816

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    if a mac cant get a virus then it cant. doesnt matter what program you are using. i use limewire all the time and never had a problem
     
  3. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    No problems or viruses from limewire for me. Don't worry about it, you will be fine. (running windows... that's a different story)
     
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  5. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I would use it, but Limewire does everything I want except for free.
     
  6. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    It's a matter of personal preference, of course. I only paid for AcX after using it a lot and realising just how great it is.
     
  7. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Poisoned does many services and is free, but a bit slow (but still better than Lamewire.)
    Acquisition is fast, but only does Gnutella (same as Lamewire) and nags if you don't pay.
     
  8. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    I also vote for Acquisition. Whatever you do, anything is better than Limewire. There are so many Mac alternatives to Limewire to choose from, and they're all like 10 times better.
     
  10. EM87 macrumors regular

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    A bit OT but will Bit comet (torrent download thing) work on Mac OS X Tiger? If not can anyone recommend some other good torrent programs?
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    There are no viruses for Mac OSX so unless you want to use the Windows version of Limewire in Windows on your Mac you won't get a virus.

    You don't need to worry about viruses or any other form of malware when you use OSX.
     
  12. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    Though it is neither a virus or malware, you do need to be wary with .WMV files which, when played, will open up browser windows with various sites in them, which may themselves spawn pop-ups.

    It has happened with .MOV files too.

    Just be careful when looking for hard-to-find music videos not to get all excited and start downloading all the little 300Kb or so WMV files...

    EDIT: AcquisitionX will let you block certain file types and files under a certain size, mind you. Very handy.
     
  13. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    XTorrent still in beta atm, but its by the same guy as AcqX and its great.

    If you need something more advanced, Azureus is my personal choice, but its a bit of a RAM-Hog as its built in Java. *Mark would love to see a propper version, built in real-code*
     
  14. deebster macrumors 6502

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    Azureus is my torrent app of choice, but for a no-frills app you could do a lot worse than Transmission.

    Find it at www.macupdate.com
     
  15. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816

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    wooord thanks for this one. its now replaacing limewire
     
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  17. TyPod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the comments. Are you guys sure NOTHING will happen to my mac and nothing bad will happen to it. Sorry i'm so picky, i just don't want anything to go wrong. Thanks!
     
  18. CiBoys macrumors regular

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    Nope you wont get virus on a Mac :D

    Limewire works fine on my macs, if anything the app can crash but not virus
     
  19. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    How could anyone be sure of that? Perhaps tomorrow lightening will strike it. Just be sure to make backups of your data and do not co-late the backup media with the computer.

    But if you are worried about a Windows style virus, that's a "Windows Thing" It's like getting a flat tire is a "Car Thing" and ripping a hole in your space suit is an "Astronaut Thing". Neither of these things happen to Macs don't worry about them.
     
  20. UmaThurman macrumors regular

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    TYPOD, don't worry about anything. I got my C2D MBP a few weeks ago, my first mac. I've used pcs up until now, and when I first got it I was worried about all those really lame viruses you can get. There's nothing to worry about with a mac. I just surf the net and don't worry about dling something lame like that. I didn't even install a firewall, there's already one that comes with the operating system (though you have to turn it on yourself). So no worries k? You won't regret using a mac.
     
  21. TyPod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks everybody. People that are using Acquisition, do you just use the free version or did you pay for it? The app looks way better than limewire!
     
  22. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I use Frostwire. Carbon copy of Limewire, but it's blue! :D
     
  23. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I paid for mine... Worth it...
     
  24. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Why i dont like AcquisitionX, a short story by me.

    I used to play Ambrosia Software games.

    They were fun.

    They took something classic, made it new, and asked for nothing if you didnt enjoy it.

    Occasionally it was a Demo mode, or Hector came to annoy you.

    But the small fee(s) were worth a good ORIGINAL piece of code.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acquisitionx
    http://groups.sims.berkeley.edu/osdddi/?p=52
    http://www.acquisitionx.org/

    I once dled Acquisition.

    It was useful.

    He took something crappy, and made it easier to use.

    All the time, nagged for a dollar, quit the program, forced open web window to his site, too many searches, rendered inoperable until you click purchase...

    The "small" fees are not worth the GUI of someone elses FREE code.

    Acquisition is like a little child always begging you to play with it, cuz no one likes it. Those who use it, or even those who paid for it, IMO didnt look hard enough at other alternatives that werent "stolen" in so many words...
     
  25. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    I accept Watanabe's explanation of the situation. Irrespective of which, his own unique part of the program is well worth the £9.
     

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