Going to buy a mac. Is limewire safe

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RRalston3, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. RRalston3 macrumors newbie

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    Ok so i will be getting a mac book pro for college this upcoming may and i am planning to put limewire on it. I know that limewire causes sevral problems with windows becuase of viruses and what not but would it harm my mac. LIke i would download programs or songs or somthing? if i do put it on my mac how can i ensure i dont open a corrupted file or virus or anything. Thanks
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    by legally purchasing the content and not stealing it, viruses are Gods way at getting you for stealing...
     
  3. Kalafut macrumors regular

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    lol, but file sharing is not illegal.
    i have limewire on my macbook i haven't had any problems, just don't download like a vietnamese prostitute. and look at the format of the file.
     
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    If you're sharing original material with friends then you're not going to be worrying about viruses, are you?
     
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Limewire is perfectly safe.

    It's the idiots using it who aren't safe. From themselves.

    If you're looking for a (legal) song, and the file size is 32kbs and a .zip or .exe, it's 99% likely that it is in fact not the song, but instead some malignant piece of software.

    If you use your head, you're fine. ;)
     
  7. RRalston3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok whoa i never ment i was going to steal any music or anything i just know that i have used it before and had gotten several viruses on my laptop now even though i have a virus protection.. like on mac is there any way to scan a downloaded file first to see if it has a virus
     
  8. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Limewire is fine. I use it and have no issues, I also had no issues on the PC either.
     
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    I second that there is nothing (literally NOTHING) to worry about with using Limewire. Although I think the interface blows. Try Acquisition or bittorrent if you are going to be "sharing" files.
     
  11. NIPRING macrumors 6502

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    Plus there are a lot of mislabeled content, esp videos
     
  12. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    If you want to scan the files, you can always try ClamXAv. It's a free anti-virus for OS X.
     
  13. tonyshucraft macrumors regular

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    viruses exist on macs lol.

    for the most part you probably will have less problems with limewire on the mac. Most viruses aren't universal.
     
  14. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Name one.
     
  15. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

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    "Flag." There's one. There are others.
     
  16. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    That's not confirmed as being in circulation, and it's also not malicious.
     
  17. a104375 macrumors 6502

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    theres a lot of misrepresented things like songs that are unreasonably small for the length of song and bit-rate then its probably fake.. so the bottom line is when using it just use your brain when downloading
     
  18. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    I would never use it on my Mac. The fact remains that it's not totally safe. Besides, I would never want to see my precious Mac suffer from a virus. But that's just me... :apple:
     
  19. Senor360 macrumors regular

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    How about..

    Create a boot camp xp partition, run it on there, save off whatever you download that's verified clean to cd, then import it into your Leopard OS. :D
     
  20. andpeo23 macrumors newbie

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    i've had nothing but problems with files i downloaded from limewire. i'd stick with Azureus (a bittorent client) and reputable torrent sites. this way you can read comments on various files to see if they're legit or not.
     
  21. BaronvdB macrumors 6502

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    i've had limewire on my imac for awhile...i never use it but i haven't had any problems when i have.
     
  22. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i agree. LimeWire is perfectly safe on a Mac. the infected files are targeted towards windows users.

    besides whether you using it on a PC or a Mac you can avoid downloading infected files by following these simple steps. but i would not recommend not using LimeWire in windows.

    - what are you downloading? sort the search list in order of size and dont download files that seem too way small for what you are downloading. these are usually viruses.
    - never download .exe's. for instance if your downloading music and it shows as a .exe never download it. same for zip files.
    - dont download files with junk keywords
    - download the newest LimeWire update as it filters known infected files.
    - never download LimeWire updates within LimeWire itself even though it says it safe.

    BitTorrent is regarded as a lot safer than P2P apps like BearShare or LimeWire but is harder to work out for some (including me). when you work out how to port forward your software and hardware firewalls and learn up on leeching and seeding your good to go. keep in mind that both protocols have illegal and legal uses.
     
  23. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    You'd be better off to simply use BitTorrent or Newsgroups rather than chancing with bunk files on limewires... BT and Newsgroups also tend to be much faster for downloading files.

    BitTorrent client is - Transmission
    Newsgroups client is - Unison (by panic software)

    Newsgroups typically require a small fee for access per month but you're assured that what you're getting is real.

    I don't use LimeWire.
     
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  25. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    Prostitutes in Vietnam use limewire? I didn't know that. I didn't see any macbooks when I was visiting them. :D
     

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