How safe is Limewire for my Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Skyburning, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. Skyburning macrumors member

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    Please don't give me some lecture about downloading music for free..
    but seriously, how likely am I to get some kind of computer destroying virus/being overrun with spyware using Limewire?
     
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    You will not get a virus, but if your downloading porn you could get a trojan. Also Limewire is a very unreliable P2P. I will not lecture you as I see you could care no less, but the Kazaa and Limewire p2p network is the MPAAs and RIAAs favorite place to troll.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A trojan that wants to install a "codec" is possible.
     
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  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A trojan song that wants to install a "codec" is possible. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Skyburning thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I care about my computer..I just didn't want the "you're going to burn in hell for not buying from iTunes" lecture. But please do explain this to me further. What is MPAA and RIAA?

    Also, what is a codec?
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There we go.

    Sadly not fixing your post for you.
     
  9. timestamp macrumors 6502

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    Limewire sucks. Most of the hits you get a spam files.

    MPAA and RIAA are out to get your for downloading and sharing music through P2P apps.

    A codec is a extension which decodes a file encoded in that format, such as DivX. A DivX encoded file requires the DivX codec to decode it.
     
  10. SheriffParker macrumors 6502a

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    They are the organizations that will sue you. Don't you know how to use google?

    I can see the torrents of unhappiness plaguing your crappy downloads, unleash a torrent of ease and safety by switching your methods...
     
  11. Skyburning thread starter macrumors member

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    What I meant was, how are those things harmful to my computer?
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    This has to be a joke. I don't think you want to get sued or worse.​
     
  13. timestamp macrumors 6502

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    Computing on any OS requires smart surfing and downloading habits. There may not be viruses for Macs now, but downloading everything will guarantee that when there is you will be the first to get them.
     
  14. kaiwai macrumors 6502a

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    A CODEC could have a virus/spyware etc.

    Anyway, why on earth are you using Limewire? no one uses that crap anymore, its all Bittorrents these days.
     
  15. khunxhor macrumors member

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    This is something I was wondering about as well. I was introduced to torrents by some guy (I'm not very computer saavy), but only as a means of downloading movies. I used it twice. 1:this Indian movie I would watch on T.V. when I was very young 2:300(Gerard Butler;))...anyways...I dont really use limewire anymore...sticking to itunes...but I did.... alotttttt on my PC....I can't on my macbook though...I feel as if I am dishonoring it or something....its weird:rolleyes:
    :p

    so I guess we can download music with torrent files....??...I need to look this up...but one quick question....Do you guys use Azureus? I think that is what I had used for my two movies...
     
  16. geissap macrumors member

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    There's a huge thing that's has not been mentioned here.

    I talked to the developer's of Disk Warrior last year at MacWorld. They said that there #1 friend is Limewire due to the amount of directory damage it causes. They've found Limewire to produce an overwhelming amount of what they called "Overlapping Files" which in turn cause directory damage.

    I to have come to the conclusion that this is 100% true. I've fixed probably 1000 mac's with the typical boots to gray apple spinning gear, or boots to gray screen or boots to blue screen. Boot to an external HD and run disk utility to find red file corruption all over. I then ask if they run limewire, and I'd say a good 75% of the user would say yes.

    Limewire is very good at causing directory damage. I recommend using anything but it. I use aquisition and the ever so good xtorrent.
     
  17. masse macrumors 6502a

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    If you're smart about it you should be fine. Keep in mind what you are downloading..look at file size, duration of song, quality, how many other people have also downloaded it.

    I used limewire on windowsxp for a long time and didn't have problems.

    I buy music now if it's a new cd that deserves my money. I buy from amazon though because itunes just still sucks.
     
  18. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

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    i second that, ive heard a lot of PC users have encountered hard drive problems with stuff like that, (although ive also heard torrents do the same damage) so avoid unless necessary. keep it legal my friends :D
     
  19. kaiwai macrumors 6502a

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    For me, I use the one from bittorrent.com - its not the best, but it does the job ok.
     

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