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post #1 of 23
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music files? I tried using iMesh and they had too much spyware conected with it. Now I'm trying WinMX but that seems to be so much slower. Anyone have any reviews for me?
post #2 of 23
Try Limewire.com I downloaded all the music I needed for my wedding reception and even the song that I walked down the aisle with. I never did have any trouble with Limewire and I had the dial up internet then.
post #3 of 23
Here is my 2 cents for whatever it is worth!

BEAWARE OF ANYTHING you are planning to download. I cannot tell you how many of these programs contain spyware and horrible things!! Kaaza is one of them. IT IS BAD BAD BAD!!!! If you suddenly find pop-ups appearing on a website where you KNOW there are no pop-ups, you've got spyware. Download SPYBOT from www.zdnet.com and let it search you computer for it. GREAT program.

I know nothing about Limewire, but if you search on ZDNET for peer to peer programs, it will give you a description of each product available and tell you if there is spyware bundled in the program. Try searching for limewire there. I use WinMX and LOVE IT!! Before deciding it is slow, I would consider your connection first. Are you using dial up or a broadband of some sort? ALSO..the person you are downloading from.....what are they using?? If you are trying to get something from someone that is on dialup, it WILL be slower. Also...a person could be on DSL but still be slower than the next person with DSL because of maybe the number of uploads and downloads they are doing at the same time you are trying to snag something from them. Many factors do come into play. Chances are it is NOT WinMX itself in as much as it is the other issues I listed.

But probably the BIGGEST thing to watch for is the SPYWARE and ADWARE that these free programs toss into your computer. They will toss it into your registry, as well, so it consists of more work and searching to get rid of it. It is a NIGHTMARE.
post #4 of 23
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Originally posted by carrie640
Here is my 2 cents for whatever it is worth!

BEAWARE OF ANYTHING you are planning to download. I cannot tell you how many of these programs contain spyware and horrible things!! Kaaza is one of them. IT IS BAD BAD BAD!!!! If you suddenly find pop-ups appearing on a website where you KNOW there are no pop-ups, you've got spyware. Download SPYBOT from www.zdnet.com and let it search you computer for it. GREAT program.

I know nothing about Limewire, but if you search on ZDNET for peer to peer programs, it will give you a description of each product available and tell you if there is spyware bundled in the program. Try searching for limewire there. I use WinMX and LOVE IT!! Before deciding it is slow, I would consider your connection first. Are you using dial up or a broadband of some sort? ALSO..the person you are downloading from.....what are they using?? If you are trying to get something from someone that is on dialup, it WILL be slower. Also...a person could be on DSL but still be slower than the next person with DSL because of maybe the number of uploads and downloads they are doing at the same time you are trying to snag something from them. Many factors do come into play. Chances are it is NOT WinMX itself in as much as it is the other issues I listed.

But probably the BIGGEST thing to watch for is the SPYWARE and ADWARE that these free programs toss into your computer. They will toss it into your registry, as well, so it consists of more work and searching to get rid of it. It is a NIGHTMARE.
My internet connection is fast. It's a cable connection. Maybe it is the other users I'm choosing. The whole thing looks so complicated! But the nice thing is I haven't had any pop ups or problems with my pc since I've been using it.

Yeah, I found out about the registry thing! The hard way! iMesh is REALLY bad news, believe me!
post #5 of 23
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Oh, what about firewalls? Will that prevent me from downloading music? Or make it more difficult?
post #6 of 23
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Originally posted by mzjazz2u
music files? I tried using iMesh and they had too much spyware conected with it. Now I'm trying WinMX but that seems to be so much slower. Anyone have any reviews for me?
Yup I do...
We;ve tried everything from limewire to napster to morpheus and now we're using kazaa and it's probably the best at the moment.

you can download it at www.kazaa.com for free...
it's really good stuff and to prove it i've almost got 1000 mp3's on my hard drive from using kazaa alone...
post #7 of 23
i did download when i first got my computer from winmx, but i was told not to do it anymore because they were catching people doing it and they were in trouble for the copyright thing, so i stoped, i didnt know this,,, what have you heard about this, it it true or not??
post #8 of 23
I've used Kazaa for a while, but the latest version has had a lot of problems (on my computer, anyway). Right now, I have none downloaded.
post #9 of 23
I use Kazaa it's really easy to use and I have downloaded enough music to burn 10 CD's .. It gets thumbs up from me.
post #10 of 23
I use Kazaa Lite, and it works fine for me. As far as the big companies hunting you down, there's a new one called Tesla (http://tesla.ac/) that's supposed to be more secure, but so far there's not a lot of files being shared.
post #11 of 23
Kaaza is bad....might run well, but full of spyware. UGH.

If you have a firewall, I am sure that can hinder the downloading!! That is what a firewall is for...to help protect your PC!
post #12 of 23
I use Kazaa light. I think the latest versions are supposed to be spyware free. I have no problem with spyware and my computer is checked regularly. Carrie - maybe you tried one of the older versions?

Actually, would be interesting for fellow Kazaa users here to find each other and learn more about our taste in music You can find all sorts of Israeli music on my Kazaa shared folder.
post #13 of 23
I've got about 3000 songs on my "old" computer. This one only has maybe half a dozen.

Got everything from show tunes to one hit wonders of the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Lots of classic rock, some folk, some silliness (Weird Al, Singing Cats, and comedians).
post #14 of 23
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Quote:
Originally posted by dougbug
i did download when i first got my computer from winmx, but i was told not to do it anymore because they were catching people doing it and they were in trouble for the copyright thing, so i stoped, i didnt know this,,, what have you heard about this, it it true or not??
I think this is a risk for almost all peer to peer programs. But there are programs where you purchase a membership (very cheap) and supposedly those are legal. I hope!
post #15 of 23
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Originally posted by Mom of 10 Cats
I've used Kazaa for a while, but the latest version has had a lot of problems (on my computer, anyway). Right now, I have none downloaded.
I've had a lot of positive reviews of Kazaa but I am cautious. What you say goes with ZDnet's review. They say you're subject to lots of ads and spyware with Kazaa. That's why I asked about firewalls and if they interfere with downloading.

Anyone else have any experience with firewalls? I dowloaded a free one and am testing it out. It's called ZoneAlarm.
post #16 of 23
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Quote:
Originally posted by Anne
I use Kazaa light. I think the latest versions are supposed to be spyware free. I have no problem with spyware and my computer is checked regularly. Carrie - maybe you tried one of the older versions?

Actually, would be interesting for fellow Kazaa users here to find each other and learn more about our taste in music You can find all sorts of Israeli music on my Kazaa shared folder.
Oh i wish I was on Kazaa! I'd love to share music. I'm SOOO afraid to use it though. Especially after having to redo my whole pc. You know the sad thing is I absolutely loved iMesh. It was super fast ane extremely easy to use. It just had SO much spyware it messed things up. mp3university sent me a fix but I'm afraid to try it again!
post #17 of 23
I have used WinMX in the past, but haven't used it recently. We don't download a lot so it was fine for us. ZoneAlarm is a really good program. I have used it for 2 years now and have never had a problem.
post #18 of 23
i don't know if you are willing to pay or not, but apple has their own site. you only pay .99 for a song.
post #19 of 23
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Quote:
Originally posted by Tigger
i don't know if you are willing to pay or not, but apple has their own site. you only pay .99 for a song.
Thanks for the info. I've already paid for unlimited downloads though. I just have to figure out what software to use to download it without messing up my pc. The place I bought the membership from just sent me a fix for getting rid of all the spyware on iMesh. I might brave it. That program is SOO easy to use and super fast.
post #20 of 23
I download from the Apple Music Store... I use iTunes and my iPod tons! Love it! Love it! Love it!!

Hey Sicy...check out U2 on Apple's web site...kewl!

post #21 of 23
Hmm...not sure about the light version...!
post #22 of 23
If you are going to use Kazaa, definitely use Kazaa Lite. The Lite is because someone else went in and took out all of the spyware and adware.
post #23 of 23
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Ok I downloaded Kazaa lite and it's much better then WinMX. Much easier and faster! And so far no problems. Plus I have that firewall up now too.
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