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Limewire?

Discussion in 'Software' started by elli5on, May 26, 2007.

  1. elli5on

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    Hi everyone, a friend of mine is using limewire on their pc. However wehn they double click the icon to start the program nothing happens. The load bar comes on for a couple of seconds then nothing. Ive checked in the firewall setting's to make sure it has granted access which it does, but still no joy.

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Does your friend like spyware?

    Every PC that I've seen with Limewire installed has been riddled wit it.
     
  3. elli5on

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    He has spysweeper, isn't picking up on any spyware etc etc. Seems to be running fine. Just cant get it to open the application itself.

    Anyone know of any other limewire type programs?? Non add ones of course.
     
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  4. hbroomhall

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    Nearly all the Limewire type P2P progs seem to attract trojans and viruses like flies. Every PC I've seen with Limewire has had multiple nasties on it. And I wouldn't trust just one malware detection system.

    There are three possibilities that I can think of here:
    1) Some trojan has hosed his TCP/IP stack. Can he access the 'net otherwise?
    2) The router he has has a firewall in it set to block known P2P programs.
    3) His ISP is blocking it. I know of at least one ISP that traffic shapes known P2P software.

    Harry.
     
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  5. tripwire45
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    Avoid limewire at all costs. Nuff said.
     
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  6. Mr.Cheeks

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    I see what everyone is say but you state that;

    Is the applciation actually running at that point? or is it crashing? :blink
     
  7. Bambino1506

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    Limewire is a biatch to uninstall BTW, leaves files everywhere :twisted:
     
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  8. shaggy

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    If its anything like kazaa then it will not run if you remove the spyware that comes with it

    which is what has happened if the scan isnt picking any up, possibly
     
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  9. SamSixty

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    Limewire claims to be spyware free and as long as you dont download porn_key_cracker.exe or similar and of course be very wary of executables from it there should be no reason to wory about viruses and trojans.

    I assume you have tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it.
    I just put it on my test machine and found it stores files in 'C:\Documents and Settings\[something]\Application Data\LimeWire' which is not removed after you uninstall.

    Its just a shot in the dark but try uninstalling it, show hidden folders, delete the 'C:\Documents and Settings\[something]\Application Data\LimeWire' folder and also the 'C:\Program Files\LimeWire' folder too, then try reinstalling it.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  10. Bluerinse
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    I wouldn't install it either or any other bittorrent type P2P software, like the others, i have seen too many PCs riddled with malware because of what people do with it.

    If you check the Limewire documentation i am sure you will find that 'if' your broudband router is using NAT i.e you have a public IP address, a range of ports need to be forwarded to the fixed IP of the client.
     
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  11. zebulebu

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    LOL - and I claim to be ten inches, but when the lights come on... disappointment all round for the ladies I'm afraid.

    Seriously - Limewire might 'claim' to be spyware free, and, whilst the jury is out on whether the actual install contains spyware, it certainly DOES contain adware, arguably bundles as much crap as kazaa does when installed, mungs your registry, is difficult to remove cleanly, uses large amounts of system resources, has very little in the way of connection settings so is likely to punk out your connection after a while, is one of the largest targets for the RIAA/MPIAA/(insert rabid anti-copyright theft body here) spies and is a haven for warez, cracks, fakes, wrapped trojaned exes and God alone knows what else.

    Whilst I'm sure you didn't mean to be glib in your response, simply saying that not downloading 'porn_key_cracker.exe or similar' will leave you realatively safe is far, far from the truth.

    Lets face it folks - a system where the real aim is to distribute material (be it software, music, film or anything else) that is copyrighted for free is always going to carry with it inherent risks. And I'm not making a soapbox proclamation about the rights or wrongs of copyright theft - I'm simply stating a fact.
     
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  12. SamSixty

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    I was just offering a suggestion as to how elli5on may attempt to solve his problem as apposed to warning him of the malware he could possibly download if he got the program to function.

    If your the kind of guy who likes to download britneys_haIr.jpeg.exe from limewire and run it then bad things are sure to follow. I do believe however that with some judgement and thinking most of the crud on the interent can be avoided.

    So anyway, elli5on did your friend get limewire to work in the end?

    As far as my coment about not downloading 'porn_key_cracker.exe or similar' leaving you realatively safe goes. I know it is not that simple but using some common sense and steering clear of obvious junk has kept me safe so far. (limewire and porn sites being some of that junk imo)
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Another vote for "Avoid Like The Plague".
     
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  14. greenbrucelee
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    Like Harry has said use multiple malware detection progs.

    I knew I had a virus with limewire so I binned limewire and then got rid of the virus which had multipled a few times and then it was sorted.

    Some of the malware detection progs said my system was ok some said I had a critical problem.

    Tis weird how some progs dont see what others do!
     
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