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Limewire
11-05-2007, 01:31 PM
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My son has just called me to ask if he can download Limewire onto our computer at home. I have looked it up and apparently you can download the basic version free, which I presume will be sufficient for what he needs to do.

Has anyone else done this? Is it safe? I've already lost one computer to viruses.
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11-05-2007, 02:17 PM
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It's fine. You need to make sure he doesn't stray away from audio as apparently some of the vids on there can be, well, dubious.

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11-05-2007, 02:30 PM
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As I understand it, Limewire gives other computers access to your hard drive while running. You need to be a little careful how you set it up, and how you allow it to run. You need good virus protection and you've got to assume that at some point or other your son's going to be tempted to look for dodgy porn.

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11-05-2007, 02:39 PM
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I've been using it for a couple of years now with no problems, but I do have good virus/spam etc etc cover and I run regular checks.

And I haven't been tempted into the porn yet :angel_not


Oooh - just thought. The IT guy at work was telling me that if you are staying in a Travelodge, you can disconnect the telly and use the connection for free broadband. Basically it takes you into the travelodge main system. I'm tempted to book in just to give it a go.

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11-05-2007, 02:50 PM
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Fee For All Wrote:And I haven't been tempted into the porn yet :angel_not
then you're a better woman than me. I'd been running Limewire for all of about 90 seconds before being tempted to search for porn.

Quote:Oooh - just thought. The IT guy at work was telling me that if you are staying in a Travelodge, you can disconnect the telly and use the connection for free broadband. Basically it takes you into the travelodge main system. I'm tempted to book in just to give it a go.
LOL the only tiny fly in the ointment for that free internet ploy is the 60-odd quid they sting you for the room Big Grin

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11-05-2007, 02:54 PM
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mikado Wrote:then you're a better woman than me. I'd been running Limewire for all of about 90 seconds before being tempted to search for porn.


LOL the only tiny fly in the ointment for that free internet ploy is the 60-odd quid they sting you for the room Big Grin

£15 if you book in advance. :thumbsup:

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11-05-2007, 02:57 PM
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Is there any way I can monitor what he's downloading?
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11-05-2007, 03:10 PM
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Q: How can I prevent my children from seeing adult content in the search results? A: The filter option can block access to files in a variety of ways. Go to Tools, Options, Filters, and Keywords. Here you'll be able to set limitations to the search results you receive. For example:

  1. If you don't wish to see particular search results (for example, pictures of Niagara Falls), enter that data into the text field and click "Add".
  2. Click on "Ignore Adult Content" to filter pornography.
  3. You can use the built-in "Ignore vbs files" and "Ignore .htm/.html files" features to block Visual Basic Scripts and web pages, respectively, from your search results (please note this can also be done by searching for media types only)
  4. If there are particular IP addresses you wish to ignore (if, for example, a particular IP address was sending you unsolicited results), click under Hosts where you could enter that IP address into the "Ignore these hosts" window and click "Add."
  5. LimeWire can also learn which types of files are "junk" search results and which ones are valid. When a "junk" result is retrieved, select it and click the "Junk" button to mark it as junk.
    • Q: Might I download a virus using LimeWire? A: LimeWire does not keep any record of files being shared on the Gnutella network, nor does it scan any files being uploaded or downloaded for viruses. Therefore, if you attempt to download a virus-infected file using LimeWire, you will be vulnerable to any viruses contained in that file. Generally speaking, you should be very careful when downloading files with a .exe or .vbs suffix, since these files are more likely than most to be viruses. LimeWire's Library will also not launch these files, so you can only run a file with a virus from outside LimeWire. (LimeWire's Library will not launch exe, vbs, lnk, bat, sys, or com files) Scanning the files you download with some sort of virus-protection software is also a good idea.



      Q: How do I prevent downloading bogus files that are actually advertisements? A: Some servers on the Gnutella network serve advertisements with false filenames to fake popular search results. If you find yourself downloading search results that end up being advertisements, you can stop receiving search results from that host by doing the following:
      • On Mac, highlight the search result in question by clicking on it. Hold down the apple key and click the mouse. Check "Block Host".
      • On Windows, right click the search result and "Block Host".
        • Additionally, you can mark suspicious search results as junk by selecting them and clicking the "Junk" button. If a file has been marked as junk that is a valid search result, it can be marked as "Not Junk". LimeWire will learn over time which search results are valid and filter out the junk results accordingly.


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11-05-2007, 03:35 PM
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Patsy Wrote:Is there any way I can monitor what he's downloading?

Yes - you sit behind him every time he uses the computer and read over his shoulder.

He'll probably complain a little about this, but you know it's for his own good Smile

I'm a little dubious about any techie solution. The chances of you being able to out-tech your teenage kid has got to be close to zero. Especially as it's him that's downloading the Limewire Smile

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11-05-2007, 04:01 PM
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..and don't leave any pics of yourself around or you may end up on the www. :naughty:

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