I have been using LimeWire for the past couple of years. I paid a subscription fee last September and have been extremely happy with the results. However, I have never received a virus, trojan or spyware from P2P file sharing. I use good programs and common sense to avoid this. I have Norton Corporate (an older version with up to date definitions). AVG Free, Zone Alarm Pro and Windows Defender. I have paid for all but AVG Free and Windows Defender which was free from Microsoft. I also sit behind a router based firewall.
I also use something that isn't used a lot today, "Common Sense." If the file looks too good to be true...then it usually is. If you see a file that shows a size of lets just say 1,400kb and you know it should be at least a couple megs, why would you download it. If the file isn't exactly what you're searching for, it probably isn't a file you want. You have to know this is a scam of some sort whether it's a virus or spyware or whatever. Another one is when you do a search for a file and you get something that looks like or says porn, it isn't the file you're looking for or is a variation of it. Variations can be and often are not what they appear to be. Common sense can save you a lot of time and effort if you just use it.
When I first installed LimeWire, I set up a download directory for it. All files for download are within this directory. Every download, whether from LimeWire or any other source, is scanned before it is used. If the file is going to be allowed for uploading, it is moved to another folder which is the only folder allowed for uploading.
I believe that if we all do our part, this kind of malware can be, if not stopped, at least slowed down. It's up to each and every one of us to use common sense and good virus protection as well as good spyware protection to protect ourselves.
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