There has really been an overabundance of thread traffic pertaining to Kazaa, spyware and p2p in general building up on the boards lately. I thought I would post a final word on p2p. What is Spyware: in the interest of keeping this shorter, search online for this… There is a lot of info, including searchable databases and lists of known infected software. http://www.google.com/search?q=what is spyware P2P Clients: What is infected and what is safe? Of the dozens of available peer-to-peer networks and clients, how many are safe to use? (A number of these clients claim to be spyware free – however, they still include components such as cydoor, NewDotNet, etc…) Common P2P Clients with Spyware Kazaa: Infected http://www.kazaa.com/ Imesh: Infected http://www.imesh.com/ Morpheus: Infected http://www.morpheus.com/ Limewire: Infected http://www.limewire.com/ Xolox: Infected http://www.xolox.nl/ Grokster: Infected http://www.grokster.com/ eDonkey: Infected http://www.edonkey2000.com/ Bearshare: Infected http://www.bearshare.com/ Common P2P Clients with NO Spyware Kazaa LiteClean http://www.kazaalite.com/ Diet Kaza Clean http://www.dietk.com/ WinMX: Clean http://www.winmx.com/ Shareaza: Clean http://www.shareaza.com/ E-Mule: Clean http://www.emule-project.net Gnucleus: Clean http://www.gnucleus.net/ Blubster: Clean http://www.blubster.com/ Soulseek: Clean http://www.slsk.org/ Direct Connect: Clean http://www.neo-modus.com/ DC++: Clean http://dcplusplus.sourceforge.net/ Tesla: Clean http://www.tesla.ac/ Finding and Removing Spyware: Versions of these p2p clients change all the time, so you’re going to want to use a program to scan for spyware, should they decide to include it down the road. AdAware: http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/ This program will scan, detect and remove spyware components from you computers hard drives, memory and registry. Get it and use it – it’s free. SpyBot Search & Destroy: http://spybot.eon.net.au/ Another great program. It catches components that AdAware doesn't, and vice versa. It wouldn't hurt to have and use both programs. Using P2P to Find MIDI Files: Don't bother. We have our own MIDIHUB, an entirely MIDI Direct Connect HUB. For more info, see here: http://board.midibuddy.net/t3872.html Other Risks? What P2P you use is really little more than personal preference – in the big picture they are a horse a piece. Just keep in mind that p2p networks carry their own risks: Virus – Many (maaaaany) files are infected. You could get anything ranging from a virus or trojan to a worm. Be sure to scan EVERYTHING you download BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE, and keep your Virus Software UP-To-Date! Watch what you share and download – agencies like the RIAA are watching. No, Really… Watch what you share and download – There are other agencies that host files strictly for the purpose of catching anyone who downloads them. They range from legal/federal agencies to copywrite organizations and anti-piracy groups. They are gaining power, and are resorting to newer, clever methods to get things accomplished. They have been infecting files with viruses and mass-distributing them, posing as regular users in p2p chats… Watch it, because they definitely are watching you Watch who you chat with over the p2p network (or anywhere else). You never really know who you're talking to - many agencies chat openly over p2p networks in hopes of catching people doing things - and they CAN and WILL take action. You could be prosecuted, lose your internet connection for violations of their terms of service or other things just as unpleasant. I hope you've found something in here helpful - just remember that pirateering/illegally distributing software and illegally sharing music (or any other kind of files) is WRONG!!! blah blah blah blah blah, etc... RIAA Petition!!! http://board.midibuddy.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=82366 Check it out! 06-01-03: edited to correct a few spelling mistakes, and fixed RIAA link 11-21-03: Added "Stop the RIAA - Petition" link. Art.