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What are Torrents

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
What are Torrents please?

After reading the thread "What is limewire" i have since deleted it (limewire) this means i now cant get any music :(. ive heard people say about torrents but im not sure wht they are or how to uae them or wht to do? Please can someone help me :)

thank youuu
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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1 Like #1
If you were to type into Google that exact phrase them you will be taken to MANY pages answering precisely that question.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-torrents.htm For example.
#2
P2P file sharing
1 Like #3
in order to use torrents you must have a program called
Utorrent
1 Like #4
torrents are similar to limewire links, there are peer to peer shared but i find them much quicker than ed2k links, not so great for individual songs tho.
#5
thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? where from?
#6
chris_b
in order to use torrents you must have a program called
Utorrent


or BitTorrent
1 Like #7
mum2b
thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? where from?


yep download & install UTorrent or BitTorrent then search for the torrent files you want using Torrentz or any other torrent search engine.
#8
lilsmithy
yep download & install UTorrent or BitTorrent then search for the torrent files you want using Torrentz or any other torrent search engine.


thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?

Are torrnets safe? is there any risk of vruses?

(rep added)
#9
mum2b
thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?

Are torrnets safe? is there any risk of vruses?

(rep added)


I use BitTorrent which is pretty good i havn't used UTorrent so i duno bout that one. Theres always a risk of viruses with P2P sharing just scan the file with your antivirus before opening it. Also have a look at the comments about the torrent file before you download it, people often report viruses/trojans there.
#10
mum2b
thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?

Are torrnets safe? is there any risk of vruses?

(rep added)


U torrent uses less of your computers resources and torrents are generally safe if you have a good virus scanner. There is a risk of viruses though
#11
mum2b;2215281
thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? where from?



Artemis' Quick Guide To Torrents is a good place to start
#12
you can only downlaod albums with torrents
1 Like #15
Not sure about this sites rules on piracy so I won't put links so just google the names.

Torrents require a 'link' from a site like mininova or piratebay to start the download and a program like Utorrent to do the actual downloading. Download and Install Utorrent go to Mininova search for a file click the download link and depending on the speed it can take minutes to hours. Albums are easier to download than separate tracks and will probably be in a RAR file and need something called 7zip to extract.

ReleaseLog is good for checking for the newest files and EZTV for tv.

Hope this helps.
#16
strike
you can only downlaod albums with torrents


You can select individual songs within albums with most torrents :roll:
#18
ok well im one step closer ive downloaded UTorrent and now wht i do please?
banned#19
mum2b
ok well im one step closer ive downloaded UTorrent and now wht i do please?


GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

its the best way....:thumbsup:
banned#21
vixygwim
Nah not really.


we could if we wanted to.... esp if we said she needed to download a virus laiden torrent I just upped...
#22
vixygwim
Now everyone else can see what you're doing on your computer and read all your files not to mention capture your bank details and so on.


lol u actuall had me going then:thinking::?
#23
imranmaz
we could if we wanted to.... esp if we said she needed to download a virus laiden torrent I just upped...


noooooooooooooo - i thought u were kind :roll::)
banned#24
mum2b
noooooooooooooo - i thought u were kind :roll::)


hehe... "if" we wanted to...:thumbsup:

for short programs or *free* music albums I would suggest rapidshare or megaupload. This is because it is faster than torrents on average.

just google the album or whatever plus rapidshare/megaupload

ie "imran home album megaupload"

I say short program cause most people split the files in 100mb segments and the free version of megaupload ect makes you wait 90mins before you can download from it again (unless you switch your modem off and on inbetween).

give it a quick go! plus you dont need any special software to do it!
#25
imranmaz
hehe... "if" we wanted to...:thumbsup:

for short programs or *free* music albums I would suggest rapidshare or megaupload. This is because it is faster than torrents on average.

just google the album or whatever plus rapidshare/megaupload

ie "imran home album megaupload"

I say short program cause most people split the files in 100mb segments and the free version of megaupload ect makes you wait 90mins before you can download from it again (unless you switch your modem off and on inbetween).

give it a quick go! plus you dont need any special software to do it!



i done it thks for your help -
#26
For rapidshare rapidlinks.co.uk and Flashget are what I use.

Flashget is just a program that allows you to pause/restart rapidshare downloads and batch download if you have an account.

Again 7zip will be needed for opening RAR files and joining split rar file contents.
banned#27
Ungreat
For rapidshare rapidlinks.co.uk and Flashget are what I use.

Flashget is just a program that allows you to pause/restart rapidshare downloads and batch download if you have an account.

Again 7zip will be needed for opening RAR files and joining split rar file contents.


I use winrar.. haven't tried 7zip
#28
torrents are more dangerous than limewire unless you know what your doing
#29
strike
you can only downlaod albums with torrents

you don't have to download all the tracks on an album - just untick the tracks you don't want
banned#30
kiwinator
torrents are more dangerous than limewire unless you know what your doing


how are they more dangerous?
#31
imranmaz
how are they more dangerous?
there are more viruses,spyware in torrents than in mp3 files on limewire
banned#32
well after reading this and making a balls up with computer i think its best she doesnt download anything - sorted, thanks guys
banned#33
kiwinator
there are more viruses,spyware in torrents than in mp3 files on limewire


the amount of times I have downloaded fake files off limewire was one of the reasons I moved on. torrents arnt perfect but much better.

I see your point but only when downloading "cracks"

most dodgy zipped files require you to go on a website to get the password but you get the virus on the site or MPAA (or whoever) loggs your ip.

at the end of the day if you are downloading anything by any means you should vrius scan it. even if its from reputable sites. :thumbsup:
banned#34
sassie
i think its best she doesnt download anything - sorted, thanks guys


Just because you failed at it doesn't mean everyone else will.

my gf's mum can do it and she's 65
#35
imranmaz
the amount of times I have downloaded fake files off limewire was one of the reasons I moved on. torrents arnt perfect but much better.

I see your point but only when downloading "cracks"

most dodgy zipped files require you to go on a website to get the password but you get the virus on the site or MPAA (or whoever) loggs your ip.

at the end of the day if you are downloading anything by any means you should vrius scan it. even if its from reputable sites. :thumbsup:


when does a virus corrupt your pc? So i scan everthing but is it only when i open a file a virus is unlocked or is it as soon as it is stroed on my pc?

yes i know i am a n00b :oops:
banned#36
mum2b
when does a virus corrupt your pc? So i scan everthing but is it only when i open a file a virus is unlocked or is it as soon as it is stroed on my pc?

yes i know i am a n00b :oops:


what antivirus do you have?

you have to run an infected program for the virus to be put on your computer. or if you clicked on things on a website that is dodgy.

utorrent has a search bar in the top right corner. it has various sites built into the drop down. I use the one that starts with M and if I can't find what I am looking for I use the one that starts with i. these two are safe if you only use them for torrents... if you click on the banners to "see how many chin ups you can do" by clicking loads of times on the banner then you are on your own.

when you download something, just right click it (so the litle menu pops up) and scan it. if it is ok then unzip it (if it was zipped up) and do the same for the unzipped files. if all is clear then go ahead! its as simple as that.
banned#37
love: "a virus is unlocked"
#38
imranmaz
love: "a virus is unlocked"


u know wht i mean :) - i have got norton anti virus
#39
vixygwim
Any form of P2P is inherently weak there are no exceptions.

If you're new to the whole downloading thing just stick to music / films / episodes and forget about programs / applications / files ending in .exe or anything else that requires that you run it from your computer.


thks yeh i only want music
banned#40
mum2b
u know wht i mean :) - i have got norton anti virus


Try nod32. it's one of the best especially if you have an older computer.

vixygwim
Any form of P2P is inherently weak there are no exceptions.

If you're new to the whole downloading thing just stick to music / films / episodes and forget about programs / applications / files ending in .exe or anything else that requires that you run it from your computer.


This is true. a good tip is to click on "details" to make sure the file isn't zipped up. and also click on "comments" to see if other people have spotted problems. (this info is available for each torrent)

Any form of P2P is inherently weak there are no exceptions.

An external file from any source could possibly be a virus not just p2p.

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