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    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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    If you were to type into Google that exact phrase them you will be taken to MANY pages answering precisely that question.
    wisegeek.com/wha…htm For example.

    P2P file sharing

    in order to use torrents you must have a program called
    Utorrent

    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.

    Original Poster

    thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? where from?

    chris_b;2215267

    in order to use torrents you must have a program calledUtorrent



    or ]BitTorrent

    mum2b;2215281

    thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? … 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.

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    lilsmithy;2215296

    yep download & install UTorrent or BitTorrent then search for the torrent … 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)

    mum2b;2215316

    thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?Are torrnets safe? is there … 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.

    mum2b;2215316

    thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?Are torrnets safe? is there … 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

    mum2b;2215281

    thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? … 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

    you can only downlaod albums with torrents

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    OP: google.co.uk/sea…ta=

    mum2b;2215281

    thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? … thks im a bit confused so how do i get started? do i download Utorrent? where from?


    google.co.uk/sea…ta=

    mum2b;2215316

    thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?Are torrnets safe? is there … thks wht one is better Utornet or BitTorrent?Are torrnets safe? is there any risk of vruses?(rep added)



    google.co.uk/sea…ta=

    google.co.uk/sea…ta=

    google.co.uk/sea…ta=

    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.

    strike;2215397

    you can only downlaod albums with torrents



    You can select individual songs within albums with most torrents :roll:

    Original Poster

    ok well im one step closer ive downloaded UTorrent and now wht i do please?

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    mum2b;2215499

    ok well im one step closer ive downloaded UTorrent and now wht i do … ok well im one step closer ive downloaded UTorrent and now wht i do please?



    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

    its the best way....:thumbsup:

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    vixygwim;2215534

    Nah not really.



    we could if we wanted to.... esp if we said she needed to download a virus laiden torrent I just upped...

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    vixygwim;2215532

    Now everyone else can see what you're doing on your computer and read all … 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::?

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    imranmaz;2215554

    we could if we wanted to.... esp if we said she needed to download a … 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::)

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    mum2b;2215572

    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!

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    imranmaz;2215638

    hehe... "if" we wanted to...:thumbsup:for short programs or *free* music … 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/megauploadie "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 -

    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.

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    Ungreat;2215906

    For rapidshare rapidlinks.co.uk and Flashget are what I use.Flashget is … 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

    torrents are more dangerous than limewire unless you know what your doing

    strike;2215397

    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

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    kiwinator;2216257

    torrents are more dangerous than limewire unless you know what your doing



    how are they more dangerous?

    imranmaz;2216318

    how are they more dangerous?

    there are more viruses,spyware in torrents than in mp3 files on limewire

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    well after reading this and making a balls up with computer i think its best she doesnt download anything - sorted, thanks guys

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    kiwinator;2216347

    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:

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    sassie;2216360

    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

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    imranmaz;2216370

    the amount of times I have downloaded fake files off limewire was one of … 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:

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    mum2b;2216395

    when does a virus corrupt your pc? So i scan everthing but is it only … 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.

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    love: "a virus is unlocked"

    Original Poster

    imranmaz;2216406

    love: "a virus is unlocked"



    u know wht i mean - i have got norton anti virus

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    vixygwim;2216423

    Any form of P2P is inherently weak there are no exceptions.If you're new … 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

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    mum2b;2216422

    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;2216423

    Any form of P2P is inherently weak there are no exceptions.If you're new … 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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