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Don't Download Bearshare
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UNKNOWN -- I downloaded a ton of really, really hard songs to find about 3 or 4 months ago and I played them through my computer with no problem. I was off the computer since October,2012 and just got on today to play some of those songs and it would not allow me to unless I subscribe to the PRO or somekind of bull version. I downloaded them mostly for free but I do not consider it free because I downloaded a ton of my music just for people to share and download. I do not think they have the right to block those songs after they gave you the permission to download them. Besides, some of those songs I downloaded had a fee in which I gladly paid for. Bearshare is a TOTAL RIP OFF and should be sued for false advertisement. I am deleting it as soon as I find a way to transfer my remaining songs to a new music website. It sounds like Limewire Time. Did this happen to anybody else out there? If so, you can E-MAIL me at: I will soon have a new library of Classic Rock, Blues, Southern Rock, Hard Rock and many other styles of music to SHARE with people. I look at it this way!! It is like lending your buddy an album or CD in the old days after you purchased it yourself. I'm a musician and I do not think sharing or trading music hurts the musician as much as they say. I have my own recordings of music I wrote, played and recorded myself and I had it on Bearshare for anyone who wanted it for free. I figure, that is the best way to get your music out there for people to hear. Give it to them for free!!
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Phone Number For Bearshare
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I found after hours of looking.... 212-729-5702....use this number for billing and account problems.... my son tried to cancel his subscription online and a month later we were still getting billed, this put and end to it ... got a real person on the phone and they refunded our money....

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apond on 02/07/2008:
Heres a suggestion. Search for Bearshare Lite and download and install. This version has no ads and no fees. Mine keeps popping up and wanting to upgrade to a new version, I just click no.
smg on 07/11/2011:
thankyou. That really just helped me out
jujusmommie on 02/09/2013:
thank you this is a lot of help for me
steve on 10/11/2013:
Number is for Bearshare, but it is now a short message asking to email them, and then a dial tone.....
Scott on 12/03/2013:
I used this number (212) 729-5702 to contact bearshre, but keep getting message to email them.I have been paying for premium package,but come to find out that I'm getting regular package.
dale farrand on 12/19/2013:
I just paid for my pro-member-ship today and I cannot even download any green music/ or no videos because the bearsherae site I am on . I uninstalled/ and as well reinstalled and nothing and I get help-please and my username is highenergydj67 p.s. thanks
kristy on 01/07/2014:
I need to cancel my membership I cannot can someone help me
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After searching for an online music resource I downloaded Bearshare. I downloaded this "Free" program only to find that my computer took a beating. I un-installed the program and still found traces of Bearshare in many different locations on those computers. This program also made different web browsers a Bearshare homepage of which I could not get rid of. I would recommend that anyone with the same issues read their license agreement. Please contact me if you are interested in joining my lawsuit with bareshare as they have violated many aspects of their own agreement with their consumers-not to mention destroyed two of my own computers. Once downloaded this program is nearly impossible to expel from your computer. Hopefully I have stopped you from even thinking about a Bearshare download. FYI: I have had Bearshare "stupidly" on two computers. I'm writing this on my third (without Bearshare) and this computer works great.
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MRM on 08/11/2011:
I used to like Bearshare back in the day, but now I just use torrent.
leet60 on 08/11/2011:
Most built in uninstallers do not fully uninstall programs, leaving traces buried in the hard drive and the registry. You may want to go to a free file site such as CNET and search for "uninstallers". There are several free programs out there that do a deep uninstall of unwanted programs.
Anonymous on 08/11/2011:
CCleaner is pretty good at cleaning up your computer of unwanted junk.
rm on 06/24/2013:
Thank you so much for posting this. I just did a search on "music download" and Bearshare was the first site to come up. As always, I read reviews before downloading anything and I'm glad I did because this mama bear is not downloading Bearshare! on 09/06/2014:
bearshare locked itself into my computer i had to buy a program to get rid of what i could find. but after it caused problems with other programs on my computer kinda like a punishment for erasing them. it buried its way deep into the registry where it changed its name to hide
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Lies and fraud
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I purchased quite a few music downloads from Bear Share at. 99 to 1.29 per song. Lately I have noticed that some of them won't play anymore and when I called them, they said they have the right cancel them if the artist changes the license rules. The funny thing about that is that if I chose to pay the 9.99 a month to belong to Bear Share then it will play,.

Imagine buying something and paying for it only to have it removed from your home 2 years later because the manufacturer changed their mind and doesn't want you to have it! The government needs to crack down on these scam artists.
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GiGi on 05/24/2011:
I got to Bearshare and downloaded a few songs 4 my mp3. I accidentally deleted them... my fault. I went back to the computer to get them again, but I can't! Why? cuz most of the songs say I don't have the rights! I tryed to uninstall Bearshare, but it pops up like, all the time! AURGH!!!!!
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Made a mess of my computer
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Rating: 1/51
Bearshare had made a total mess of my laptop top it leads you to believe it virus free but it has hidden viruses I will never use it again I would strongly advise anyone else to it ruins your whole computer.
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wjk898 on 01/27/2013:
My computer went berserk, then "crashed and burned: - for good, while using BearShare a couple years ago. I'd never go on that site.
Sundrygal on 01/27/2013:
You have to be careful with stuff like that. Hope you have better luck with your laptop in the future.
lexophiliac on 01/27/2013:
It's a good idea to use your antivirus program to verify a site's safety before clicking or downloading it.
sunny south on 06/17/2013:
I agree with the hotel California comment, I cannot get rid of Bearshare browser, I have tried a number of things like uninstall but it took around 2007 files from my computer causing a multitude of problems
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One of the worst sites I've unfortunately become trapped by charging people for nothing. Can't connect can't play media have to spend a fortune calling a US number and being put on hold for an hour then disconnect WTF?!!
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Brian Fisher on 06/27/2013:
I have received 2 messages via BearShare, saying I have won 1:$U.S.45000,00(California) 2:$U.S.500000,00(Thailand).Mt details were drawn in a lottery.I sent an email to Califorina .Replied saying It`s not a scam, but I need to send them.Name and address.I must pay for postage!What??!! I will wait and see.
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Could not uninstall BearShare no matter what I did. I followed their instructions and they would not uninstall the program which which I accessed to play not download free selections. It has interfered with my home page and slowed down my internet access. I would not recommend them to anyone. I cannot get in touch with anyone.
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leet60 on 01/28/2011:
File sharing programs such as Bearshare are designed to bury themselves deep in your computers registry and may create multiple program folders and executable files. While it is feasible if you have some computer knowledge to uninstall these programs yourself, it is much easier and more efficient to user a uninstall program.

You can review several and download some versions of these programs free at:
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BearShare Cheats
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I paid for and successfully downloaded 15 songs from BearShare's website. I could play the music on my WMP 9, but was not able to burn them or sync them to my mp3 player. Every time I tried to burn the 15 songs, I got "license required" message. The license was supposed to come with the payment I made. Also, I kept getting lewd pop-up ads; and my computer has been infected with embedded spyware and viruses from BearShare.

When I called their "customer service," I was told I couldn't get a refund for the "paid items," even though I told them it was unusable for the purposed I paid for.

Buyer beware--this is a bad news service!
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Anonymous on 09/09/2009:
Just tell them to send you the licenses you paid for.
Sparticus on 09/09/2009:
I've always been very leery of any file sharing service. Most have some sort built in sharing mechanism that puts you at risk of illegally sharing your own files.

I used Bearshare in the past, but I would only use it on a virtual instance on my computer... meaning it did not have access to my main files, and it was "turned off" when I was not using it... It essentially lived in a bubble within my computer where it could do no harm.

Nowadays I recommend folks steer clear of such programs. Too much trouble, or potential trouble!
PepperElf on 09/09/2009:
"Also, I kept getting lewd pop-up ads"

I've never heard of this bear share but... are these LEGAL file downloads?

and if you're getting xxx popups check for spyware. if this bear thing is legal it won't be putting spyware on your computer...

simple way to check... if you get rid of all your spyware and the program stops working then it's likely not a legit service.

also just in case... make sure you (or anyone else who might use the computer) hasn't been to any lewd sites too (those will also give you popups)
ejack053824 on 09/09/2009:
Dispute the charge on your credit card.
Diabolical on 09/10/2009:
As I understand it: you paid for the BearShare software.

The BearShare software is p2p software, meaning people can share their files with each other, regardless of whether or not they have licensing. There are very, very few songs available for download with licensing. Bearshare has no control over this.

For example, NIN's "The Slip" is lisenced because NIN wanted it to be an online, free, download-only album. Any other album by NIN is not liscenced. You have to pay for it.

Unfortunately, a lot of p2p sites prey on people in this way. It's not that they misrepresent themselves; it's just that the average consumer is not adequately informed. They just think if they pay money, the music will be legal. That's not the case.
Anonymous on 09/10/2009:
You have to buy the SONGS. What you bought was a subscription to the software. It says so in the disclosure. You did read that didn't you? You also have to make sure your music player is compatible.
Ytropious on 09/10/2009:
Never heard of bear share, but in the realm of illegal downloads why not try Limewire?
Anonymous on 09/13/2009:
From the FAQ's:

Q: What is the difference between the green and yellow tracks?
A: Actually, there are three types of tracks in BearShare - See below

1) Peer-2-Peer Unlicensed Media | Green CD icon

Free Peer-2-Peer downloads from other Bearshare users. Downloading these does not require a monthly subscription. You can burn this content or transfer it to an MP3 player freely.

2) Premium Tracks | Gold CD icon

Download as many as you wish, as long as you have an active monthly subscription (or trial).
This is all the music that is included in your Bearshare Premium subscription, and high-speed downloads are guaranteed!

3) Purchased Tracks | Boxed Gold CD icon

You can purchase Premium Tracks in order to burn them to a CD, or transfer them to an MP3 player*.
* Burning Premium Tracks to CD, or transferring them to a PlaysForSure MP3 player, is only possible after purchasing each track separately for 0.99ยข each, and is not included in the monthly premium subscription fee.
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They Will Let You In. You Can't Get Out!
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This service is the internet's version of "Hotel California." You are put on a billing cycle (in my case $7.95). Once you check in, forget about checking out. Oh, they will explain in detail "how to cancel" but then you are led on a goose chase of non-existent links. Finally you wind up at a phone number you are supposed to call. Since I could not find any conceivable way to cancel by hitting a cancel button like any reputable on-line business. I had no choice but to call the telephone number. Guess what? I was on hold for a while...then I was told I was "next in line" for a few minutes...then I was told that due to "heavy call volume" I should try back later. Then I was disconnected.
"Next in line" to "Heavy call volume." This company designed its website to TAKE YOU MONEY and it will continue to TAKE YOU MONEY long after you want out! My advice: avoid this dishonest company like the plague. If you already have made the mistake I did, call your credit card company investigation department and have them bill the cost right back to Bearshare.

I have had no problems with on-line purchases until I ran into Bearshare. These guys are the worst.
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MRM on 07/03/2007:
Speaking of BearShare, which is a file sharing program, I'm downloading the new movie, Transformers.
MRM on 07/03/2007:
Speaking of BearShare, which is a file sharing program, I'm downloading the new movie, Transformers.
*singing* Transformers, more than meets the eye!
Anonymous on 07/03/2007:
MRM, come and tell us what you think!at:
Sparticus on 07/03/2007:
MRM - The movie is downloadable already??? I may have to boot up my virtual machine that hosts BearShare and take a peek... Just at the preview of course... =)

Scion444 - I think you can get Bearshare for free? I don't remember paying for it. Perhaps they have changed their policies.
MRM on 07/03/2007:
There are two version of Bearshare, Pro vs free, and hes referring to the Pro version. Transformers is playing in theaters right now and its on the internet for the masses to download.
Sparticus on 07/03/2007:
Not sure I can bring myself to watch it... I want to see it on the big screen first.... =)
Anonymous on 07/03/2007:
You may want to look into "shareaza". It is release under GNU General Public License. No spyware,adware,payware. It supports 4 networks (EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Gnutella2 (G2)).
Anonymous on 07/03/2007:
FYI.. Bearshare only access Gnutella and Gnutella2 networks.
MRM on 07/03/2007:
Good tip HappyJoyBear!
crissi on 01/24/2008:
Thank God I'm not alone...How did you ever find a telephone number...I don't know Hotel California may be better than know what. Please Please Please send the number.
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Stinks--Don't stand good for their word
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ILLINOIS -- BearShare stinks.

1. Had nothing but trouble.
2. Canceled them out and they still take money.
3. Can't talk to anyone direct.
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