HAWAII -- Limewire is the best sharing program out there! For some parts yes I agree. But if you go to Limewire.com right inside the green bar you'll see it says, NO SPYWARE! NO ADWARE and NO TROJAN HORSES! Like all the big companies who are making millions and don't care about the consumer Limewire is no different. The fact of the matter is it's so easy to get a virus on Limewire. I'm not talking about music files that they've got covered and very well I might add. I'm talking about video and program files.
Let's say you type in under the video category "drew carey" - wow look at that not even half of it is about drew carey. It's all just asx files that are the same size duplicated 11 or 12 times. Now most of us who have been working with computers know the size of what a certain program file should be. Put it this way, if it's not in mb's then it's a virus. And the scary thing is if you don't pay attention and you download a virus and you don't have the right protection YOU'RE SCREWED! That's depending on how bad the virus is.
Even on Limewire Pro finding the right file is a pain in the ass because most of it is unwanted crap that has nothing to do with what you're searching. Limewire is responsible! And I strongly recommend that you don't buy Limewire or Limewire pro. If you're not getting what you're paying for then they don't deserve your money.
The other part of the blame is the millions of online users who purposely put viruses on the p2p network. There's no need for it! If those people had viruses on their computer they'd be frustrated as well so what's the need for it? It's called "empathy" putting yourself in someone else's shoes. If you're someone like me who knows a virus when he sees it on Limewire then continue to use it. But I think it's time that everybody associated with Limewire do their part.
I originally had Kazaa Lite on my computer before it crashed recently and I had to reinstall everything. Seeing how anal people are about file sharing nowadays, I couldn't get my Kazaa Lite back. I downloaded a new version called Kazaa Lite Resurrection that worked fine until I found out how much spyware it contained. I did a clean sweep and the program wouldn't work anymore. I heard about this new program called Limewire though that was supposed to be spyware free. Turns out when I downloaded the basic version, there was all kinds of spyware, which caused it to not work when I deleted it.
So I went to the site and decided to pay $20 for the PRO version, seeing as you get tech support, guaranteed no spyware, better search results, etc. I did that and it wasn't working on my computer, at all. Did all kinds of uninstalling and reinstalling and redownloading and whatnot and it still wouldn't launch whenever I tried to run the program. I asked for tech support. They gave me some suggestions and I tried just that. Didn't work. I informed them of that and haven't heard back for a few days. I told them I wanted my money refunded since I can't use the program, and they told me absolutely no refunds. What a load of crock!