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Windows 7: Torrents

23 Sep 2014   #11
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Please correct me if the following is wrong as I am not an expert on this, it is just an assumption,
I think that torrenting may use up a noticeable amount of bandwith if you have downloaded a popular torrent since it may get a seed from you PC sometimes. If you leave your PC on 24/7, it may use up a lot of bandwidth. This usually only affects those on a metered connection, but it can also slow down your internet depending on how fast it is.


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23 Sep 2014   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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One should remember if you are using a torrent of any kind; it's one of the best ways of getting infected. One has no idea what is coming from where. People are seeding from all over the world.

My opinion is simple.
If one needs a torrent to download something then you don't want it. Find a proper site and download from there.
The only way for a torrent to be infected with malware is if the original file is infected to start with. A random individual seeding the file among hundreds cannot infect the file. Torrents are constantly using checksums matching against the original file. This is no different then "finding a proper site and download from there" as you put it. The same risk is applicable to both. Download from trusted sources.

But I'll state it again, Torrents are not one of the best ways of getting infected. The risk of downloading from a torrent, of from a web site is the same. It makes no difference.
Yes and no.
Because most of us know what many people download using a torrent and it's not their grandma's cook books.
The simple fact of using a torrent is really not the problem. The problem comes in on what the download is.
The bad guys also know what many use torrents for and that is where the problem arises.

Getting a movie from proper site and paying for it. Then using a torrent if offered to download it is not the problem. Getting said movie from where ever and not paying for it is the problem.
The bad guys know that the movie is being bootlegged.
Considering the movie industry looses billions of dollars with people bootlegging movies I would think that many people do this with torrents along with bootlegging programs and operating systems. In my opinion those bootlegged items can and do come with infections many times.

Torrents are like a hammer. If used properly they both can be useful. If used wrong they both can cause pain. Most people use a hammer correctly but I don't think most people use a torrent correctly.
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23 Sep 2014   #13
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

So in other words, Torrent is not the problem. People are. Same can be said for anything you download off the internet. Irregardless of how you download it.
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23 Sep 2014   #14
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

The only torrent I've ever used is MajorGeeks I believe there's one other but can't think of it at the moment :/
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23 Sep 2014   #15
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Please correct me if the following is wrong as I am not an expert on this, it is just an assumption,
I think that torrenting may use up a noticeable amount of bandwith if you have downloaded a popular torrent since it may get a seed from you PC sometimes. If you leave your PC on 24/7, it may use up a lot of bandwidth. This usually only affects those on a metered connection, but it can also slow down your internet depending on how fast it is.
Its not a huge hit on your bandwidth if there is one at all. I have not done enough research about it to know but I doubt its a lot. The solution is, never seed anything. Whenever your torrent is done, go in there and remove it so you stop it from seeding for other users.
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23 Sep 2014   #16
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

IMO; i would stay away from torrents; simply for the reason being they can contain viruses, malware, and the like that can really wreck havoc on your system if you arent careful about what you are downloading; and the thing is its not always easy to tell what links may contain viruses, etc. unless you have anti virus that ends up detecting something before you download it.
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23 Sep 2014   #17
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

to repeat, torrenting is simply another file transfer process. It is no more or less problematic than e-mail, the rapidshare/file factory/mega's or any of those 'free-download-trial/try-before-u-buy' sites. If there is infection, it will be in the file itself.
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24 Sep 2014   #18
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
i would stay away from torrents; simply for the reason being they can contain viruses, malware, and the like
Under that condition, you should really stay away from internet altogether. Torrents themselves are never the cause of that, what do you choose to download is the real problem.
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25 Sep 2014   #19
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gator View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Please correct me if the following is wrong as I am not an expert on this, it is just an assumption,
I think that torrenting may use up a noticeable amount of bandwith if you have downloaded a popular torrent since it may get a seed from you PC sometimes. If you leave your PC on 24/7, it may use up a lot of bandwidth. This usually only affects those on a metered connection, but it can also slow down your internet depending on how fast it is.
Its not a huge hit on your bandwidth if there is one at all. I have not done enough research about it to know but I doubt its a lot. The solution is, never seed anything. Whenever your torrent is done, go in there and remove it so you stop it from seeding for other users.
How much seeds does a torrent download usually use anyway?
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