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Windows 7: Would someone be kind enough to explain what Torrents are all about?

03 Jul 2010   #1
McSeven

W7 Prof 64 bit
 
 
Would someone be kind enough to explain what Torrents are all about?

Are there different kinds? Are they safe to use? Are they spyware? etc?
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03 Jul 2010   #2
derekimo

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Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

It all depends on what they are and where they come from, some are useful

others can be really bad news.

BitTorrent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thanks for fixing the link John.
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03 Jul 2010   #3
EliteMaster16

 
 

basically their used for downloading large files through what's called a p2p (peer to peer) connection. So you can download like tons of gigs of videos, photos, sound files, what have you through using bitorrent applications such as uTorrent.
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03 Jul 2010   #4
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EliteMaster16 View Post
basically their used for downloading large files through what's called a p2p (peer to peer) connection. So you can download like tons of gigs of videos, photos, sound files, what have you through using bitorrent applications such as uTorrent.
Correct. There's just alot of shady torrents out there, BUT not all are.

You just need to be careful with them.
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03 Jul 2010   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

WARNING!

be very careful if you start playing with torrents.

there are lots and lots and lots of illegal ones out there.

there are lots of nasty idiots who infect torrents with viruses, trojans and the like.

make sure you have very good up-to-date anti-virus/spyware software. SCAN EVERYTHING!

many isps limit torrent usage at peak hours.

realise that uploading torrents slows down your internet speed.


(PS how do you do warning boxes?)
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03 Jul 2010   #6
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
It all depends on what they are and where they come from, some are useful

others can be really bad news.

BitTorrent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thanks for fixing the link John.
I have never seen a "bad news" torrent before.
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03 Jul 2010   #7
derekimo

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Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
It all depends on what they are and where they come from, some are useful

others can be really bad news.

BitTorrent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thanks for fixing the link John.
I have never seen a "bad news" torrent before.
Doesn't mean they aren't out there, you're just lucky I guess.
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03 Jul 2010   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
I have never seen a "bad news" torrent before.
they do exist, in large numbers. you're lucky you haven't found one yet.
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03 Jul 2010   #9
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Doesn't mean they aren't out there, you're just lucky I guess.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
they do exist, in large numbers. you're lucky you haven't found one yet.
I have been using BitTorrent since 2005, downloaded thousands of them. One private tracker that I have been using for the past 2 years shows over 3TB of traffic downloaded and 700 torrents in my history.

No "bad news" from any of them. It's not luck either. What do you consider "bad"?
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03 Jul 2010   #10
scoopeeedoo

 
 

I really don't realize the interest of torrents...
Honestly i used to be a p2p user before and stopped because of innumerable intrusion attempts (thank you Norton for keeping me safe!).
Since i use direct download (always read comments!!!) i never had problems again...
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