Perils of P2P File Sharing

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Perils of P2P File Sharing


A few years ago, P2P file sharing was fairly safe. We cannot say that is true in the present day. Malware writers are increasingly and aggressively exploiting P2P. P2P security measures are easily circumvented. A large percentage of files available P2P networks have been deliberately infected with some form of malware. Most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup and are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to P2P network as P2P programs form a direct conduit on to your computer. This makes systems vulnerable to data and identity theft and enables them to be vehicles for spreading malware.


Some P2P programs will share everything on the computer with anyone by default. If your P2P program is not configured correctly, you may be sharing more files than you realize. Even if you change those risky default settings to a safer configuration, the act of downloading files from an anonymous source greatly increases your exposure to infection. That is because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many very malicious worms and trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.


Some malware removal forums ask folks to remove P2P before cleaning computers. The nature of such software and the high incidence of malware in files downloaded with them is counter productive to restoring the PC to a healthy state.


Below is a list of P2P and torrents. This list of P2P programs is by no means exhaustive.

List Courtesy of Hoov at SpywareHammer


360Share Pro Aimini AlienIdol Alliance P2P AllPeers
Amishare AMule Anatomic P2P Anonymity application Anonymous P2P
Anonymous remailer ANts P2P ApexDC ++ Apollon Applejuice
Arctic Torrent Ares Galaxy AudioGnome Avalanche (P2P) AXXo
Azureus BCDC++ BearShare Lite Bearshare Pro 6.1 Bencode
Bitblinder BitBuddy BitComet BitLord Bitpump
BitSpirit BitTornado BitTorrent BitTorrent Experimental Blubster
Broadcatching BT Queue BT++ BTSharp Burst~
Cabos Clickster Crazaa CSpace DarkNET Conglomeration
DC Pro DC++ DCC Manager Deepnet Deluge
DirectConnect Distributed Networking eAnt EarthStation 5 EasyTracker
Edonkey EDonkey network Emscher P2P EMule eMule
eMule MorphXT eMule Plus Epicea eTomi eXeem
eXeem Lite ExoSee Fast Network P2P FastTrack FileCroc
FilePipe FileScope Filetopia Flash! Torrent FlixFlux
Foxy (P2P) Free Net Speeder Free Net Speeder Lite FreeCast Freenet
FrostWire fulDC Fusteeno G3 Torrent GiFT
Gimme P2P Gloster Gluz GnucDNA GNucleus
GNUnet Gnutella Gnutella2 Grid casting Grokster
Gtk-gnutella Halite Hornet Hydranode i2Hub
I2P i2Phex I2Phex – Gnutella over I2P IFolder iMesh
Imesh Light iMule JavaShare JetiANts JMule
JNapster Jubster Kad network Kazaa Kazaa Ghost
KaZaA Lite K++ Kazaa Lite Resurrection KCeasy Kdrive Key-based routing
Kiwi Alpha KMLDonkey Kommute Kontiki Koorde
Ktorrent Lan2P Libtorrent LimeWire LinuxDC++
Lopster LPhant LPhant Plus Mammoth Manolito
Marabunta MasterMax MFC-Mute MLDonkey Mnet
MonoTorrent MoodAmp MooPolice Morpheus MorphXT
MP3Rocket Musicom MUTE MyNapster MyTunes
NapMX NapShare Napster NeoEdge Networks NeoNapster
NetShare Network Magic Nicotine Nodezilla Nova P2P
Nova Torrent Orbit Downloader OFF System One MX Open Media Network
OpenFT OpenNap Opentracker Osiris Osprey OpenNap Client
OurTunes Overnet P2P Muzic P2P-Next P2PStorm Client
P2PTV Pando PeerCast Peersites PeerTracker
PeerWeb Perfect Dark Phex Phosphor Piolet
Poisoned PowerFolder PPStream Proxyshare QQLive
Rapid Finder Razorback2 RetroShare RevConnect Rodi
RShare rtorrent Ruckus Rufus SababaDC
Scour Seedbox ShakesPeer Share Shareaza
Shareaza Plus Sharelin ShareNow Sigster Sneakernet
SocksCap SolarSeek Soribada Soulseek Speedy P2P
StealthNet StegoShare StrongDC StrongDC++ SUMI Anonymous
Super-seeding tamiltorrents TED Tesla The Circle
Torrent Searcher Torrent Swapper torrentflux TorrentFreak TorrenTopia
TorrentSpy TorrentStorm TorrentVolve Tracker scrape Tribler
TrustyFiles Turbo Torrent TurboBT Turtle F2F uTorrent
Valknut VeryCD Vuze Warez P2P WASTE
WinLop WinMX Winny WinZO Wirehog
XBT Client XBT Tracker XDCC-Fetch Xeem Xfactor
XMule Xnap XoloX Xtreme Mod Yet ABC
YourBittorrent Zeus ZipTorrent zK++ Zultrax


To remove the P2P program:

1. Click Start > Control Panel.
2. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
3. In Add or Remove Programs, highlight the  program that you want to remove, click Remove.
4. Close the Add or Remove Programs and the Control Panel windows.
5. Using Windows Explorer (Windows key+e), search for the folder. If the program folder is still there, select/highlight . DELETE it. (File > Delete.) If Windows is not installed on the C drive, replace C:\ with the appropriate drive letter.
6. Close Windows Explorer.

Please refer to these articles for more information:

If you use P2P programs, you will probably get infected.

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