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Viruses and Malware
Read the article that everyone's commenting on.
If you just download an MP3 file, there is no way you can get a virus. An mp3 file is a type of compression for music (and a file format). It cannot execute anything on your computer.
As I said in the article, it's not likely, but possible. There has been at least one reported virus in an mp3 file that targets a vulnerability in older versions of WinAmp.
Viruses spread through the P2P programs, and execute through vunerabilities and holes in them. They arent in the actual music files, but transferred through programs like morpheus, kazaa, etc.
Are the risks created by P2P programs limited to the computer running the program or are all computers on the same network (my home network for example) exposed?
It's *mostly* the computer the P2P program's been installed on, but I wouldn't rule out the others. Bottom line is that many of the P2P programs just can't be trusted.
The Winamp vulnerability had nothing to do with music files. The earlier versions of Winamp had a built in browser (much like Explorer), and that is where the vulnerability existed.
Well, what's a safe p2p program to use? Are there any out there? currently i use Limewire, and used to use kazaa, which i don't like at all.
what is the most safe MP3 downloading site/program available for use with MAC and an iPod?
-I've heard that the safest ones are the ones you have to pay for; is that true?-I've tried to find something as good and as safe as iTunes, but with a monthly fee instead of charging 99C a song.
Napster offers a subscription service for a monthly fee.
if in fact it does have a virus.... if i put it on my IPOD will it crash my IPOD... and does limewire itself carry any viruses ... where is the safest place to download it???
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