protect pc when using p2p like utorrent

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  1. carlo_scute

    carlo_scute Registered Member

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    Good day to all moderators,members,fellows

    It's my first post,and i'm a newbie

    My question is about pc protection.I'll be getting my dsl connection
    within the next few weeks.I
    'm interested in p2p to get "personal downloads"

    i know most forums and experts disagree in this type of downloads,but it's my own preference or choice that is.i'm intersted in utorrent,limewire and mirc to get music and movies,

    my main question is: how to protect my pc in the best way possible against bad things like malware:viruses,spyware,hackers if possible.

    my future setup is a simple pc to modem connection using download speed of up to 384kbps from a local tel.co.(entry level)

    i heard of peer guardian from this forum-does that help?
    and how do you use it..,with the p2p software i mentioned.
    thanks for your patience.
     
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    lucas1985 Retired Moderator

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    P2P safety
     
  3. argus tuft

    argus tuft Registered Member

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    I'm certainly no expert, but PG is really easy. Set it to run with windows, tell it to look for updates every other day and forget about it! It works by filtering out known 'bad' addresses, anti p2p orgs, spyware vendors etc. If you set it to block http (which methlabs -makers of pg2- recommend) and you find a site you like is blocked you can either allow http while your browsing that particular site, or make an allow for 15 minutes, 1 hour, or permanently for that particular ip. You can set the icon to blink whenever an http address is blocked, so that you know when it's happening.
    Perhaps I've been extraordinarily lucky, but I've never gotten an infection thru p2p, i only use torrents though. personally, I keep my torrent d/loads on a separate HD from windows, prog files etc. and always but always scan everything before using it. probably not necessary, but i also told windows to show known file extensions, just in case there's something dodgy there, for instance coolsong.mp3.exe...
     
  4. carlo_scute

    carlo_scute Registered Member

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    thanks! any other help?
     
  5. Monkey_Feces

    Monkey_Feces Registered Member

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    You could use sandboxie to install questionable apps and run sanboxed readers and players. Personally, I would never run a downloaded p2p exe. Sure you might save $50 on a pc game, but I sleep well knowing that my credit card and privacy are ensured.
     
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