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Maldonado136
03-18-2009, 11:33 PM
Well if youre like me then you have suffered many headaches because of a crappy computer. So this is a thread where you can talk about the best free programs to improve the way your computer runs. One that comes to mind right away is mozilla firefox. Most of you guys probably already have this but if you dont it's probably the best internet browser you can have. Another great program to have is CCleaner. It cleans up all the junk files in your pc and can greatly improve its performance. The last time I used it it cleared around 800 MB of space and my computer is a lot faster because of it. So if anyone wants to add programs that they think are awesome then feel free. Ill put the links to CCleaner and Firefox below.

http://www.ccleaner.com

http://www.firefox.com

Maldonado136
03-18-2009, 11:37 PM
I must also add that if youre interested in downloading a program but you dont fully understand how it works then go to youtube and look up tutorials of that program. another reason why youtube rules lol. here is one for CCleaner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_s9d1tb3yM&feature=related

Chuck
03-19-2009, 04:58 AM
I really enjoy the free anti-virus program by AVG. I use it and CCleaner both.

http://free.avg.com/homepage-appf8

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 05:05 AM
I really enjoy the free anti-virus program by AVG. I use it and CCleaner both.

http://free.avg.com/homepage-appf8
avg is great, I haven't use ccleaner though, I use scan spyware and ad-aware for spyware

NateR
03-19-2009, 05:29 AM
Limewire :ninja:

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 05:57 AM
Limewire :ninja:
full of spam and spyware, frostwire is better...If you are looking up porn on the internet at least use better software:tongue0011: :wink: :laugh:



















joking joking, please don't ban me:)

County Mike
03-19-2009, 11:31 AM
full of spam and spyware, frostwire is better...If you are looking up porn on the internet at least use better software:tongue0011: :wink: :laugh:
joking joking, please don't ban me:)

Frostwire eh? Thanks for the tip.

Spiritwalker
03-19-2009, 03:47 PM
Limewire :ninja:


I figured you would have moved on to torrents Nate.

NateR
03-19-2009, 04:11 PM
I figured you would have moved on to torrents Nate.

My internet connection is too slow for that.

Chuck
03-19-2009, 05:18 PM
I figured you would have moved on to torrents Nate.

I still don't get the torrent thing!

Too confusing....

Bring back the old Napster I say!!

J.B.
03-19-2009, 05:29 PM
Torrent links are actually much better than P2P. It's much easier to find legit files and also a LOT faster than P2P because you are actually getting the file from multiple users rather than just one.

Moose
03-19-2009, 05:30 PM
Torrent links are actually much better than P2P. It's much easier to find legit files and also a LOT faster than P2P because you are actually getting the file from multiple users rather than just one.

What are the risks associated with torrents?

J.B.
03-19-2009, 05:37 PM
What are the risks associated with torrents?

The same as downloading any other file over the internet. Viruses, spyware, all that good stuff.

However, bogus files are usually pretty easy to spot depending on what it is you are downloading. There are different things to look for depending on what type of file it is. For instance, a typical 10-15 song album in MP3 format should be between 65 and 100 MB. A typical movie rip in CAM quality is about 700 MB. Software is a bit trickier.

Also, depending on the site you are using to get your torrents, you will almost ALWAYS see comments from other users about the torrent. Those are good to use when gauging the validity of whatever it is you are looking for. Also just looking at the number of seeds of a certain file is a good way to tell if people are downloading it. A popular torrent may have a couple thousand seeds, and if that file was bogus it most likely would not have that many people leeching the file, but that rule does not ALWAYS apply.

Moose
03-19-2009, 05:38 PM
The same as downloading any other file over the internet. Viruses, spyware, all that good stuff.

However, bogus files are usually pretty easy to spot depending on what it is you are downloading. There are different things to look for depending on what type of file it is. For instance, a typical 10-15 song album in MP3 format should be between 65 and 100 MB. A typical movie rip in CAM quality is about 700 MB. Software is a bit trickier.

Also, depending on the site you are using to get your torrents, you will almost ALWAYS see comments from other users about the torrent. Those are good to use when gauging the validity of whatever it is you are looking for.

I might have to do that. :ninja:

J.B.
03-19-2009, 05:50 PM
I might have to do that. :ninja:

Check out these places

Bit Torrent - Where you download the application (its small and has no BS attached)
http://www.bittorrent.com/

Torrent Sites

http://www.mininova.org

http://thepiratebay.org

DISCLAIMER - Downloading copyrighted material that you do not have a legal right to posses is against the law. I do not condone such actions. :wink:

Chuck
03-19-2009, 06:00 PM
The same as downloading any other file over the internet. Viruses, spyware, all that good stuff.

However, bogus files are usually pretty easy to spot depending on what it is you are downloading. There are different things to look for depending on what type of file it is. For instance, a typical 10-15 song album in MP3 format should be between 65 and 100 MB. A typical movie rip in CAM quality is about 700 MB. Software is a bit trickier.

Also, depending on the site you are using to get your torrents, you will almost ALWAYS see comments from other users about the torrent. Those are good to use when gauging the validity of whatever it is you are looking for. Also just looking at the number of seeds of a certain file is a good way to tell if people are downloading it. A popular torrent may have a couple thousand seeds, and if that file was bogus it most likely would not have that many people leeching the file, but that rule does not ALWAYS apply.

Yeah THAT cleared up my confusion!! :punch:

:tongue0011:

J.B.
03-19-2009, 06:11 PM
Yeah THAT cleared up my confusion!! :punch:

:tongue0011:


:laugh:

What has you confused?

Bit Torrent is just an application that can read the "torrent" links. So, you download the Bit Torrent program, then you go to the websites that host "torrent links" and download them from there. The two sites I listed above are two of the most popular ones on the web. When you are looking at the different files you will notice two numbers, one is SEEDS and the other is LEECHERS. Seeds are simply the people who have downloaded the file and are still leaving the door open for others to download it from them. Leechers are the number of people currently downloading the file. The more total people there are, the faster the file will download.

When you click on the torrent link, your web browser will prompt you to "open or save" the file, to which you would want to OPEN it, and the default program to open it will automatically be the Bit Torrent program. Then the program opens up and it does the rest. You tell the program what folder to save the files in, and when they are done downloading you just open the folder you saved it in.

The only thing to know at that point is that once a file is done downloading, bit torrent will automatically keep seeding the file to web for other people to download. To stop it, you simply delete the torrent from the list inside the bit torrent program. It's actually VERY simple.

Chuck
03-19-2009, 06:13 PM
:laugh:

What has you confused?

Bit Torrent is just an application that can read the "torrent" links. So, you download the Bit Torrent program, then you go to the websites that host "torrent links" and download them from there. The two sites I listed above are two of the most popular ones on the web. When you are looking at the different files you will notice two numbers, one is SEEDS and the other is LEECHERS. Seeds are simply the people who have downloaded the file are still leaving the door open for others to download it from them. Leechers are the number of people currently downloading the file. The more total people there are, the faster the file will download.

When you click on the torrent link, your web browser will prompt you to "open or save" the file, to which you would want to OPEN it, and the default program to open it will automatically be the Bit Torrent program. Then the program opens up and it does the rest. You tell the program what folder to save the files in, and when they are done downloading you just open the folder you saved it in.

The only thing to know at that point is that once a file is done downloading, bit torrent will automatically keep seeding the file to web for other people to download. To stop it, you simply delete the torrent from the list inside the bit torrent program. It's actually VERY simple.

think I could find Photoshop on there??? :D

J.B.
03-19-2009, 06:26 PM
think I could find Photoshop on there??? :D

Most definitely, you can find just about anything.

Like I said before though, software can be tricky. Downloading it is easy, but making it run usually takes some digital shenanigans similar to hot-wiring a car. If you need help, just PM me. :)

logrus
03-19-2009, 06:43 PM
Id be careful about downloading stuff off of torrent sites now. The internet companies do monitor everything you do. My advice is get some things then hide out for awhile then come back. The longer your string of downloads the more likely you are to be considered a bandwidth hog or a pirater.

As for downloading software thats the most dangerous thing you could do. There are always 1 legit copy amongst a thousand bogus copies filled with virus and everything else to kill your system.

Photoshop is probably the worst in regards to being loaded with viruses. Music and movies not so much.

J.B.
03-19-2009, 06:53 PM
Id be careful about downloading stuff off of torrent sites now. The internet companies do monitor everything you do. My advice is get some things then hide out for awhile then come back. The longer your string of downloads the more likely you are to be considered a bandwidth hog or a pirater.

As for downloading software thats the most dangerous thing you could do. There are always 1 legit copy amongst a thousand bogus copies filled with virus and everything else to kill your system.

Photoshop is probably the worst in regards to being loaded with viruses. Music and movies not so much.

You are still much better off using Bit Torrent than you are using software like Limewire which bogs down your PC with it's own adware for it to even run. Although you are right about ISP's monitoring activity. It's not illegal to use bit torrent, it's illegal to download copyrighted material that you do not have a legal right to. The people who are getting singled out are the same people responsible for ISP's starting to put monthly limits on bandwidth.

Like anything in life, if you are a glutton about it, you are gonna run into problems.

Downloading software IS dicey, and you should really know what you are looking for. However, once you get used to looking for the red flags, finding good files is very easy.

logrus
03-19-2009, 09:07 PM
You are still much better off using Bit Torrent than you are using software like Limewire which bogs down your PC with it's own adware for it to even run. Although you are right about ISP's monitoring activity. It's not illegal to use bit torrent, it's illegal to download copyrighted material that you do not have a legal right to. The people who are getting singled out are the same people responsible for ISP's starting to put monthly limits on bandwidth.

Like anything in life, if you are a glutton about it, you are gonna run into problems.

Downloading software IS dicey, and you should really know what you are looking for. However, once you get used to looking for the red flags, finding good files is very easy.

LOL I didn't say anything about which is better, and yes bit torrent is the better way to do file transfers. Limewire was good back in the day along with Kazaa, that was until they started to stick 3rd party spyware on their programs.

I still find it hard to find a decent working program from time to time. Even when its from a popular uploader or the program has been downloaded a million times. Its still a bad file or one with malicious programs on it.

Which reminds me I need to locate a working Vegas Pro..

VCURamFan
03-21-2009, 04:18 AM
Here's a way to think of torrent vs. P2P:

Let's say you miss a UFC PPV & want to download it so you can watch it. You have two options: your one friend, Paul Prince, II (see what I did there? :Whistle:), says "Hey, I've got the whole thing, here's the link. It should take you about 2hrs to download it." Your other friend, Torry (aren't I clever!!), says "Well, I've only got fights 1, 4 & 7, but Jim's got 2 & 6 and Rick's got 3 & 5. Here's the link to all of them & it should only take you about an hour since you're able to download from all of us at the same time."

Get it now?

atomdanger
03-21-2009, 06:40 AM
Well if youre like me then you have suffered many headaches because of a crappy computer. So this is a thread where you can talk about the best free programs to improve the way your computer runs. One that comes to mind right away is mozilla firefox. Most of you guys probably already have this but if you dont it's probably the best internet browser you can have. Another great program to have is CCleaner. It cleans up all the junk files in your pc and can greatly improve its performance. The last time I used it it cleared around 800 MB of space and my computer is a lot faster because of it. So if anyone wants to add programs that they think are awesome then feel free. Ill put the links to CCleaner and Firefox below.

http://www.ccleaner.com

http://www.firefox.com



Well done, CC cleaner is GREAT, esp for wiping over empty hard drive space.
Firefox is also a must.