Is Kazaa being greedy?

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    Is Kazaa being greedy?

    I have two hard drives, my C: drive which up until recently had about 500 Mb of space and a D: drive which I just bought and installed that has loads of space.

    I recently got broadband and downloaded Kazaa in order to fill my second hard drive with entertaining junk. I have Kazaa installed on my C: drive but set up to download everything to a folder on my D: drive (my shared folder) and I will happily go out for the day leaving it to download. However my C: drive is now full. I have tried getting rid of some things that I no longer use from my C: drive to make space, only to find that it just fills up again!! Is Kazaa cunningly loading up my C: drive with stuff on the sly? If so how can I stop it or where does it go so that I can periodically get rid of it?

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    Have you found out which files are new and to which program they belong ?
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    Well I ran a search on files created in the last couple of days and I found two files with a cumulative size of approximately 350 MB. They are in the C://Windows/Temp folder. I am not sure how to tell which application they are associated with and the filename is ambiguos (tmp000004d0). Could it be dumping huge files of data in this directory?

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    Kazaa hijacks your computer. Search the board or google for more info, or look here. The filename is odd, though. One answer
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    You will have to put Kazaa on your D drive probably cos it downloads files to the drive it's installed on (temporarily) and then copies the completed file over to where ever you specified the files to go initialy.

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    We had a similar thread not too long ago.

    >Is Kazaa cunningly loading up my C: drive with stuff on the sly?

    While I'm not in position to say exactly what it happening, read the following statement from BDEs annual report & draw your own conclusion.

    See also : http://www.imilly.com/kazaa.htm

    "Millions of computers are logged onto the Internet at any given time, each with excess processing power, excess storage capacity and unused bandwidth. Through Altnet, we intend to create a private peer-to-peer network to enable our clients to access and utilize this excess processing power, storage capacity and unused bandwidth for multiple applications. [...] To develop the Altnet private peer-to-peer network, each computer that comprises the network must be equipped with a software program. To distribute the program, we bundled it in a package, that we call ALTNET SECUREINSTALL, with our Digital Projector. Pursuant to an agreement with Sharman Networks, SecureInstall, along with the Digital Projector, is being downloaded as part of Sharman Networks KaZaA Media Desktop, which has consistently been averaging in excess of two million downloads per week since we began bundling our software in the fall, 2001. [...] Our longer-term goal is for Altnet, through multiple client relationships, to be the next advancement in distributed bandwidth, storage and computing. Currently, distributed storage and computing companies, such as Akamai, operate [...] by delivering the Web content and applications of their customers [...] to a server geographically closer to end users. Altnet intends to go the next step, which is directly to the end user in a private, peer-to-peer network. [...] We intend to market Altnet's peer-to-peer services in three main areas: Network Services, Distributed Storage and Distributed Processing. NETWORK SERVICES - Altnet's Network Services will be marketed as money saving, enterprise solutions to companies that spend significant amounts on Internet bandwidth and infrastructure for the following applications: File downloads from web sites or servers; Content distribution, including "push" (where content such as music, movies, news, sports or weather, is automatically "pushed" to the user) and cached on their PC; Ad serving; Content backup; and Video messaging/conferencing. DISTRIBUTED STORAGE - [...] By leveraging the excess storage capacity on the Altnet network, we believe, in certain storage market segments, Altnet can generate significant storage cost savings for its clients, a portion of which may be earned by Altnet as consideration for its services. DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING - [...] After the tasks are processed via individual computers, the data is transmitted back to a central server, which assembles the results. Altnet's Distributed Processing services will be marketed to companies currently in the high performance computing field, as well as the performance testing/measurement areas. [...] Altnet intends to earn a portion of the cost savings realized by its customers as consideration for its Distributed Processing services. ALTNET'S COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE We believe that Altnet is well positioned to compete effectively with companies currently providing distributed computing services. The software necessary to operate Altnet's peer-to-peer network has been installed on tens of millions of computers worldwide, and additional computers are added with each successive download of the KaZaA Media Desktop, providing a competitive advantage over other P2P competitors that have not achieved similar success in mass distribution of their software application."
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    First off... remove Kazaa from you computer.

    Download 'The Cleaner' from www.moosoft.com to get rid of the BDE trojan that is bundled with it in case the uninstall doesn't get it.

    Download Kazaa lite http://www.kazaalite.com/ and install to the D drive (as suggested earlier). Run The Cleaner again.

    Finally, good luck.
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    yeah i use Kazaa lite all the time. Kazaa just does **** to annoy you.
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    I'm guessing KazzaLight doesn't have ad's/spyware etc. ?

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    Originally posted by Diamonds
    I'm guessing KazzaLight doesn't have ad's/spyware etc. ?
    Spyware is still there. Argued it, proved it, quit explaining it. Its not as much there, but its certainly still there.

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    are there any safe p2p things out there? i doubt it but i need the mp3s! lol
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    Originally posted by Ride -or- Die
    Spyware is still there. Argued it, proved it, quit explaining it. Its not as much there, but its certainly still there.
    Hence the moosoft link...
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    so wait,

    basically, if you get kazaalite and then run the moo-soft, you'll have the use of kazaa w/o the spyware?

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    For the most part... yes.

    Kazaa-lite is a slimmed down software app that was written to work with Kazaa... sort of a hacked version I guess you could call it.

    It operates well... and takes out all of the advertisements and popups.

    The main problem with both products is Kazaa's inherent trojan that they utilize for updates/upgrades.

    I am not going into it again... this is so old news that I announced it back on 5-29 and I was a bit behind the times even then... since the trojan release occured in March of this year.

    Read all you want from my last post on the subject and by following the links I provided before.

    Kazaa supplied trojan? Yes!
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    > are there any safe p2p things out there? i doubt it but i need the mp3s! lol
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