What should I know about Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File-sharing Software

P2P file sharing software applications often install Spyware and/or viruses onto your PC when you sign up for their service. Another reason to be cautious of P2P is that the files you may be swapping and sharing (photos, music, videos or games) often contain Spyware and/or viruses.

Many P2P file sharing software applications are set to share files without your knowledge.  This can lead to slowness issues, as well as put you at risk for Copyright Infringements.

How to Disable your Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File-sharing Software

Below are basic steps for disabling some of the most popular P2P file sharing software applications.  

 Software  Instructions

Aimsters: (Madster)
For Windows computers

  1. Settings
  2. Click the Transfers Tab
  3. Set Max Aimster Uploads to 0
  4. Click OK

Aimster: (Madster)
For Apple/Macintosh computers

  1. Select the Shared Folders tab
  2. Select any items visible in the Folder Path area and click Remove
  3. Exit
 

Bearshare

  1. Choose Setup menu
  2. Click Sharing
  3. Click the Sharing Tab
  4. Choose all items below where it states Share the Files in these directories and the sub-directories
  5. Click Remove
  6. Click OK

 Gnutella

  1. Choose Setup
  2. Click on the Shared Files
  3. Remove all folders from the Shared File menu
  4. Uncheck Allow Incoming Connections
  5. Click OK

 Gnucleus

  1. Select Preferences under the Edit menu
  2. Click Share
  3. If any items exist under Shared Directories, select them
  4. Click Remove
  5. Click OK
 

Grokster

  1. Select Options under the Tools menu
  2. Click the Traffic tab
  3. Under Bandwidth, set the maximum number of simultaneous uploads to 0
  4. Select the Disable sharing of files with other Grokster members check box
  5. Click OK

 IMesh

  1. Select Options under the Preferences tab
  2. Click Share under Category
  3. If checked, remove the check in the Allow other users to view my shared files check box
  4. Click OK
  5. Click the Media Manager tab in the iMesh main window. In the directory there will be gray boxes next to drives indicating that there is a shared subfolder within the drive or folder listed.
  6. Expand each drive until you find subfolders that are checked
  7. Unselect all checks

 KaZaA

  1. Select Options under the Tools menu
  2. Click the Traffic tab
  3. Under Limits, set the maximum number of simultaneous uploads to 0
  4. Select the Disable sharing of files with other KaZaA members check box
  5. Click the Advanced tab
  6. Select Do not function as a SuperNode
  7. Click OK

 Limewire

  1. Select Options under the Tools tab
  2. Click Sharing
  3. Select all items under the Shared Directories
  4. Click Remove
  5. Clear the Extensions box under Shared Extensions
  6. Click Uploads
  7. Set Max Upload Slots to 0
  8. Move the Upload Bandwidth slider to 0%
  9. Click OK
  10. The System Tray dialog box will appear
  11. Select No, close the program and abort file transfers
    12. Click OK

 Mactella

  1. Clear the Enable sharing check box
  2. Point to Preferences under the Edit menu
  3. Click Connection
  4. Under Bandwidth Use, move the Uploads slider all the way to the left
  5. Click More Settings
  6. Under Push Packets, click Routed
  7. Click OK
  8. Point to Preference under the Edit menu
  9. Click Transfer
  10. Select the Queue Downloads check box
  11. Click OK

Morpheus

  1. Select Options under the Tools menu
  2. Click the Traffic Tab
  3. Under Bandwidth, set the maximum number of simultaneous uploads to 0
  4. Select the Disable sharing of files with other Morpheus members check box
  5. Click the Advanced tab
  6. Select Do Not Function as a SuperNode
  7. Click OK

 SwapNut

  1. Select Options under the Tools menu
  2. Click the Sharing tab
  3. Clear the Extensions box under File Sharing
  4. Click the Shared Tab
  5. If any items exist under Shared Folders, select them
  6. Click Remove
  7. Click OK

 WinMX

  1. Click Shared Files
  2. If any items exist under File Path, select them
  3. Click Remove Path
  4. Select Share Settings under the Settings menu
  5. Clear the File Types to Share box
  6. Click OK