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Is it possible to download a virus with FrostWire?

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FrostWire does not keep any record of files being shared on the BitTorrent network, nor does it scan any files being uploaded or downloaded for viruses. Therefore, if you attempt to download a virus-infected file using FrostWire, you will be vulnerable to any viruses contained in that file.

Generally speaking, you should be very careful when downloading files with a .exe or .vbs suffix, since these files are more likely than most to be viruses. FrostWire's Library will also not launch these files, so you can only run a file with a virus from outside FrostWire. (FrostWire's Library will not launch exe, vbs, lnk, bat, sys, or com files). When you are downloading files form cloud sources, you are less likely to be exposed to a potentially infected file. Nonetheless, just like when using a web browser, every time you download a file from the internet you should be careful and inspect the file origin, file extension and file size to see if the parameters are what you would expect.

If uncertain, always run your antivirus software and keep it updated, especially if you are on a Windows computer. You may get viruses from emails, websites, usb sticks and any other software that connects to other computers. Scanning the files you download from anywhere with some sort of virus-protection software is always a good idea.

It is important to state that you are no more or no less likely to download an infected file from the BitTorrent network with FrostWire than with any other BitTorrent client. They all talk to a whole network of computers just like yours and some users may be sharing malicious files, intentionally or unintentionally, it's up to you to be protected.
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    Jodie Bluck

    Why is it that i can't find songs on frostwire??

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    Jodie Bluck

    Why is it that i can't find songs on frostwire??

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