I too used to use p2p file sharing programs like KaZaA and the hassles I had with trojans, spyware & viruses made me NEVER want to go back. I had to perform an XP repair as I couldn't get online anymore as Malware must have altered my internet settings.
Since doing this, however, while browsing these forums I noticed that VoG posted a link to a Winsock 'fix'. If I had known this beforehand it would have saved me repairing XP. Oh well we live and learn! Finally since giving up P2P around a year ago I have had NO major problems with my PC and I would never go back!
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Turn all your security settings down to minimum and you will be able to connect, true all the baddies will get in as well but as you have already tried connecting by switching of your firewall that doesn't seem important.
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