Kazaa..A Warning. I learn't my lesson.

  Scouse 15:33 24 Mar 2003

I have recently removed the Kazaa P2P file sharing program from my system. I have been a long term user of P2P sharing and have never discouraged anyone from using these programs/packages.

In recent editions of PCA and other computer publications there have been various comments about the obvious copyright laws, music, films, videos etc. Another issue brought up was the ability for paedophiles to swap and share the material which appeals to them. Vulgar as it is, these people do exist.

My opinion was "If I don't search for it, I won't find it".

As a user just for the comedy clips, some music and an absolute monster collection of sport and motor images/clips, I was quite content in doing what I was doing.

Last week I clicked on a file called “Comedy-Young man falls, funny landing” and waited for the download. It was only a 1.1MB video clip and did not take long to download.

What I expected was maybe a bloke in the street, tripped by tear away kid and lands flat on his face.

What I got made me sick to the stomach. The young lad was not even old enough to be in secondary school and I am sure the rest of the clip title is enough to explain the rest. I refuse to type the activity within the clip.

Next was the paranoia. I have since formatted and reinstalled my whole system and still feel paranoid.

A lesson to all…..The title does not always describe the book.

P2P…………….NOT FOR ME!!!!


  woodchip 15:40 24 Mar 2003

I am not going to say it you have had to learn from your own experience

  Scouse 15:43 24 Mar 2003

Say it. I suppose I deserve it.

  woodchip 16:00 24 Mar 2003

What, "told you so"

  Ellie3009 16:05 24 Mar 2003

I used Bearshare to try and find a freeware spell and grammar checker for use with German.

What I ended up with, although it was named exactly as my search terms, was a dialer for what I can only assume was a German porn server. Needless to say, I didn't try it out!

I think that some of these things rename their files to whatever your search terms are, and then insert in brackets a random exclamation such as (AV checked) (Awesome!) (Please share me!) or (Full version) in order to make it look real.

And before anyone says it, yes I am aware of the virus dangers.

  Djohn 16:06 24 Mar 2003

Whatever the debate on P2P programs, it is something I do not use, but at the same time have never judged others on.

What I do believe however is, you do not deserve what you received. It was not your fault, but that of the sick mind, that put it there in the first place. Regards. J.

  woodchip 16:33 24 Mar 2003

And now for some helpfull advice, do the following
To remove follow these step's closely, go to start\find\files or folders type in the box Kazaa click enter key delete all the entry's it finds with Kazaa in it. Next go to start run type regedit and press enter, go to menu under edit click find in the box type Kazaa and press enter it will bring up only one entry at a time, press delete key then click ok to confirm to go to next entry press F3 and delete do this until you get to the end of the registry. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE IN THE REGISTRY other than Kazaa then reboot your computer. After you have done the above run it again and look for the video file and do the same

  Scouse 18:01 24 Mar 2003

Thanx for the comments guys and the housekeeping advice Woodchip.

What would please me now is for alot of the users in this Forum to actually read and digest this thread.

I was always ignorant to the potential pitfalls of P2P, obviously the Virus issue was always a regular talking point but this goes to a whole new level.

Take it from me, this is no JOKE. This was the most shocking thing I have ever seen and if people avoid P2P after reading this thread then some good has come from this.


  Ironman556 18:15 24 Mar 2003

If you've been using the full version of Kazaa, then you uninstall it, it'll leave loads of spyware & junk behind. Formatting will get rid of it, but if you don't want to format, at least get ad-aware (click here) and spybot (click here) and scan to remove all (or at least most of) the junk Kazaa leaves behind. There's some pretty nasty stuff in there which you agree to them installing when you agree to the legal stuff when installing.

  Scouse 18:51 24 Mar 2003

Just to let you know, I have just gone through the Registry as you suggested and obviously Kazaa had planted itself here there and everywhere!!

My backup CD's must have carried some details back to my HDD but all is well now. Thanx.


  Pilch.... 18:55 24 Mar 2003

Just had a thought, that perhap's, you should inform kazaa or the company that run this of this user. Also the other thing is that if you did report this, Kazaa may be able to trace the IP address from the username.

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