hopes to show you, why to avoid the underground of the Internet. You may
have heard of serialz (serials or serial numbers), crackz (cracks or
software crackz), warez (wares or war-ez (illegal software)), hackz
(hacks), viruses and other key words used by these places. People involved
in such trades call themselves pirates or hackers.
temptation of getting something for free can be great, but remember it is
theft, and most of the time you are leaving yourself open to attack by
those who participate in the trade.
form of file sharing used mainly to distribute large files, like movies,
TV shows, full albums, and software.
client is an application used for downloading torrents -- specific files
or directories shared by Internet users. This client alone cannot be used
for sharing your own files. It's intended for opening and downloading so
called .torrent files.
form of file sharing is used widely, yet still remains underground, unlike
the likes of kazza and bearshare.
of using this as it will steal your bandwidth, as you download people will
upload from you at the same time. You may also find that the files are
infected with viruses or hacks to allow ruthless individuals access to
to round up, remember you are stealing if you download commercial
programs, movies, music or software. You may also find yourself getting
stole from if you install a backdoor virus, or with serious infections on
your computer. So avoid, and a big thumbs down from us....
Key’s and Serial Numbers (SERIALZ)
illegal to give away or let other people use your CD Key. In a lot of
cases this is your proof of ownership and by sharing it you are promoting
could also find that using keys that are found on crackz or serialz sites
could end you in trouble. A lot of software will send information to the
owner, including your IP address which leads straight to your door step.
Be warned, if you loose the Product Key you may have to buy a new one, so
keep it safe and keep it away from prying eyes.
and Pirated Software (WAREZ)
Software (or warez) is full price software which you can download and buy
without paying the owner/s any money. You are using their product, which
they spent many weeks/years creating without handing the money over. So by
using it you are stealing.
This is also one of the most common ways to get a computer virus and also
contributes to higher prices, lower quality and can put your favourite
software house at risk. You will get no support for the software, find it
difficult using games online, downloading patches and getting updates.
not purchase software from a non reputable dealer in auction sites or
warez sites, as you may find it is copied. You may also find that your
credit card number may fall into the wrong hands.
of these people you may deal with are ruthless and would use such
opportunities to hack into your system by installing a backdoor virus
along with the warez that you illegally got, or you may find that they
simply install a nasty virus which will give you no end of problems.
our advice is to avoid at all costs..........
the illegal way of bypassing software protections, evaluation codes, time
limitations, and or shareware barriers.
A crack is
basically a small program which installs or replaces files that are
installed and lets you use software illegally.
programs tend to be small, you can just as easily download a virus and
install it. Stay away from these sites as you will find that in a short
period of time your computer will be riddled with porn dialers and other
also find that using software that you didn't pay for will put programmers
or companies at risk, these people don't create for fun, but to make a
living. So our advice, stay away, support programmers and buy your software.
Are MP3s Legal? MP3s are both legal and illegal. It is
legal when the song's copyright holder has granted permission to download
and play the song. However it is illegal to distribute or trade MP3s
without permission from the song's copyright holder. So downloading a song
from the internet without the permission of the copyright owner, is
completely illegal. The record industry at present is coming down hard on
file sharers and traders by taking individuals to court, blaming a
downturn on record sales on file sharing on the web.
On a personal thought though, I believe the downturn is
more due to the amount of crap music now being created. Unfortunately
though this does not make downloading any less illegal. No matter if the
songs are crap or not, downloading and uploading copyrighted songs or
music is completely illegal and could end up with a spell in court, and a
hefty fine even know the users that tend to download buy 5 times more CD's
than those that don't.
On a brighter note though sites like www.mp3.com
and http://www.vitaminic.com allow
the sharing of MP3's from less heard of artists, who want you to download
their MP3's. There are some great original acts here, so check them
is a computer virus ? "A parasitic program written
intentionally to enter a computer without the users permission or
knowledge. The word parasite is used because a virus attaches to files or
boot sectors and replicates itself, thus continuing to spread. Though some
virus's do little but replicate others can cause serious damage or effect
program and system performance. A virus should never be assumed harmless
and left on a system." -Symantec
written by rogue programmers for reasons only known to themselves, they
cause millions, if not billions of dollars in damage to computers and
businesses every year, don't underestimate them, and never allow a virus
to reside on your computer, as your own security privacy and performance
can and will be effected.
This is one
of the darker sides of the internet, which can and more than likely will
effect all of us at some stage is our computer using lifetime. Protection
is important and using firewalls and anti-virus programs go along way to
defeating them. (If kept up to date)
are another serious threat, never listen to someone who says you have a
virus, and tells you to delete certain files. More than likely these files
are important to your computer and are not infected at all. Many emails
rotate with these Hoaxes, if you get one even from a friend, do a virus
check, with an up to date virus scanner ( or online here Online
Check and Removal
following is an example of a hoax (actually I think this one was a joke,
but you'll get the idea)
The Irish Virus is a hoax and it should be
Greetings, You have just received the "IRISH VIRUS". As we don't
have any programming experience, this Virus works on the honour system.
Please delete all the files on your hard drive manually and forward this
Virus to everyone on your mailing list. Thank you for your cooperation.
Viruses Suck and so say all of us.......