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Limewire taps AVG for virus free torrents

Pro users get their files scanned
Tue Mar 09 2010, 16:42

POPULAR P2P FILE SHARING SERVICE Limeware has enlisted the help of anti-virus outfit AVG to offer its Pro users with free file scanning.

If the likes of the MPAA and the RIAA are to be believed, the only people who use Bittorrent sites are so called 'pirates' scouring the underbelly of cyberspace trying to get hold of the latest movies and music for free, robbing poor defenceless artists of their livelihoods in the process.

With this in mind you might think that these downloaders deserve any form of malware their PCs get infected with in their pursuit of ill-gotten gains, but Limeware appears to disagree and has licensed the AVG Anti-Virus SDK engine and integrated the anti-virus and anti-spyware protection into LimeWire Pro.

This means that any file being downloaded by a premium LimeWire Pro user will get a 'Protected by AVG' label stuck onto it, indicating that the file has been safely scanned and cleaned.

Regardless of their legality, all such files will be scanned before LimeWire Pro will allow them to play or execute on an end user's computer, which prevents infected files from harming machines.

Users of the free version of Limewire will still have to take their chances. µ


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