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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:46 pm

PCguy gave you a good rundown on torrents, but the short answer to your question is:

Forward the appropriate ports on your firewall/router to your PC.

For instance, for Azureus (my torrent client of choice):

Forward ports 6880-6881 TCP/UDP to 192.168.x.x (your machine's IP).

This allows your machine unrestricted inbound/outbound access to the torrent network and will greatly increase speed.

Many ISP's are now capping torrent traffic down to 100kbps or less, so if you see constantly slow speeds no matter what you try, your ISP may be throttling your p2p traffic.

When surfing p2p networks, use current antivirus and antispyware protection (I recommend Avast antivirus and SuperAntiSpyware) and scan every file before you open it. Also beware suspiciously small files.

www.torrentscan.com is a good place to find torrents.

Remember, the RIAA does watch for people downloading new music, movies, etc... I have three friends that have been caught downloading illegally. I highly recommend NOT DOING IT.
And if you're going to do it anyway, use Tor.... and/or Privoxy... or someone else's wifi :D

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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:02 pm

Or just pay $10 and get a RS account and download happily ever after for a month. :P

I seriously recommend doing it, I just go onto projectw, search for *feature length flicks*(cough*movies*cough) and ctrl C the links into flashget download manager. Over night i've downloaded over 33 *feature length flicks* which is about 210 files each 100mb, thats 21gb in under 6hours from an American website and i'm on a crappy ISP plan that half our country is on.
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Unread postAuthor: paaiyan » Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:58 pm

A good thing to do is see if your anti-virus program will allow you to set up a quarantine folder. downlaod everything into that folder so they can be scanned before anything activates.
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