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How To Know If Your Song Contains A Virus

Finding a secure download can be really hard these days. Although there are plenty of sites that offer free download, sometimes there are many traps that can lead to downloading a virus. A virus on your computer can make severe damage, so it’s better to be very careful. If you’re not ready to pay for a song, but you still want to get it, here are a few tips that can help you discover if the song contains a virus.

It’s crucial to check the size of the file before you download anything. When it comes to music download, the most common file type is MP3. Most MP3 files range from 2MB to 5MB. If the file is less than 250KB, then it’s probably a hidden text file (most viruses are transmitted through maliciously coded text files). On the other hand, if your file is much bigger than the typical 5MB, it may carry a hidden virus within itself.

How To Avoid Buying The Same Song Twice

Music downloads became popular years ago, and many (il)legal channels for downloading music appeared. Also, in today’s world, people tend to listen to music on different devices – on their computers, their lap tops, their phones, music players etc. With all these devices it’s completely normal to have duplicate songs. But, what happens when you buy music and then you realize you’ve bought the same song twice? How to avoid this?

Of course, the simplest thing you can do is check all your devices before actually buying a song. If you’re not sure if you have downloaded that specific song, check the music library on your phone, computer etc. This is a simple thing to do when you have one or two devices. But, what if you have three or more? The best thing is to try to keep all your devices synchronized. If you already don’t have a built-in option for synchronization, you can download numerous software solutions that allow you to do this.

Besides this, many sites for buying music (iTunes, for example) have an option that allows you to check whether you’ve downloaded a song or not. Try to stick to websites like this, especially when you download lots of music.

How To Avoid Downloading A Virus

Downloading stuff from the Internet is something we all do at least once a day, let alone more often. However, with every download there is a possibility that our computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone is being infected with a virus. There are ways around that, just as there are ways of minimizing the risk of ever infecting your device. The following are just a few simple tips designed to help you with that.

Pay attention to fake download/play buttons
Usually these are targeted on torrent sites or anything with a download keyword on it, so users are fooled into clicking it and downloading something completely unrelated. It’s a dirty trick, and the only way to defeat them is to be careful and think twice before hitting the download button. It helps if you already know the site in question, because you should be able to realize the location of the download button has changed.

Stay away from Internet Explorer

In every hacking convention so far, Internet Explorer has always been the first to fall. It has been claimed that a fresh install of XP with IE6 will be infected within minutes of browsing the Internet. While the latest IE9 may have toughened up a little, the fact is that IE is specifically targeted by hackers on a daily basis, precisely because the number of people who don’t even consider switching browsers makes it a profitable target.

Create a non-admin account for general use and family members

If you allow yourself and members of your family to use the administration account, you are asking for trouble. Creating limited privileges user account protects you somewhat by preventing anything run by that user (malicious or not) from doing any permanent damage.

Last.FM – A Good Alternative To Music Downloads

Downloading music from the Internet is awesome in that it allows people to have their own private music libraries in their computers, smartphones and MP3s. However, one of the downsides of the aforementioned media is that sometimes they just don’t possess enough memory space to allow you to have all the music you need at a certain point. That’s why there are many alternatives out there, and Last.FM is one of the best ones.

Last.FM’s music library contains well over 12 million individual audio tracks from artists on all the major commercial and independent labels. Users are provided a tool to add music to which they own the rights to Last.FM’s library. Commercially available albums are regularly added by Last.FM staff. The music catalogue includes a wide variety of genres including popular music, classical, opera and musicals, as well as many little known and specialist recordings which are no longer generally available.

However, for licensing and other reasons, there are significant gaps in Last. FM’s music catalogue and tracks that used to be available can disappear. For example, as of 2012, most songs by The Beatles, the Pet Shop Boys and Madonna, among others, were unavailable for streaming. Most recent releases are also not always added immediately.

Tips For Music (And Film) Downloads

Download of free music and movie files from P2P networks remains a very popular activity of Internet users in schools or homes. However, you will likely encounter some technical difficulties when attempting P2P music (or movie) downloads to your personal computer. Follow the tips below to solve these networking problems and download free music more efficiently.

1. Choose a good P2P network download client

Several popular P2P file download programs exist. These free programs vary in their ease of use, selection of files and music/movie search capability. Each P2P client works only with certain P2P networks. These networks also vary in speed and reliability. Choose your P2P network and music download client software very, very carefully.

2. Adjust P2P client settings to maximize download performance

Each free P2P client provides network configuration settings for music downloads. Feel free to experiment with these settings for maximum efficiency of music downloads. Assigning the P2P program too many computer and network resources may lead to program crashes and system instability. Not providing the P2P program enough resources can slow music downloads considerably.

3. Update personal firewall settings to allow P2P downloads

Configure your personal firewall to allow P2P downloads. P2P clients utilize certain network resources called port numbers. These ports must be opened or forwarded (or the firewall turned off) to enable free download of incoming music and movie files.

4. Tweak a computer’s general Internet performance

Some computers, especially older ones, do not utilize their internet connection as well as they could. Applying some simple network speed tweaks can increase the overall network performance of a computer, that will also benefit P2P download performance.

5. Minimize network activity unrelated to P2P downloads

If a person attempts to surf the Web, listen to an Internet radio station, and download free P2P music and movies at the same time, one can quickly overload even a high-speed broadband Internet connection. When engaged in P2P download activity, limit the amount of unrelated network traffic you generate.

6. Carefully manage any applications bundled with P2P clients

Some free P2P client downloads contain bundled software applications that silently consume network resources. These are often lesser-known as “adware” and “spyware” programs that produce advertising banners. Bundled P2P applications take away network bandwidth from a free music download.