BearShare lets you search for, download, and share files with everyone on the global Gnutella peer-to-peer information network. This program works with MP3, MPEG, AVI, ASF, MOV, JPEG, GIF, and all other file types. It features full documentation (installed with the program), slick graphics, and a user interface that makes searching, downloading, and file sharing easy. It also features upload bandwidth controls, enhanced connection management, user-defined family filter controls, and improved downloading.
The program has a Community button, which instantly connects you through your browser to BearShare.Net, a thriving forum with information and resources to help you use the network.
Version 2.5 adds support for swarmed transfers from multiple sources. It also features file hashing, the ability to find more sources for file downloads, and auto-detection of firewall settings and IP addresses. Version 2.5.2 is a minor service release addressing various bugs.
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