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FrostWire

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Editor's Note: FrostWire is bundled with Ask.com toolbar. Installation of these component is optional.

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FrostWire is a fork of the LimeWire source code, and as such, it functions exactly the same. When you search for a file using FrostWire, you get results from LimeWire, and vice versa.

However, the user experience differs in two ways. One is that the code is actually based on LimeWire Pro, the paid version of the popular P2P client, so users don't have to worry about simultaneous download restrictions, and they won't get bombarded by ads. Also, befitting the name, the interface has changed from green to blue and has been slightly improved. Tabs have rounded corners, and there are two additions, as well. Connections monitors your outgoing and incoming connections by host name, but also provides bandwidth information, the vendor and version being used, and more. There's also a built-in community chat.

When we tested it, the built-in media player in FrostWire didn't work with MP3s or MPGs, although those files worked fine in LimeWire and elsewhere. The app also comes bundled with the ASK toolbar, but you can opt out of that during the installation process. While some people have experienced faster download times with FrostWire compared with its parent, others have not. FrostWire and LimeWire are practically indistinguishable, although the lack of ads is a big plus.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 1,296 votes

    • 5 star: 399
    • 4 star: 402
    • 3 star: 147
    • 2 star: 76
    • 1 star: 272
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 15
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  • 5.0 stars

    "i really like every thing about it"

    September 15, 2009  |   By DEATH-TRAP

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothing at all

    Summary

    really love this soft ware

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  • 4.0 stars

    "not bad, pay attention"

    August 2, 2009  |   By Fooman2008

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    People have complained about invalid file types and viruses a little common sense will prevent most of that if it doesn't have a bps rating it is garbage, if it is 4.3 megs for an mp3 it is garbage, pay attention and it is not bad.
    Foo

    Cons

    you need to pay attention to what you are downloading

    Summary

    make sure you use your virus protection and pay attention to what you are downloading will prevent the vast majority of the problems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FULL OF VIRUSES."

    August 2, 2009  |   By mickcryer

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    IT'S QUICK FOR SINGLE MUSIC TRACKS. BUT YOU HAVE TO TRY TRACK AFTER TRACK TO FIND ONE WITHOUT A VIRUS.

    Cons

    ITS FULL OF A LOT OF CRAP AND BAD DOWNLOADS.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's great."

    July 27, 2009  |   By nanapixie

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    I can download a song at a moment's notice.

    Cons

    Can't find any cons at this time.

    Summary

    I like the availability and the access of downloading music when I think of a song I would like to have. 95% of the time there's no waiting for a source and I've got my song in seconds!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "if you use frost wire run a virus scan.. got 3 viruses"

    July 27, 2009  |   By les856

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    works ok
    finds a lo of music

    Cons

    don't like the virus you get along with the music

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice work I now have some really great music"

    July 20, 2009  |   By briand01

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    Love the program

    Cons

    Don't like being forced to add an extra toolbar on my pages.

    Summary

    functionality is great very good searcher .I find it a bit difficult to send the files to wmplayer. Otherwise Keep up the good work.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ask.com toolbar bundled in the installation package"

    July 19, 2009  |   By typingmonkey

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    The software itself seems to work ok. Earlier versions might not have the adware.

    Cons

    Ask.com toolbar / adware / spyware bundled with it as "optional". Easy to miss during installation and you end up "voluntarily" installing this invasive resource eater that no one has ever wanted on their machine.

    Summary

    Pay attention during installation - the 'ask.com' toolbar is pushed as a part of the process. I was going through the install too quickly and ended up with the toolbar installed on my machine. I used Revo Uninstaller to get rid of the ask.com crap and I'll also use it to rid myself of Frostwire. Slimy move on the developers' part. True I did 'voluntarily' install it, but I hate sneaky tactics like that. The toolbar is invasive and notoriously difficult to remove. ask.com has a crappy reputation and a shady history of association with malware programs. No one "wants" it as a "bonus" when they're installing another program. I know this is becoming more common (esp. with revenue at $1 per install or so I've heard), and I don't blame the developers for trying to raise some money, but I don't trust any software that pushes the ask toolbar (or any other unwanted, unasked-for crap) in my face.

    I was puzzled by the other reviews complaining about this software because they downloaded trojan-infected files using it. It is unfair to give a P2P program a low rating because there are bad files on the network. The software developers are not responsible for and have no way to control what files are shared using the client. HOWEVER, if the reviewers above are referring to the ask.com adware / spyware bundled in the installation package itself, I understand the one-star ratings, that's why it's getting one from me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "VIRUSES, VIRUSES, VIRUSES"

    July 14, 2009  |   By MavBravo1

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    NONE, NOTTA, ZILCH

    Cons

    TROJAN VIRUSES WILL ATTACK AND KILL YOUR HARD DRIVE. IF THIS HASN'T HAPPENED TO YOU YET, IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME!

    Summary

    NEED I SAY ANYTHING OTHER THAN VIRUSES, VIRUSES, VIRUSES!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This Programe IS SHIET"

    July 10, 2009  |   By spearmaster33

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    nothing pro about this programe better using beemp3 toow download mp3 cause i was using frost wire and i got infected with a trojan horse wen i scanned it with avg kaspersky malwarebytes the trojan was the kind tat steals id

    Cons

    cons it adds adware on the side wen u use comuntiy chat looks like a programe tat suppourts adware

    Summary

    trojan hors becarefull of id stolen and ather info about ur pc

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Downloads a lot faster than utorrent"

    July 10, 2009  |   By 1Delu

    Version: FrostWire 4.18

    Pros

    good program

    Cons

    take care of viruses

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