FrostWire

FrostWire

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 1298 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.18
  • Total Downloads:
    34,700,978
  • Date Added:
    May 11, 2009
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Note:

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

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 15
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 1298 votes

    • 5 star 399
    • 4 star 402
    • 3 star 147
    • 2 star 77
    • 1 star 273
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5 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 stars

"not bad, pay attention"

August 02, 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.
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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 stars

"FULL OF VIRUSES."

August 02, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.18
Version 4.18 fixes Bittorrent Incompatibilities, bug on Welcome Screen and caches the last 2 images shown on the Welcome Screen to save bandwidth from static servers.
General
Publisher FrostWire
Publisher web site http://www.frostwire.com
Release Date May 11, 2009
Date Added May 11, 2009
Version 4.18
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements Java Runtime Environment 1.6
Download Information
File Size 21.12MB
File Name frostwire-6.0.3.windows.coc.premium.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 34,700,978
Downloads Last Week 6,026
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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