FrostWire

FrostWire

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.20.2
  • Total Downloads:
    34,665,986
  • Date Added:
    February 28, 2010
  • File Size:
    22.98MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,770
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista/7

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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2 stars

"Slow D/L and a PC usage Hog"

August 06, 2014  |  By GIlRavardy

 |  Version: FrostWire 5.7.4

Pros

Search torrent sites on Frostwire
easy to understand for basic users
Media Players in program

Cons

SLOW!!!
PC hog, slows everything
Blocked from most torrent sites (will explain in Summary)
Not much for the experienced torrent user

Summary

What used to be a great all-in-one torrent downloader has hit ground zero, like a pumpkin shot from an air cannon. I used this a few years back when i was active in torrents (2009-2011). Was a great, easy, go-to program for the casual and lazy downloader. Just recently got back into torrents (2014) and brushed the dust and leaves of Frostwire and updated it. Hoping for good results like I had in yesteryears. DISAPPOINTMENT strikes when i do my search on the in-program engine and nothing shows up... Scratch my head and try different file types and still nothing (or very little). Used to be years ago the search was like google and you had to sift through hundreds or thousands of results to find exactly what you were looking for. Times changed for Frostwire so I found out why.

Here is why. As many know sites get a kickback from advertisers each time the site is viewed. With Frostwire bypassing the sites wih their search engine the sites were not getting their view count, so they weren't getting their $$ for ads on the site. Hence, Frostwire has been blocked from most torrent hosting sites. Since the only great PRO for Frostwire is the internal search engine, it renders it almost useless.

Also, because of this... Downloads are extremely slow. I tried several different ways to speed it up with no success (changing ports etc.). Since Frostwire also doesn't have much for experienced users concerning custom settings... Another bust. Example: downloading a huge file (10gig+) and the average speeds were between 200kB/s-300kB/s (I have a 20MB/s speed).. Needless to say it would take DAYS!!! DAYS??? We all know we would be disgruntled with such poor speed these days. My new torrent program (Vuze) topped this speed by 6 times or more without tweaking the mind-boggling amount of customization settings it has.

Conclusion: Bypass this program, it's time to put this one down. I would never recommend Frostwire to anyone, friend or foe. Hope this review was helpful and have a pleasant internet day!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.20.2
In version 4.20.2, BitTorrent Engine is replaced for a lightweight version of the Vuze BitTorrent core. Fixes torrent restart bug. Installer is 1/2 the size as previous version.
General
Publisher FrostWire
Publisher web site http://www.frostwire.com
Release Date February 20, 2010
Date Added February 28, 2010
Version 4.20.2
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Java Runtime Environment 1.6
Download Information
File Size 22.98MB
File Name frostwire-5.7.7.windows.coc.premium.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 34,665,986
Downloads Last Week 1,770
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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