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PaltalkScene

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Paltalk's integration of video, audio and text chatting unified into one window makes for a strong chatware program that includes a wealth of features.

Parental controls employ a password to change settings or block groups; adult content is hidden by default and all rooms are moderated. Add in the room ratings of G, R and A, and safe chatting is a cinch. Right-clicking a person's name gives a user-defined amount of personal information, with private room invite and file sending options. Sessions can be printed and saved, and buddy lists from other chat accounts can be automatically imported. Latest updates include screening rooms to share online vids, music feeds from Rhapsody and multiplayer games in case you get bored talking.

However, the abundance of pop-up ads, which strike even while you're in the middle of joining a room, might motivate users to pay for a subscription or look elsewhere. Free accounts only can open Webcams for a few seconds, while paid users can open multiple video windows. The app crashed for us when closing, and the system slowdowns were disappointing. Uninstalling Paltalk left an icon on the desktop.

Still, the thousands of rooms for politics, karaoke, tech advice, and porn mean that anybody can find a connection on Paltalk.

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  • 1.0 stars

    ""AVOID AT ALL COSTS""

    December 19, 2012  |   By airbourneranger

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    NONE whatsoever stay clear of.

    Cons

    Save your 65 bucks as it will cost you 4 times that to get your computer fixed.Total waste of time contacting them as they never reply.No matter which room you try the entire conversation can be summed up in one word... TUNE! Forget messaging anybody as all you will get is a box saying the user doesnt accept them.On the rare occasion an administrator does talk to you,its in a patronizing manner asking you to verify your age.

    Summary

    You have been warned save your money and do yourself a favour.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "You've been warned"

    February 29, 2012  |   By zzmk

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    None to list I can think of unless you like porn and drugs?

    Cons

    Everything...crack heads, meth heads, people with mental issues and of course those self appointed opinionated Admins who think their stuff don't stink. Bottom line is if you play with this fire you will get burned...and buggy as heck...amazing how some of these low lifes on here manage to pay for this...they have plently of booze and drugs...plus a blue or purple nic but for some reason are always broke...go figure. You've been warned...you'll be hacked no matter what you hear eslewhere.

    Summary

    Stay away....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FAKE anti-virus VIRUS infected through Paltalk"

    August 1, 2010  |   By bbk9

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    bot free environment

    Cons

    vicious malware

    Summary

    paltalk virus destroyed my hard drive,( luckily I still had the warranty) and I had to send my brandnew netbook back. I know for a fact paltalk gave me this virus as it was the only thing I used on the netbook, another chatter I knew from there got the SAME virus that same week. It was a fake anti virus that came out of nowhere and locked up my whole system, despite paying for an antivirus and having anti spyware etc on my system, nothing could detect it or clean it. Vicious little thing, and given to me by none other than paljoke. PaltalkTeam poster is also a joke, as the problem isnt in the software itself but through the banners they use, and I wont be paying for a nick any time soon so unless you're willing to pay to chat (I'm not) dont download this program. I thought I was safe by blocking all the ads through IE restricted sites, but somehow something got through. BEWARE.

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  • 5.0 stars

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    April 16, 2010  |   By votinhquai

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Free version is not secure"

    March 21, 2010  |   By paluser

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    Sadly it's the only community voice chat still standing.

    Cons

    As mentioned in the heading, the free version is not secure. The banner ads give free access to malware. I'd love a solution to this problem because I won't be going back until I do.

    Summary

    I got my paltalk acount in 1999 and spent a lot of time with the program over the years after Firetalk voice chat went bust. There were never security problems. As a community it's pretty much dreadful because the so-called room owner system makes it too hard to set up and maintain rooms. The people willing to play the room owner games are often the people you don't want moderating a discussion. Never the less I've found a use for the program and occasionally could find an intereseting discussion to join. Recently, after a layoff, I booted up the program and after a while a malware program busted through my virus software and making trouble. Before I gave up I allowed it to happen several times and only luck recovered the machine in the last episode.

    The folks in the PCTech chat room said it happens through the banner ads that run on the free accounts (black names) and is not a problem if you pay $50 for a blue account. They say lot's of people are having the problem. I was defeated when one of the malware attackers disabled file associations for most exe files. By luck I managed to get the XP restore point program to work by changing setting on it's executable file so it would boot.

    Paltalk management to will only say that security is the participant's responsibility. They have no advice about how to deal with this.

    There is a strong appearance that controling infuence is commercial. Paltalk is addicting for many people. For shut ins and older folks it may be their primary social outlet. A lot of those people will pay the money to avoid the problem. Paltalk got ai round of venture capital funding some years back presumably to add features and grow the community. I think the community did not grow significantly and the money is running out and the investors say increase revenues or lay off some people so the staff is allowing the hacks to press the long time free users to pay money. My guess it that will be ultimately self defeating and we'll be saying good bye to the last large community voice chat in this region of the galaxy.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "decent chat - audio/video but overpriced, no worthy"

    March 18, 2010  |   By averageNetUser

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    agile chatrooms handling, decent audio streaming... webcams? nothing impressive, and highly overpriced. They have issues very often.

    Cons

    version free is full of spyware, and no use of webcams in chatrooms.
    paid version is expensive (green nicknames at 60 bucks/year, purple nicknames for $200 - INSANE!!)
    Usually they have issues with login servers, and a lot of troubles.

    Summary

    If you use the "free" version of this program, you can't see other people webcams in rooms, and you get a lot of ads. That's ok, it's free, somebody is paying for you. The problem is, very often those ads are very nasty spyware (as for today, they try to deploy Antivirus 7, a very dangerous trojan (google it)). After report it several times to administrators, they just dont care. You must protect yourself with a very good antivirus/antispyware.
    If you plan to use free version of paltalk, get one of those programs to block the adds (google it, but be careful, you dont want to kill flu virus with aids virus).
    Color nicknames? yeah, if you have money to waste, go ahead. It's sixty-something bucks a year for a green nickname (the only advantages: no ads (well, may be one every once a while) and you can watch other people webcams). But if you worked overtime and have more money to waste, you can purchase a purple nickname for $ 200.. and you have no ads and you can watch other people webcams.
    There are tons of other better options for much less money or plain free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Often Unstable, Bloated, Interferes with other apps."

    December 23, 2009  |   By Kevin4Truth

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    It's the only thing like it out there? (That's a tragedy)

    Cons

    UNSTABLE; forced upgrading mechanism that often bypasses operating system security; no Mac OS X version (although that may be a blessing in disguise); will sometimes cause other apps to lock up when it does.

    Summary

    If there were an alternative, I would be using it. I hope the Paltalk developers put more time into the stability of Paltalk and its inter-process/interference issues. Also, get the "VIRUS infection via Paltalk" problem fixed without forcing Paltalk's AV solution on folks.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Terrific Brilliant and nothing Closer"

    November 24, 2009  |   By Crazy_Dino_Rider

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    I like the fact that i can have a private session and in 3 other rooms at same time. I like the fact that the quality of video is so gr8, I like the fact that so many diverse cultures and religions can share in everything in one place

    Cons

    i dont like ppl who was baned and bad mouth something cause they tried to make others feel crap

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best By Miles"

    October 9, 2009  |   By kaos83

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    Voice Quality, Cam Quality, The Ability To Hear Around The World Like It Was Next To You, Over 5,000 Rooms, With A Average Of 60,000 People Online At Any One Time, Moderated Rooms For Peoples Pleasure And Child Saftey, Cant Be Beaten.

    Cons

    NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH !!

    Summary

    Paltalk is the best chat program in the world, ive been using it for many years now, i havent not a clue what these people are talking about malware for, ive never had a problem, and i must of downloaded it over 80 times over the years. Its the best, way better than yahoo, not as many pervs, no booters, no bots, all real life people, and if you do end up paying for your nickname, you will not be dissapointed at all, view as many webcams as you like, providing how many are on cam in the room that is, the sound quality is so clear you would never think you are talking to people from another country. And when they play music over the mic too its exactly the same. ALL REAL PEOPLE, A MUST DOWNLOAD FOR ANYONE !!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "VirusTotal.com found no malware in it."

    October 4, 2009  |   By lwilson77

    Version: PaltalkScene 9.8

    Pros

    Same . . .. .

    Cons

    None . . . . .

    Summary

    File pal_install_r1261.exe received on 2009.10.05 00:40:11 (UTC)

    VirusTotal.com - Result: 0/41 (0%)

    Antivirus Version Last Update Result
    a-squared 4.5.0.24 2009.10.04 -
    AhnLab-V3 5.0.0.2 2009.10.03 -
    AntiVir 7.9.1.33 2009.10.05 -
    Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 2009.10.04 -
    Authentium 5.1.2.4 2009.10.04 -
    Avast 4.8.1351.0 2009.10.04 -
    AVG 8.5.0.420 2009.10.04 -
    BitDefender 7.2 2009.10.05 -
    CAT-QuickHeal 10.00 2009.10.03 -
    ClamAV 0.94.1 2009.10.03 -
    Comodo 2515 2009.10.05 -
    DrWeb 5.0.0.12182 2009.10.05 -
    eSafe 7.0.17.0 2009.10.04 -
    eTrust-Vet 31.6.6774 2009.10.02 -
    F-Prot 4.5.1.85 2009.10.04 -
    F-Secure 8.0.14470.0 2009.10.05 -
    Fortinet 3.120.0.0 2009.10.05 -
    GData 19 2009.10.05 -
    Ikarus T3.1.1.72.0 2009.10.05 -
    Jiangmin 11.0.800 2009.10.04 -
    K7AntiVirus 7.10.861 2009.10.03 -
    Kaspersky 7.0.0.125 2009.10.05 -
    McAfee 5761 2009.10.04 -
    McAfee+Artemis 5761 2009.10.04 -
    McAfee-GW-Edition 6.8.5 2009.10.05 -
    Microsoft 1.5101 2009.10.04 -
    NOD32 4479 2009.10.04 -
    Norman 6.01.09 2009.10.04 -
    nProtect 2009.1.8.0 2009.10.04 -
    Panda 10.0.2.2 2009.10.04 -
    PCTools 4.4.2.0 2009.10.04 -
    Prevx 3.0 2009.10.05 -
    Rising 21.49.22.00 2009.09.30 -
    Sophos 4.45.0 2009.10.05 -
    Sunbelt 3.2.1858.2 2009.10.04 -
    Symantec 1.4.4.12 2009.10.05 -
    TheHacker 6.5.0.2.028 2009.10.03 -
    TrendMicro 8.950.0.1094 2009.10.04 -
    VBA32 3.12.10.11 2009.10.05 -
    ViRobot 2009.10.2.1968 2009.10.02 -
    VirusBuster 4.6.5.0 2009.10.04 -

    Additional information
    File size: 12588752 bytes
    MD5...: 5b1806f9790b3600dcec65b0815c66ee

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