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CNET Editors' review

Although the bigger names in the P2P world still maintain the lion's share of users, several smaller entities have popped up. These programs appeal to those fed up with the fluff and third-party software often found in the more popular applications.

Shareaza is focused and lean, with a gorgeous interface and connections to the Gnutella2, Gnutella, eDonkey, and BitTorrent networks. It's also handsome and easy to use; we had no trouble quickly figuring out how to search, check our network status, and customize the interface through a healthy choice of skins. Search results were extremely fast, although we wish each new search automatically spawned a new tab. Shareaza also has a decent built-in media player for common audio and video formats. Other features include a chat client and the ability to schedule transfers.

The file-management system, with a slew of folders divided and subdivided into all sorts of categories, may overwhelm novices, though seasoned file-sharers probably won't have that much trouble. Overall, though, Shareaza's design, performance, and trim size provide make it a nice choice for peer-to-peer users.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A Joke...Right?"

    September 2, 2013  |   By Smeaga31

    Version: Shareaza 2.6

    Pros

    No adware, extra add-ons and the like.
    Very easy install and set-up.
    Nice user interface. Beautiful actually.
    Great Library function. Beautiful actually.
    Media player built right in.
    Chat & all the social networking tools included.

    Cons

    Can't Find a single thing I want. Even When I search for very common things such as "Dreamboat Annie" I wouldn't get a single result! I tried every possible combo and couldn't get a single search result. A beautiful client with no users?

    Summary

    I'm not a novice. I am very familiar with p2p software and know what I'm doing. This really is no better than a media organizer and player, wich it does beautifully. For file sharing and the like...completely useless. I've tried Sharetastic, Shareghost, Shareaza, Share This and share that. They are all useless. I'm am so frustrated! Isn't there something out there better than Soulseek? Please don't suggest Ares, or I will rant again!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I have used better"

    March 25, 2012  |   By the 1 knight

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    Nice interface, stable with lots of results

    Cons

    Results appeared misleading with extremely slow download speeds

    Summary

    I have used better.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not exactly awesome."

    March 23, 2012  |   By Mike Sinner

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    You can find a whole lot of stuff on here.
    'light' program.

    Cons

    A lot of what you find is bogus. (Wrong name or even just add stuff.)
    Download speeds suck most of the time.
    Works poorly with hardware firewall on routers.

    PAY ATTENTION!! Shareaza7/8 whatever higher than 2.5.4 is rubbish!!
    Use this 2.5.3 version or google the newer version, but the "newest" v7/v8 will install junk and only works for finding mp3's and such. It sucks big time!

    Summary

    After finally getting through a difficult process of figuring out what settings I should change on my router (Very many options on the hardware firewall, so wasn't too sure what to change.) the download speeds still aren't exactly shocking with the exception of 1 or 2 downloads that did reach about 3,5MB/s, most just stagger at 1 to 100kB/s, so that just sucks.
    In a big list of downloads, only the ones that were put in the list first seem to try to connect, anything else just has to wait, not matter if they MIGHT just be available or not, it simply has to wait on the completion of anything in front of it even when there is no download happening.
    A lot of downloads think it's amuzing to get stuck at 99,9% completion. Seriously, completely stuck, no matter how slow or fast it was downloading just before that!

    I wish Frostwire would have kept it's original way, rather than focussing on torrents. I couldn;t care less about those torrents! I have uTorrent for that and reliable websites to check comments about the quality of files.
    Shareaza was supposed to compensate for Frostwire's degration. It's the only alternative I can find in which you can search for individual and possibly rare stuff without torrents, but sadly, it just doesn't work as well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far, so good"

    February 5, 2012  |   By DrDMR

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    Lots of music

    Cons

    Would like it to faster sometimes.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works well after easy install"

    January 3, 2012  |   By dre belgium

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    problemless install, good results, stable, al lot of settings can be done according to your personal preferences.

    Cons

    1.the way to switch between search tabs and progress/acitivity windows is not very clear to me; it works but is quite extensive.
    2.you can drag search results columns to wherever you want them; e.g. bitrate right behind filename, but for each new search the program forgets this setting.

    Summary

    at this moment the best peer2peer as far as I know. I don't use it for torrents; I use Bittorrent.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is fake"

    September 30, 2011  |   By johnukguy

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    NO Pros at all

    Cons

    Spyware, Adware, Malware

    Summary

    The real Shareaza can be found here: http://shareaza.sourceforge.net/

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  • 4.0 stars

    "its a good product"

    July 10, 2011  |   By mz_lushuz

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    the download is fast

    Cons

    it doesnt always download the things your looking for..

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  • 3.0 stars

    "P2P network"

    May 24, 2011  |   By JustinPC16

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    ever program i try P2P network give me virus and spyware

    Cons

    not right way get stuff for free then stealing

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Slow resource hog, tons of bogus downloads.Not LimeWire"

    February 8, 2011  |   By jkirk1626

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    If you try long enough and screen the 2 bogus files for every legit one, there's a good chance that you will eventually find what you're looking for.

    Cons

    If you ever get a return for your search, rest assured that the first few matches you try to download will be not be available, will not connect, or will not really be what you want. Many "successful" downloads will be malware.

    Summary

    No Lime Wire replacement. This never shared my library to make it available for download to other users. Thats the entire point of p2p and it makes me doubt others' libraries are uploaded either, so the selection is not what it could be.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best filesharing program"

    January 5, 2011  |   By PLAYSTATIONRULES

    Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

    Pros

    no spyware no viruis no paid version no ads. fast downloading, great sources no fake files like from frostwire has. good music selection

    Cons

    none its all good time for a new version tho.

    Summary

    its the best you can get. you get the song you download and nothing else with it. since all songs get verified. gnutella 1 and gnutella 2 networks, bit torrent, and also you can download anyfile from anywhere on the internet onto shareaza. shareaza rocks!

    Updated on Mar 20, 2011

    TIME TO UPDATE THIS BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW VERSION OUT BEEN OUT FOR AWHILE NOW 2.5.4. GO TO FILEHIPPO THEY HAVE IT. I ACUTALLY BELIEVE AS WELL THE FILES ARE MORE SAFER THAN CNETS VERSIONS.

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