Shareaza

Shareaza

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 582 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5.3
  • Total Downloads:
    4,171,822
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 13, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.3

    out of 16 votes

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    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 582 votes

    • 5 star 241
    • 4 star 116
    • 3 star 75
    • 2 star 49
    • 1 star 101
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3 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 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 stars

"So far, so good"

February 05, 2012  |  By DrDMR

 |  Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

Pros

Lots of music

Cons

Would like it to faster sometimes.

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4 stars

"works well after easy install"

January 03, 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 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 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 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 stars

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

February 08, 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 stars

"the best filesharing program"

January 05, 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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5 stars

"AWESOME BUT BEWARE OF FAKE SHAREAZA!"

January 05, 2011  |  By vcdlmp

 |  Version: Shareaza 2.5.3

Pros

Great. Easy and clean install. No spyware.
-PLEASE READ-
Shareaza.com is a fake website use shareaza.sourceforge.com
People made shareaza.com which is fake and all spyware!

Cons

Slow for torrents. Use bittorrent
-PLEASE READ-
Shareaza.com is a fake website use shareaza.sourceforge.com
People made shareaza.com which is fake and all spyware!

Summary

great!
-PLEASE READ-
Shareaza.com is a fake website use shareaza.sourceforge.com
People made shareaza.com which is fake and all spyware!

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General
Publisher Shareaza
Publisher web site http://shareaza.sourceforge.net
Release Date June 13, 2010
Date Added June 13, 2010
Version 2.5.3
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.6MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,171,822
Downloads Last Week 241
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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