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Remove File-Sharing Programs

The best way to avoid potential copyright violations (and, potentially, thousands of dollars of fines through the United States judicial system) is to remove all peer-to-peer file-sharing programs from your computer.If you see any of these peer-to-peer (P2P) programs on your computer, remove them:

  • Ares
  • Bearshare
  • BitTorrent
  • Kazaa
  • Limewire
  • Morpheus

For a more extensive listing of P2P software, visit web resources such as Wikipedia's Peer-to-Peer Networking article. If you see any P2P software on your computer, remove it and you'll remove your liability for sharing copyrighted material over the Internet.

Directions for removing P2P software

Windows 7

  1. Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Programs and Features.
  2. Select a program, and then click Uninstall. Some programs include the option to change or repair the program in addition to uninstalling it, but many simply offer the option to uninstall. To change a program, click Change or Repair. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Apple Macintosh Computers

  1. Quit all file-sharing programs.
  2. Locate the folder containing the P2P software that you want to remove. It is usually in the Applications folder.
  3. Double-click the P2P program's folder to examine its contents.
  4. Some Macintosh-compatible P2P programs come with an "uninstall" program. If you see an "Uninstall" or "Uninstaller" program, run it to remove the P2P software. If you do not see such a program, go back to the Applications folder, and move the P2P program's folder into the trash.
  5. Empty your computer's trash folder.
  6. Go to the Apple menu and select Restart to reboot your computer.

If you have any questions, please contact LIS Technology Support Center at x3900.

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