(Editors’ note: After publishing this article, we heard from a
member of the open-source team that originally developed Shareaza.
The developers say that the version of Shareaza we pointed to is
based on the open-source code they developed, but is not authorized
by them. For more on the controversy, see http://torrentfreak.com/the-shareaza-conspiracy-in-a-nutshell-080313/
And to download the open-source version of Shareaza, go to
Some “free” peer-to-peer programs still make you pay by
installing spyware or unwanted third-party products. Shareaza is a
P2P client that lets you download any file type you find on any of
a number of popular networks. And yes, Shareaza is spyware-free and
pleasantly devoid of pop-up ads or third-party products. It lets
you download from–and upload to–the EDonkey2000, Gnutella,
BitTorrent, and Gnutella2 networks, allowing you to swarm the
networks and get fast service.
Note: If you’re using Windows 95, you’ll need the Winsock
2 Update to run Shareaza. NT4 Users may need to download
Microsoft’s Tahoma font to make the interface look right. If you’re
using Windows 95, you’ll need the Winsock 2 Update to run Shareaza.
NT4 Users may need to download Microsoft’s Tahoma font to make the
interface look right.