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Old September 22nd, 2005
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Default Few n00b questions from a "smart" user.

I've browsed through the forum a bit and noticed some extremely n00b'ish questions... these are not the typical "how do I click the button" type questions, heh.

1. I use dialup and download large files. Therefore, I don't want incomplete files being deleted after one day (the default setting)... so, I switched this to 365 days in the options menu. I've noticed that this seems to work a bit too well... if I'm downloading a file, find out that it's not what I want, and decide to delete it (using the "cancel" button), it sits in my incomplete folder until I manually delete it or for, presumedly, 365 days. Is there any way to delete these incomplete files from the program without having to switch to windows explorer?

2. This is a bit of a tricky one. As an example, let's say that I'm searching for a video named "See Forum Rules" (without quotes). This will return a few valid results and a lot of spam such as:

this is a file (See Forum Rules)
this is another file (See Forum Rules)
hey look, a file (See Forum Rules)

The first part of the filename is something completely unrelated, but my exact search string is in the ()'s. Ok, mistagged files, no problems... so I search for a video named "what codes you are allowed to use" (without quotes).

This returns the same exact files as above:

this is a file (what codes you are allowed to use)
this is another file (what codes you are allowed to use)
hey look, a file (what codes you are allowed to use)

Is there some sort of trick that spammers use to tell the program that these files are tagged with my search string, or is there something wrong with my download?

I'm using the most current version (just downloaded yesterday after WinMX died), Windows XP SP2, AVG, etc etc... nothing too out there.
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Old September 22nd, 2005
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Is there some sort of trick that spammers use to tell the program that these files are tagged with my search string, or is there something wrong with my download?

Spammers like very, very long names in their files so it will showup in the searches, you can filterout most of the junk files in your Limewire under options to show only the search results you want. They will sometimes name the files wrong and beware the viruses/worms/trojans as well when searching. hope this helps?

I try to filterout what I can in my prefs, to avoid the crap files. and no, there's nothing wrong with your downloading. thats the users trying to play tricks on others users to try to give you viruses and things like that.
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Old September 22nd, 2005
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Nah, this isn't a matter of someone naming a file with loads of keywords... these spam files have the exact string I searched for in the filename, nothing else.

If I was searching for, say, Nirvana Live Bootleg, the files in question do not return:

this is a spam file (nirvana live bootleg britney spears xxx porn whatever other tags spammers use mp3 blah blah)

but instead:

this is a spam file (Nirvana Live Bootleg)

Ok, so I'm thinking some spammer got lucky with that tagging... so I search for Nirvana Live Bootleg Germany 1993 and get:

this is a spam file (Nirvana Live Bootleg Germany 1993)

Same exact file, but with my new search query inserted. I could see if I was using narrow searches (ie, Nirvana), but I'm searching for pretty specific stuff and hitting these. I could also see if the file had a ton of keywords in it, but they don't... just the exact thing I searched for, nothing else.

(I don't know if these particular strings bring back these spam files... just used random stuff to clarify my point).
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Old September 22nd, 2005
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Im so used to the spam and junk files that I just avoid em. I search mainly for very old music and rare music. so, I somehow usually dont come up with much junk. Gnutella used to be a really good network till the spammers/junk/viruses tookover. Im not sure if theres any real tricks out there to avoid it. I usually just go by the file size and the top search results and reliable sources. T3s and higher are usually the fake hosts that like to flood the network with the crap. I stick with cable to cable dls when I can.
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Here's a link to more info on the same subject: autogenerated spam results
If it ain't broke, fix it till it is!

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