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Need help securing/troubleshooting my household WiFi Network

I am incredibly geeky (though I certainly know geeks who are moreso) and somewhat hackerish, been running my household WiFi and Wired network to dozens of devices for several years and everything was fine until my Mom's new housesitter brought a laptop into the network that was profoundly infected with various malware. I THINK the malware issue is still contained to his laptop but household broadband utilization went from 200 - 300 GB per month in January/February to more than 650 GB in March and we're still racking up 10-12 GB per day in April. I need help with what to do without alienating anyone and what I can do to support the housesitter while he also works locally on his computer to remove the malware. Brainstorming, new techniques, anything like that would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

 

How do I raise money without going to a bank?

How do I raise money without going to a bank? If I wanted to raise say a million dollars to extend my business and the bank is not being helpful. What are my options? I hear a bunch about P2P lending but how does that work and how do I access it?
posted by monkeywithhat on May 29, 2012 - 15 answers

P2P sharing now

What’s the new P2P fad? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Oct 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Each one reach one

What is the smartphone software that uses other nearby phones as a a kind of p2p wireless network - ie. sends a message by transmitting it to any other phones in range that are also running the app, which will then pass it on in a similar fashion, etc.? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Oct 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I cover my filesharing tracks?

How can I cover my filesharing tracks? [more inside]
posted by Kale Slayer on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Making Money from P2P File sharing!

Do you know of any attempts to monetize peer-to-peer file sharing? That is to say if a user is sharing a file, she gets compensated for uploading bits of the file? I'm interested in knowing who's looking in to it and what kind of success they may have had.
posted by storybored on Aug 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Spotty-what?

Ways to improve my Spotify experience? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Mar 10, 2009 - 4 answers

How safe is P2P?

How worried should I be about the recent rash of stories in the mainstream media about P2P software being used to commit identity theft? [more inside]
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

What's the best P2P direct connect software for University networks?

What's the best P2P direct connect software for University networks? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Sep 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Alternative to Soulseek

Can the hive recommend a good alternative to Soulseek? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Aug 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Someone didn't follow the first rule of usenet... now we're all screwed.

Grrrr, Time Warner Cable has unceremoniously removed their stellar USENET access. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Jun 25, 2008 - 18 answers

This Nightmare of Listening Freedom is Almost Over!

So which P2P networks garner the most RIAA lawsuits? The lawsuits are, of course, a sort of cloak and dagger affair, but isn't there some data on this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jun 20, 2008 - 5 answers

A bit on bittorrents

Can someone explain to me the magic of bittorrents? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Mar 28, 2008 - 14 answers

Downloading

I'm looking for a complete or brief history of downloading. [more inside]
posted by Wanderlust88 on Feb 15, 2008 - 13 answers

peer to peer folder sync

Can anyone recommend software to syncronise files between multiple servers ? [more inside]
posted by matholio on Feb 3, 2008 - 14 answers

Ghost bit-torrent tracker

How do torrents work? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jan 12, 2008 - 6 answers

Advanced Gnutella Client

Help me find a Gnutella client with advanced search options [more inside]
posted by KenFox on Jan 2, 2008 - 1 answer

UUSee TV

Anyone ever use the Chinese streaming software UUSee? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Dec 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Will my money get to the musician, or all end up with the record label?

Help me make sure that my money gets to Handsome Dick Manitoba: downloading vs buying music, and how to find out if an artist actually gets money from their own album sales? [more inside]
posted by intermod on May 22, 2007 - 32 answers

Azureus 2.5.0.2 + force seed = ?

Has the "force seed" option been removed from the latest version of Azureus (2.5.0.2)? It used to be a simple right-click away, but now I can't seem to locate it anywhere... (I've searched the Wiki.)
posted by mykescipark on Jan 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Legitimate p2p examples?

I need compelling examples of legitimate/legal uses of bittorrent or other p2p applications/protocols. [more inside]
posted by spock on Nov 28, 2006 - 26 answers

Is a P2P download safe?

Two-pronged question: (1) How common are virus/spyware-infected applications on P2P, assuming the filesize is big (50+ MB) and it's not one of those stupid 50 KB bait files? (2) Are there any good free or shareware virus scanners that are especially designed to examine the contents of executable setup programs? Most protection programs just look at existing files on a hard drive. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Oct 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Slow P2P downloads.

As of two weeks ago, my (entirely legal) Soulseek downloads won't go any faster than exactly 4.1 k/s. If I download more than one file at a time, they'll each go at 2 k/s; four at a time go at 1 k/s each; any more than that and they all fail. My internet is otherwise speedy and the relevant ports are forwarded. Why is this happening to me? What have I done wrong?
posted by stammer on Sep 24, 2006 - 6 answers

P2P for small group of friends

Are there any P2P protocols (with clients for Windows, OS X, and Linux ideally) that are ideal for sharing files between a small group of friends? [more inside]
posted by thebabelfish on Aug 31, 2006 - 10 answers

Cool Newsgroups Providers

Usenet question. [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake on Jul 25, 2006 - 22 answers

P2P download software

I haven't really downloaded music since the days of Napster, then Audiogalaxy and then Soulseek (until it started to suck). [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jan 15, 2006 - 42 answers

my pings dont come back

I only ping intermittently if at all, to a wireless router whenever bittorrent is started. Its not upload/download limits/bandwidth or the usual, as there does not need be any data tranfer to time out, just having the BT program running. Bittorrent itself is fast as a button throughout. [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg on Jan 15, 2006 - 10 answers

How to universally disallow P2P?

Is there any easy way to universally disallow P2P traffic on an office lan? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 6, 2006 - 16 answers

All known P2P and IM protocols/clients?

I need to begin to secure a network against IP "theft" liability and security breaches. Please help me compile a list of every known IM and P2P/filesharing protocol and/or client. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Nov 22, 2005 - 22 answers

WHy does Windows periodically decide it can't find the internet?

Why does my Windows XP laptop keep losing the internets? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 17, 2005 - 12 answers

I sure would love it if they'd stop throttling me.

How can I detect if my ISP is using traffic-shaping software to throttle my P2P connections? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Nov 13, 2005 - 21 answers

P2P help needed

P2PFilter: Is there a way, using Limewire for preference, to see my friends shared music folder? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Oct 28, 2005 - 7 answers

Ipod Video

Are all P2P file sharting networks evil and infect your computer with wiruses and spyware? Also, does anyone know how to copy DVDs (that I have legally purchased and copy them to my video iPod?
posted by danielpcummings on Oct 26, 2005 - 8 answers

How do I search multiple tracker sites at once?

Are there any good replacements for Torrent Typhoon? [more inside]
posted by Hildago on Oct 13, 2005 - 11 answers

Trying to download a specific version of the US national anthem

There's a version of the US national anthem on the movie "The Sum of All Fears" that I would like to download. Had no luck with P2P networks. Any clues?
posted by falameufilho on Oct 9, 2005 - 3 answers

P2P client with Magnet Protocol?

Can you recommend a P2P client that uses the Magnet Protocol? [more inside]
posted by horseblind on Sep 15, 2005 - 10 answers

Downloading one file out of a large torrent?

How can I use Azureus to download just one file out of a big torrent that includes many files? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza on Aug 7, 2005 - 4 answers

Safe P2Ping

What sort of protection do you use when you use p2p programs? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jul 26, 2005 - 12 answers

p2p web access dominance

p2p kills my browser [more inside]
posted by hayeled on Jun 30, 2005 - 10 answers

How to copy Shared iTunes music?

Illegal Uses for iTunesFilter: How do you copy the mp3s from Shared libraries on iTunes to your HD? I seem to recall a program that achieved this task, but don't remember its name.
posted by mowglisambo on May 24, 2005 - 8 answers

How to keep Torrent files open?

When I download files with "Bits On Wheels" the torrents remain in a folder on my drive, but they are inactive. How does one keep them 'seeding' and searchable by other P2P people? When I search for programs, it appears only recent episodes are available. I'd like to make all my older torrents available too.
posted by DickStock on Apr 28, 2005 - 6 answers

Rookie Home Networker

I've just recently set up my first wireless home network consisting of a Win XP box on a cable modem hooked up to an AirPort Extreme sending a signal to an iBook. It's working great except for problems with my favorite p2p program (WinMX). I now have to use a "secondary" connection to the network which yeilds less effective search results and performance and I am unable to upload files to the network. My research tells me that I need to do some fiddling with my firewall to make things work better, which is uncharted territory for me. Does anyone know what I need to do, and can you explain it to me in basic, clear terms. Thanks.
posted by jonmc on Feb 27, 2005 - 17 answers

Is my ISP throttling my p2p bandwidth?

p2pFilter: Is my ISP pulling a fast one on me? [mi] [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Dec 12, 2004 - 15 answers

OSX File Sharing

Best peer-to-peer file sharing program for Mac OS X? I'm using Limewire now, and am wondering if there is another program offering a better selection, ie, with more members. I'm mostly interested in audio files. Is there software allowing the downloading of entire albums at a time?
posted by cahlers on Dec 11, 2004 - 9 answers

What are things like these days in the p2p universe?

What are things like these days in the p2p universe? I've been using BitTorrent exclusively for a while but friends and family have asked for my help with p2p but BitTorrent is overkill for the small files (songs, ringtones, etc) they're looking for. Also, BitTorrent has no search facilities which they'll need. What programs are out there? How spyware-ridden are they? How corrupted with bogus files? And, are there any sites you'd recommend to keep up-to-date with p2p?
posted by TimeFactor on Dec 10, 2004 - 14 answers

What else do you download from p2p networks?

Everybody knows about music, warez, pr0n and movies. Everybody who reads AskMe now knows about comicz.
What else do you download from p2p networks? Not looking to get Matt in trouble here, so please no links to files / "sharing" sites, etc. I'm just curious as to what other sorts of media are being p2ped.
posted by signal on Nov 24, 2004 - 21 answers

What's next after bittorrent?

What's next after bittorrent? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 10, 2004 - 16 answers

Aside from the RIAA, are other companies suing P2P users for copyright infringement?

I know that the RIAA has sued users of certain P2P networks like Kazaa, with mixed results. I'd like to know if there are any other examples of companies or agencies suing individuals for alleged copyright infringement...(like maybe the MPAA going after people on BitTorrent or something.) [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Oct 31, 2004 - 4 answers

What's the best mp3 downloader?

I'm sure it's been asked before, but I can't find it. What's the best free mp3 downloader out there now? Kazaa is kaput with ads now, in my opinion.
posted by agregoli on Sep 2, 2004 - 16 answers

P2P App for the Mac?

What is the best P2P application for the Mac?
posted by dydecker on Aug 17, 2004 - 17 answers

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