File sharing software downloads
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Description: Many years ago, free P2P file sharing programs were all the rage on the Internet. Few of them still work anymore. Which one was your favorite?
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Ares Galaxy was developed in 2002, first supporting the Gnutella network and later the separate Ares P2P network. Ares Galaxy was designed to offer decentralized music and other file swapping support with built-in chat. A spin-off client for the Ares network called Warez was also developed. See - Ares Free Downloads. More »
The Shareaza client search engine connects to multiple P2P networks including BitTorrent and Gnutella. It received a version update in late 2014, but much of this client's packaging looks like its straight out of 2002. See shareaza.sourceforge.net for details and download info. More »
eDonkey/Overnet was a P2P file sharing network especially popular in Europe. The eDonkey P2P client connected to both the eDonkey and Overnet networks which combined support a large base of users and files. A separate Overnet client existed at one time some years ago but was merged into eDonkey, which ran on Windows, Linux and Mac computers.
The Kazaa software family (including the Kazaa Lite series of applications) for the FastTrack P2P network was the most popular line of P2P file sharing programs for a time in the early 2000s.
The Limewire P2P file sharing program connected to Gnutella and ran on WIndows, Linux and Mac computers. Limewire was recognized for its simple user interface along with good search and download performance.
Morpheus P2P clients were capable of searching Gnutella2, FastTrack, eDonkey2K and Overnet P2P networks.
WinMX ran only on the Windows family of operating systems, but this client and its associated WPNP network was hugely popular during the mid-2000s. WinMX was known for its relatively advanced (at the time) options to help power users better manage their downloads.