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My Husband is a big fan of downloading files from Rapidshare in the (free account) capacity. Ever since he started doing this, he swears that Rapidshare scans its files and it is impossible to download something malicious from this site.

The files are a bit "explicit" (if you get my drift) and from past experience he claims that since it is not an official "explicit site" that it is ok.

In the past couple of days, I ran spy-bot and located a whole bunch of spyware and garbage. Also my firewall was turned off and my virus protection was automatically turned off.

Can these problems be associated with downloading this type of material off of Rapidshare? Can they also be caused by downloading off of Limewire?

Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for lending me your expertise.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

not specific to rapidshare

You can get malware from anywhere, rapidshare not excluded.

"...that Rapidshare scans

"...that Rapidshare scans its files and it is impossible to download something malicious from this site"

Even if Rapidshare scans it's archives,
there's a HUGE propability a vx sample is still undetected.
But speaking strictly from my limited personal experience,
I've seen tons of samples that are shared by malware authors,
to be uploaded in Rapidshare for easiness..after all,
they are daily Internet users like us you know,lol ;-)

"...that since it is not an official "explicit site" that it is ok."

Explicit sites or not,malware has no special..."racist" tendencies ;-)
You can find it and/or get infected almost everywhere,
with just a bit of double-clicking in your browser..

"Can these problems be associated with downloading this type of material off of Rapidshare? Can they also be caused by downloading off of Limewire?"

p2p networks are full of fake/masqueraded malware,
so when using/downloading material from p2p clients,
some extra precaution is certainly required...
As for the problems you've mentioned,
they can also simply be the result,
of having your system Internet-connected,
without having it (or the apps that you use) patched,
eg.some automated scanning bot/worm...
There are more than plenty of guides all over the net,
regarding patch deployment,securing p2p clients...