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WinMX

WinMX is a peer-to-peer file sharing program authored by Frontcode Technologies and running on Windows operating systems. The official WinMX website and WinMX servers have been offline since September 2005 due to a lawsuit (One of the major problems that led to the declining popularity of WinMX was the increase presence of “dummy” files, reportedly placed by individuals and/or companies opposed to file sharing) though the application remains operable through third-party modifications.

Sharing files in WinMX

WinMX, by default, will only share Audio and Video files, although, if properly configured, it can share almost every type of file. It is also considered a very safe network with a limited number of viruses. WinMX also has a file-size restriction. Files over 2GB will not be shared, and must be split into chunks smaller than 2GB in order to be shared. Although there is no limit to the number of files a user can share on the WPNP network, when a list of a specific user’s files is requested (using the ‘browse’ function) only a limited amount will be shown. These limits are 5000 files for a Primary connection, and 3000 files for a Secondary connection. However, ALL the shared files will be visible to a general search via filename or hash. These limitations do not apply on OpenNap servers (see below).

Searching for files

You can search for almost any file in WinMX. When a user sends out a search, the search is spread throughout the network. If a file is found, the HASH number of the file along with the way to find it is sent through the network to the user who made the search. Searches can also be made with hash numbers instead of words and numbers.

Even before the WinMX network was originally shut down, there were increasing reports of fake files and corrupted data in the networks. The people hosting the files, called flooders, connect as secondary users. If certain trigger words are included by a user when searching for a file, that user gets many results which are not real. The resulting large bandwidth also often crashes the user and the “Primary” to which s/he is connected.

Chatting

WinMX allows a person to host chatrooms with its built-in Chat function. There are some rooms reserved for chat, some for trading files, and some which allow both. There are typically around 1500 to 2000 chatrooms open at any given time. WinMX also allows you to message a user using its Private Message function. You can message any user regardless of whether that user is in the same chat room as you or whether you are downloading from/uploading to that user unless his or her settings are configured not to. It is also possible to host chatrooms in languages other than English, such as Japanese, German, French and Italian.

OpenNap

WinMX started out as a Peer-to-Peer program that connected to OpenNap servers. It can still connect to many OpenNap servers. These servers enable users to connect to a wider userbase and also receive many more search results. Two advantages for running OpenNap is the ability to have a permanent list of friends called a hotlist and the ability to share an unlimited number of files.

Translations

WinMX is natively run in the English language, but language files can be installed to translate menus into the following languages: Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Review by Jared Moya

WinMX has an average rating 3.0 out of 5 based on 67 user ratings.

25 comments
keren_sky
keren_sky

I'm still able to connect. i can find .wsx files & music, etc.

LebaneseHeadbanger
LebaneseHeadbanger

I Used Winmx since a i dont remember when. after shutting it i was using the winmx interface but connectin to different servers.... now i hope winmx is back. yet i cant connect ,,,, anyone can help ?? thanks :)

mr. download
mr. download

I loved using winmx before it was shut down. The chat channels were the best part. When they shutdown I stopped downloading for a while. I recently found Tixati and with their new chat feature I can finally chat again.

lyle goldner
lyle goldner

i liked winmx thanks to buddy of mine to tell me about it. but now all my downloads i now use frostwire its free

Richard
Richard

what happened to winmx? I type in artist name and all i get is line upon line of ampersands, percent signs, and all those items above the numbers on the keyboard. And not one single name of the artist. There were a bunch of artists listed that i never heard of, but none of what i entered. I uninstalled winmx, and i am having no luck finding another program that doesn't do the same thing. Antone know a site where i can find a program that works right?

samantha
samantha

does it really work?? limewire shut down

george
george

i think it is all wrong that you want us to pay to down load music and the program i do not want to give my card details out as some person could get it as there ones out there doing all the time

jennifer
jennifer

welcome back winmx, i have used you since you first started then you went away.. so it is great to have you back.. awesome stuff...

platoon
platoon

ragazzi uniamoci e aggiorniamo di nuovo winmx alla versione 4.0 daiiiii

imcrazy
imcrazy

limewire is the worst for downloading. there are so many viruses there so beware....... scan EVERYTHING you download.

Mandy
Mandy

There doesn't seem to be any recent comments on here so here is hoping someone still reads these. What r the benefits of winmx. I was using LimeWire as a dwld host program (I think that is the right terminology) for torrents but I started getting errors when trying to burn things to dvd or cd so I did a hard restore. Is this a better program or is there something that is even faster. I get very impatient when downlding and really don't want to wait for 2 days for something to dwnld when I have the best internet connection I can get through brighthouse. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

Gabrielseraphim
Gabrielseraphim

Having had 3.53 earlier with peer guardian, do I need to continue to run peer guardian?

Brutal Constructor
Brutal Constructor

I Agree To ZENAR .. and winmx is the BEST THING HAPPENED TO MANKIND .. i just love it .. i wouldn't be alive without WINMX

Old-Nik
Old-Nik

whoops, i meant Limewire not kazaa sorry. figured id say that before someone flips out

Old-Nik
Old-Nik

Lol you dont have to pay for winmx. The kazaa communtiy has been trying to rip it off since it got shutdown with a crap version that you have to pay for, that is nothing like the original. go to here for the real version, it has been fixed by hackers so that it can not be shutdown no longer. --http://patch.winmxconex.com/ get the WinMX 3.54b4 preferrably long live WinMX

Maggo
Maggo

Shareaza V2 is free

Lee
Lee

Does this site work? can't seem to download winmx?

pissed
pissed

u say that it is free but u want a credit card tt aint free i used to be free

roopesh
roopesh

great memories are stuck to winmx, when there were no torrents

pablo
pablo

winmx is the best

imcrazy
imcrazy

sorry, me again............... to Mandy you should download a bit torrent and download from a torrent site. you will get better results. I recommend bit tornado which I use. alot of the others they have banned from a bunch of sites. I use it all the time and easy 2 use. I scan everything I download and so should everybody. I use Demonoid.com or H33t.com and get almost everything from them 2 sites. I hope this helps ya.

Old-Nik
Old-Nik

no, just get the latest 3.53 or 3.54beta with the community patch. the community patch does peer gaurdian's job.


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