I'm really concerned as I have been a happy Kazaa user for many years now, and all of a sudden am having heaps of problems downloading files.
The last problem I had was in 2004 with KL (and that was mostly only with the old player), so that goes to show I don't have many - and none till now with KLR.
What is happening now, has been mentioned in another thread that I can't find again, but the problem wasn't really addressed there anyway- so I hope I'm forgiven for repeating this here.
One problem: Songs I look for, which would be safe to assume that many hundreds (if not thousands) of users would have - only return a few results, if any at all. And then, Kazaa seems to go to sleep and stops searching all- together. And nobody has been Up-loading from me either, for the past few weeks, and I have NO limit on up-loads. As soon as I would log on - there would be somebody up-loading immediately. Not anymore.
If I do manage to get a file I want into Traffic, the message is nearly always -'not enough users are sharing this file' - or 'more sources needed'.
And I have noticed a dramatic decline in the number of users on line too. Tonight, there are only 408.000, and not that long ago it would have been 1.400.000 or more.
Another difference: It used to take a few seconds to open Kazaa and start searching - now it can take 10-15 minutes to just get connected. I start a search, leave the comp on all night - and mostly get no results.
And for the past few months, a pop-up appears (Poker ad) and I can't do anything until it loads and I delete it. Would I be wrong in thinking it interferes with the loading of Kazaa??? Sometimes Kazaa has frozen when I deleted the ad.
If I do manage to get a file downloaded, sometimes there is no sound. I've noticed that this is most likely to happen with the higher bandwidth and the faster downloads, but has happened with the very slow ones sometimes also. Yes - I have MP3Shield - but mostly forget to use it.
And that is another thing - the slow DL's are so slow they are nearly going backwards!!! Like - .8kbs. This has only started happening in the last month as well. So something weird is certainly going on.
I typed 'Alan Jackson' in Search tonight - and only got 52 results, and only one person sharing each of those files. Previously for Alan Jackson, I got MANY MANY hundreds of results, with hundreds of people sharing the same file. I clicked on a few to DL, and managed to get one song after a 3 hour wait. I know that could be because that person wasn't logged on - but you can see that this is not normal.
While searching for answers on the net, I came across a site called Ares P2P, so checked out the forum. The word on there is, that Kazaa is dead and full of Adware, Pop-up's, Spys and corrupt files, and as a consequence their membership is growing quite rapidly. Nobody had a good word to say about Kazaa at all - everything said was negative. This is the link for the latest version:-http://www.peerevolution.com/forums/showthread.php?p=37278#post37278
I have NO intention of abandoning Kazaa - I love it too much - so I hope you have a few answers as to what IS happening, because it's starting to smell badly of sabotage to me.
Before you ask - yes I have tried switching SN's - and no I don't have any Virus, Trojan, Spyware etc on my computer.
Will be extremely thankful if you have any answers for me - and I'm sure others too, as I just can't be the only one experiencing this - surely not?????
Cheers and many thanks just for reading this - Colette.