Win XP Service Pack 2 poised to DESTROY most/all file-sharing networks!
...Because it includes a wee little 'security feature' which KILLS ALL outgoing connections made by a single program if too many connection attempts fail too quickly.
Guess what -- if your file-sharing program tries to download from 20+ people at once and not enough of them respond back QUICKLY enough... Win XP SP2 has decided your program is 'hostile' and blocks it.
Note: With saved ips for old download sources on unfinished downloads OFTEN being offline/gone-for-good, the LIKELYHOOD of tripping this 'security feature' is EXTREMELY LIKELY!
If you want to read some news articles about it, click one of these:
If you want some TECHNICAL information on if and how this may affect you (which may be the case even if you DON'T use Win XP!... click one of these links:
User says Win XP SP2's 'security feature' knocks out e-mule:
User and BEARSHARE DEVELOPERS says Win XP SP2's 'security feature' knocks out BearShare:
Note: Microsoft offers neither a 'cure' for this problem, nor a temporary workaround at this time that I am aware of. One reported 'fix' by tweaking registry settings found here:
ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT WORK to solve this problem!
Oh yeah, the patch is probably 1-way too -- if you want to REMOVE it, format and reinstall!