Since the football game is finished now, I should answer your question :p
Originally Posted by CNF666
Newb here. Have a question for those who have peer guardian. Is there really a difference beteween them and if so, which one would you guys/gals recommend?
Any help would be much appreciated(sp?) thanx.
Difference between what? Between using Peerguardian and not using it? If it's that, then I'd say that Peerguardian will nowhere provide you with 100% protection. It does, however, offer protection whenever some blacklisted company wants to connect to you thorugh a p2p program which does not happen all that often, but it has happened and will happen in the future as well (Note that you won't be able to block camouflaged company IPs (companies using plain normal IPs like you or me)). Bottom line: Use it if you want, it has no disadvantages I know of and offers at least some protection. As to which program to use, I'd recommend to not use the PeerGuardian standalone program, but The Blocklist Manager
which downloads blocklists at program start which can be converted to popular p2p filesharing blocklist files (i.e. eMule, Shareaza and others) and
popular Firewalls like ZoneAlarm and others. Programs that are not supported by the program itself, might be supported by the more recent Online Block List Converter
. Both porgrams are pretty straightforward so I'll skip the instructions on how to use them ^_^
The advantage is that you don't have another process running in the background using up precious system resource or even causing program conflicts.
Note that some BT clients offer a built-in PeerGuardian protection through plugins, for instance Azureus but many others as well. Refer to the link in my signature for instructions on how to setup Azureus, if you want to give it a try, that is.
Sidenote: Since the tracker will always see your IP, regardless of which you are using PeerGuardian or not, the protection with PeerGuardian is even lower than with "normal" p2p programs.
Wow, now that's an exhausting answer, I surprise myself more often than I want me to :uhoh:
Oh, and stay away from warez; they are evil and it's rumoured that they bite the n00bs :D