Mirroring/sharing your files with Shareaza

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Network, Security, Tools
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Downloading from, or helping to mirror a collection like Mapraider, is far easier than many of you think, so I thought I’d cover the subject of using Shareaza. …


Mapraider itself uses the power of Shareaza to distribute the files in a painless way over many networks, and avoids the issues of torrent seeding.

Step 1.
Download the correct Shareaza (information) Current version 2.7.9.0
Unfortunately the evil Discordia company has been cyber-sqatting every p2p site it can grab. All .com sites for Shareaza, Limewire, iMesh bareshare…etc. are fake, with fake software.
Shareaza only use Sourceforge for distribution http://shareaza.sourceforge.net

Step 2. Configuring
I recommend configuring Shareaza before adding your shared folders. During the quickstart wizard just leave the default folders for now. You can add your archive later.
During the quickstart, it is worth enabling the “Power mode” as this adds a network icon to the GUI.
This makes it easier to see who (or what) you are connected to.

By default, the current version 2.7 has the old G1 network disabled (Gnutella, Limewire, Bareshare etc.) because of the amount of spam and fake results.
To re-enable it, look in Sharaza’s advanced settings (CTRL+P) and look for the section “Discovery.EnableG1GWC” and set it to “True”

Shareaza already knows about server and host files for G1, G2, e2k and torrent. Other networks will have to be manually added.
You can add more e2k (eDonkey) servers if you wish, but the Swedish “eDonkeyServer No2” in the default list is probably the largest you will find. (You can set it as a priority server via “right-click”)
⭐ Hit “F8” or go to the “Host Cache” menu option, in the advanced section of the “View” menu.
View->Advanced->Host Cache.

Here you can also import any server lists you have downloaded.

OPTIONAL: UPDATED Lets add the DC++ network.
You can stick to hubs based in your own country if you wish, or just use the largest (or even a pre-arranged hub).
http://www.dchublist.org/hubs
http://www.directconnect.free.fr/index.php?content=hublist-en
http://www.dchublist.com
I install the complete list, and often connect to 2 large servers in different countries.
All NMDC & ADC hubs – http://dchublist.org/hublist.xml.bz2
The easiest way, is to download it in Shareaza, and then double-click (don’t worry if it does not verify). It will then install all the hubs and start to connect. To stay connected to a hub, you must keep the chatroom open.
TIP: If the file is downloaded to a folder in the Shareaza “Library”, you can just double-click on it in Shareaza.
You can also add “bz2” as a managed format.

Step 3. Security
Visit the security forum and get the filter/blocklist. >HERE<
The link is always on the “Home” tab in Shareaza.
Press “F7” to open the security section, or from the menus “View->Advanced->Security”
Due to the amount of spam ZIP files being spewed out by fake results, the filter blocks ZIPs, so we need to fix that.
Look for the line that starts “.zip$” and change its setting from “Deny”, to “Accept” or “None”.
(I am going to make a new one. For now, look at the security picture below.)
 In-depth look at security

Step 4. Sharing (final step)
OK. you are ready to share your archives.
Click the “Library” button (2nd button) and you , and click on “Share Files”. Now add the extra folders you wish to share.
It will now scan and “Hash” all the files it can see. If you are sharing a large collection this will take a while!
As each file is hashed, it becomes visible to the networks.
By default it scans the files in low-CPU mode, but if you are not doing much else, you can switch it to fast-hashing.

Shareaza lets you add or correct “metadata” in/on all files.
You can add star-ratings and reviews to your favourite mods and maps, which helps people see which files are good and trustworthy.
Shareaza can also see into ZIPs and RARs etc. so users can see inside a remote file (and even read the readme) to make sure the file contains what users expect.

:ninja: I am often connected to 8 networks (3x G1 / 2x G2 / 1x e2k / 1x DC++ / 1x torrent).
and share over 200GB. (try doing that with a torrent program!):ninja:

TIP: when doing your first searches, you will get lots of spam results from Limewire scumbags.
Your first search, should be the default “any filetype”, and search for “I @m @ SP4M file” or “Spam-trap K1LL M3” or anything that should not exist as a real file. (You can even mash some random keys).
All the results that start coming in are fake.
After a few minutes you can start Right-clicking on the files and “Ban-User”. Do this until the list empties.
The longer you waited, the more you can ban in one click. These bans get added to the security filter, so Shareaza remembers it.

Users banned in the file-transfer window, are only banned for the session.
Abusive or suspicious users/organisations can be changed to a permanent ban, so Sharaza remembers it.
I have blocked 2 extra IP ranges that look very suspicious, as up to 7 PCs on the same network, kept grabbing exactly the same files every day, and running different clients from the same IP.
65.199.18.*
66.212.143.*
Adding a security rule (F7) to Shareaza is easy when blocking IP addresses. Just change the last number to a “*” and all PCs on that network are blocked.

That covers all the main stuff, you can tweak the GUI and settings at your own leisure.
Enjoy real file-sharing 😀

Chatting to each-other
For convenience you can add the MapRaider IRC room/channel to Shareaza.
In the Shareaza chat preferences, you can swap the server to “irc.enterthegame.com”

Then once you connect to it in the chat window, you can add the “Mapraider” channel.

Now you can quickly copy and paste links to files, or browse the collection of a user you can see.

Useful links
Mapraider server: Permanent (In the “Transfers” window, click the “Add Download/Torrent” button, and add there.)

shareaza:browse:50.88.250.80:6346

Me: Temporary (dynamic)

shareaza:browse:81.132.24.142:6346

IRC chat room irc://irc.enterthegame.com/Mapraider
Server: irc.enterthegame.com – Port: 6667 – Channel: #Mapraider

Shorten and paste Magnet links for sites and forums http://mgnet.me

Staying safe with p2p: https://vivaldi.net/userblogs/entry/security-p2p
Install security rules from other programs: http://www.bluetack.co.uk/converter/
Block-Lists from various authors: http://www.iblocklist.com
Country IP blocker: http://services.ce3c.be/ciprg/
General help with blocking IPs and sites https://vivaldi.net/userblogs/entry/how-to-block-sites
Alternative hosting/distribution options https://vivaldi.net/userblogs/entry/file-hosting

List of Torrent trackers http://bitsnoop.com/trackers/

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