Remove P2P Software

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If you have any peer-to-peer (P2P) or file sharing programs installed on your computer, remove them immediately using the guides below. P2P programs are commonly referred to as "torrent" or "BitTorrent" clients and can be used on both Windows and Mac. Popular BitTorrent clinets include:

  • Vuze
  • Transmission
  • Deluge
  • uTorrent
  • Tribler
  • Tixati
  • BitComet
  • Torch

Although P2P software can have legitimate, legal applications (e.g. University research groups transferring very large data sets, or NASA sending extremely high resolution images of space), it is most commonly used for the illegal distribution of copyrighted files (i.e. pirating music, movies, and games).

To combat copyright infringemnet on the UD network, all data is monitored for P2P activity. Users who are found to be using P2P software may face the following consequences:

  • Copyright Violation Notice, potentially leading to thousands of dollars of fines through the United States judicial system, or even imprisonment.
  • Disabled access to the UD network.
  • Required completion of UD's Copyright Education course.
  • Serious computer infections.

Read more about P2P here.

Remove P2P software on Windows 10

  1. On the Start menu, select Settings.
  2. In Settings, select System > Apps & features.
  3. Select the program, and then select Uninstall.
  4. Follow the directions on the screen.
  5. Make sure you reboot the system when you are finished.


Remove P2P software on Mac 10.9+

  1. Quit all file-sharing programs.
  2. Locate the folder containing the P2P software that you want to remove. It is ususally in the Applications folder.
  3. Double-click the P2P program's folder to examine its contents.
  4. Some Macintosh-compatible P2P programs come with an "uninstall" program. If you see an "Uninstall" or "Uninstaller" program, run it ot remove the P2P software. If you do not see such a program, go back to the Applications folder and move the P2P program's folder into the trash.
  5. Empty your computer's trash folder.
  6. Go to the Apple menu and select Restart to reboot your computer.
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Tue 1/7/20 11:02 AM