Download and Upload Files For Free With eMule
eMule is a peer-to-peer (P2P) app that makes efficient file sharing possible, and best of all, it is completely free. This file sharing client network was developed over 10 years ago and is an improved version of the old eDonkey2000 with lots of new features. eMule is open source, all the source files are available online from the eMule project.
The software has around 4 million users around the global so it is easy to find content that is rare or otherwise very difficult to come across. Corrupted downloads can be recovered quickly without the need to re-download the complete files: only the corrupted parts are transferred again. Furthermore, you can search for files that are in other alphabets than Latin.
Users are encouraged to share files within the application, not just leech. User are rewarded for uploading frequently via a credit system that takes into account how much data has been transferred between two clients. Users must spend time in queue before they can download a file. If a user uploads frequently to a client, the time spent in the queue of that client becomes shorter. All credits are stored in a file named clients.met, and the client is identified via a hash that is unique to each user. Note that you cannot save your own credits; instead, the client owing you the credit will save it for you.
One major con is that advanced corruption handling does not apply to rare files. Moreover, not all users are able to upload and download as they wish. Slower download speeds can be caused by the fact that IP addresses that are unable to connect successfully to the network are added to the “Bad source list” that bans them for 15 to 45 minutes.
The network servers classify users as “low ID” and “high ID”. Under the former category fall those users whose computers are protected by a firewall or who have an IP address that ends in zero, which makes it impossible for them to make contact with other clients in the same category or to be contacted regarding any network activity. “Low ID” users can upload and download files, but there is a limit, and they cannot receive notifications about their place in the upload queue.
While this is not exactly a disadvantage of the program itself, you should be aware that the Internet is overcrowded with fake eMule sites. These are modified versions of the official website that try to cash in on the app’s growing popularity by asking you to pay one way or another. Some sites condition membership on payment, while others ask users for their credit card details. Moreover, most of these fake sites aim to infest your computer with spyware, so be careful.
eMule is one of the most downloaded projects on the Internet, but this application is only available for Microsoft Windows Operating System.