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When I use Soulseek (which is a p2p file sharing program), I often get a bunch of Malware Bytes popups about blocked IP addresses via the Soulseek app (usually "Trojan", "compromised" or "malware"). I think these are thrown because Soulseek has a feature where you can tell it to search for specific files you're looking for. Also, I think (I am not sure) it checks your Soulseek shared folders to see if you have files other people are looking for. This never actually downloads anything, it just looks. I have added the Soulseek app to the Allow List, but I still get all these messages. Sometimes there are so many notifications that I cannot get to any other internet sites because things lock up. That might have something to do with my also using Maylwarebytes Privacy. I'd like to have Soulseek not checked at all (which is why it's on the Allow list). How would I do that? And how real is the threat of Malware or Trojans via Soulseek if I basically only exchange mp3/flac/txt/jpg/png files?

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2 hours ago, Cronos42 said:

When I use Soulseek (which is a p2p file sharing program), I often get a bunch of Malware Bytes popups about blocked IP addresses via the Soulseek app

As for why Malwarebytes blocks Soulseek software, this is because Soulseek software is what is known as Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications meaning it connects to many different servers/IP addresses (this is how files are downloaded through Soulseek software) and because of this, Soulseek software will connect to a server that is also known for hosting malicious content.  This is because servers/IP addresses are often shared by multiple sites, so while what you are downloading through Soulseek software may be perfectly safe, some of the sites hosted on some of the IP addresses that Soulseek software connects to may be malicious.  Such connections are not a threat however, and you may exclude Soulseek software from the Web Protection component in Malwarebytes to stop the blocks from happening without compromising your protection (your web browser and other critical web-facing programs will still be fully protected from malicious websites and other malicious content).  To do so, add your Soulseek software.exe to your exclusions using the method described under the Exclude an Application that Connects to the Internet section of this support article.

Allow an application to connect to the Internet

To prevent Malwarebytes for Windows from blocking an application you trust, add the application executable.

  1. Click Allow an application to connect to the Internet.
  2. To find the application, click Browse.
  3. Select the application executable you want to add, then click Open.
  4. Click Done to confirm your changes.




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Just now, Cronos42 said:

I'll update the next time I have any problems, *before* posting here and wasting your time ;-)

Never a waste of time. We are happy to assist.

It is here for others who have the same issues to see.

Since the issue is solved, I will close this topic and mark it as solved.

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