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Thursday, April 25, 2002

KazaA Lite

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Are you looking for a place where to download Kazaa Lite?
(September 3, 2004)I have identified a new online resource to download Kazaa Lite as most online resources offering Kazaa Lite have been forced to close.

Please check:

And download from there your preferred version!


P2P file sharing is one of the hot technology trends of the moment. P2P offers the opportunity to share and exchange files of any kind without the control of a centralized authority or the interests of a commercial entity.

You can read more about P2P and useful technologies I reviewed in this area on:
"Collaborating and Sharing Your Know-How Online"

Several interesting tools had recently appeared and among them, two stood out for their ease of use and fast growing network of users: these were Morpheus, more specialized toward a music-oriented audience and KazaA targeted at a more general public. Both tools had been developed by a Dutch company based in Amsterdam.

The sad news came when users, me included, started to discover that both tools installed SPYWARE software on your PC without you being aware of it.
(Read more about Spyware on: Collaborating and sharing your know-how online - Spyware)

For the same reason CNET has recently removed KaZaA from its download listings.

This normally would not be an issue for those who read the fine print, since it is mentioned in KaZaA's legal notice. But it must be made well known that in this case this third party software severely threatens your and my privacy.

The software installed as spyware by KazaA (from Brilliant Digital) goes even beyond that point, acting more and more like a virus. The real workings of these third party software is not sufficiently explained to the end users by KaZaA.

The legal notice is very long and difficult to understand, particularly for those whose native language is not English.

Fact is that most users of KaZaA don't even know that there was some third party software installed by KaZaA, and more important what the software does and why.

When KaZaA is uninstalled, the third party software is not removed. Removing all traces of this third party software is very difficult, if not altogether impossible in some situations. It has taken me a good time investment and disturbing several friends to fully understand ho to get rid of this nasty beast. Virtually impossible for an average user.

KaZaA should make much more transparent and clear about what software gets to be installed when somebody decides to use KazaA. It should also make very clear what that additional software does, BEFORE end users install the KaZaA software. This is the only way in which it can be guaranteed that the end user has the choice of using the KaZaA client including all third party software, or not using the KaZaA at all.

Since I have limited control and power in making this a reality I am here providing information and access to a new alternative resource that can provide the average user a choice to be able to use the KaZaA client without being mislead by KaZaA.

N.B.: A dummy .dll file is placed by Kazaa Lite upon installation in your selected directory. This is just a "dummy" file which has no effect on the functionality of the program. It is likely placed there to make Kazaa believe it is running as it expects to.

Normally this file is part of an ad-aware program that I have mentioned before and that is called Cydoor. Do not delete this file even when ad-aware programs report its existence. It is harmless but it is indispensable to Kazaa Lite to run properly.

Download KazaA Lite and enjoy ethical and SPYWARE free P2P file sharing at:

New download location (updated December 21st)


N.B.: (December 2003) Due to legal action against Kazaa Lite the Kazaa Lite web site is not reachable anymore. I am in the process of finding and listing here alternative sources that you can use either to find this tool or to replace it.

Here is a NEW location where to download Kazaa Lite today. Head here before also this resource gets shut off:

New download location

(December 21, 2003)A new resource to download Kazaa Lite has just become available today as most online resources offering Kazaa Lite have been forced to close.

Please check:

Log on to Yahoo Briefcase as
username: ludwigscarf
password: ludi.33

Once you are in the account, find the KZ Lite folder and download the .exe to your PC.


Kazaa Owner Complains of Copyright Infringement (#1)

August 11, 2003

Sender Information:
Sharman Networks, Ltd. (KaZaA)
Sent by: [Private]
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Encino, CA, 94136, USA

Recipient Information:
Customer Support, DMCA Complaints
Google Inc.
Mountain View, CA, 94043, USA

Sent via: Federal Express

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We act on behalf of Sharman Networks, Ltd. (the "Owner").

As required under Sections 512(c)(3) and 512(d)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. ยงยง512(c)(3) and 512(d)(3)), we are instructed to place you on notice that:

1. The Owner is the exclusive owner of the copyrights in and to the Kazaa Media Desktop software (the "KMD"); and

2. Utilizing the search query, "kazaa," at, the following search results (the "Infringing Material") contain unauthorized copies of the KMD or unauthorized derivative works of the KMD which infringe the KMD and the exclusive rights of the Owner:



Please immediately remove or disable all access to the Infringing Material.

I have a good faith belief that the use of the Infringing Material is not authorized by the Owner, its agents or the law. The information in this Notice of Copyright Infringement is accurate and under penalty of perjury, I am authorized to act on behalf of the Owner.

Should you require any further information regarding this matter, please contact me at the address, telephone number or email address indicated below:

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Encino, California 91436
Tel: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Email: [private]

Very truly yours,


If you want to learn how to exchange music and files without getting spyware on your computer, have a look at Robin Good's Mini Guide to Safer Music And File Sharing.

This Guide provides answers to the following questions:
What is spyware and what can it do to you?
Which kind of spyware does Kazaa Media Desktop contain?
Which other P2P tools do contain spyware?
Are there safe and free alternatives to Kazaa?
How to detect and remove Spyware?
How to prevent Spyware?
Find out more...


Readers' Comments    
2004-06-11 20:53:26


For two days I could open search but not members area. Now norton will not let me access any safe share. Can you help me? Thanks, Bob

2004-04-19 13:13:13


I Just wanted to see if someone call help me, because I have Kazalite, I have been downloading movies fine untill recently, but now when I download a movie, I can only download about 20000 kb, then it says "failed", is there a way to prevent this or continue my download where they leave off, after it "fails"

2004-04-16 11:12:37


use this link for the old kazaa lite download.

2004-03-24 06:06:58


Do a search for kazaa lite on kazaa and you get hundreads of hits. Im not sure how well it works on other networks though. i believe the last version of kazaa lite was 2.4.3.

And if you payed for kazza lite you got very badly ripped off - its free and always has been

2004-03-18 07:46:59


Payed for kazalite on 3/16/04 and have had nothing but problems with it and my computor now. I want my money and I want this program off my computor. Music is not even accessable. Please help contact me ASAP. Thanks, Janice

2004-02-12 11:45:57


Link for curent kazaa lite download grabit while you can before it disapears

2004-02-12 11:45:26


Link for curent kazaa lite download grabit while you can before it disapears

2004-01-12 09:19:11

sophia song

I'm interested in searching and having it downloaded in my PC. But tried for several times, all failed. Any other help in downloading lite would be helpful.

2004-01-08 04:42:47

Carrington Kelvin

Some person recommended Kazaa Lite, I have been trying to source it and have it downloaded for a trial, but I can't get it downloaded on my PC.

2003-12-21 23:57:18

Sidney Sherman

Thanks for the info. .the -lite can't be downloaded, either genuine hit's or sharman is doing it .. any other help in downloading lite would be helpful.



posted by Robin Good on Thursday, April 25 2002, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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