After I had cleaned a lot of malware from someone's home system, I found LimeWire on the system. McAfee security software was on the system and prompted me as to whether I wanted to allow LimeWire to run or block it. My last experience with LimeWire was several years ago. At that time I had found the free version came bundled with adware/spyware, so I had the McAfee software block LimeWire. After checking on the current version, though, I found it no longer comes bundled with adware/spyware according to the developer, Lime Wire LLC (see LimeWire's response: Spyware) and the Wikipedia article on LimeWire.
Granted, one should never rely on the developer's or distributors' word on such matters, since they will often simply define the terms "adware" and "spyware" so that they don't include techniques used by their software, instead of using the commonly accepted definitions. But, as far as I can determine, LimeWire has indeed been distributed, even in the free version, without adware or spyware for several years now.
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