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Morpheus
Developer(s)StreamCast Networks (defunct)
Initial release2001[1]
Final release5.55.1 (November 15, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-11-15)) [±]
Preview releasenone [±]
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inEnglish
TypeP2P
LicenseClosed source
Websitewww.morpheus.com at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2008)

Morpheus was a file sharing and searching peer-to-peer client for Microsoft Windows, developed and distributed by the company StreamCast, that originally used the OpenNap protocol, but later supported many different peer-to-peer protocols. On April 22, 2008, distributor StreamCast Networks filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after a long legal battle with music companies; all of their employees were laid off and the official download at www.morpheus.com stopped being available, though for a small period the website remained online. As of October 29, 2008, the official Morpheus website is offline, including all other websites owned by StreamCast Networks, specifically MusicCity.com, Streamcastnetworks.com and NeoNetwork.com.

Availability

Users of the Morpheus community have set up a website (at GnutellaForums.com) where the Morpheus software can still be downloaded. At that site, there is a support forum and support chat room setup from the site[2] and within the client.

Presence of adware/spyware

The current version of Morpheus, version 5.5.1, contains no adware or spyware, and no additional software is bundled with Morpheus.[citation needed] However, when Morpheus is open and running, the interface contains online ads that used to support the application.

During installation, an optional peer-to-peer Morpheus Toolbar is offered. Both the Morpheus application and the Morpheus Toolbar can be easily uninstalled with Windows Add/Remove Programs commands, however this was not the case with previous versions.

Version 5.3 didn't install adware or spyware, though it did install some desktop shortcuts to adware websites and the Morpheus Toolbar without user approval.

See also

References

  1. ^ "StreamCast Networks.....About". www.streamcastnetworks.com. Archived from the original on 10 October 2002. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Clean Updated Morpheus Installers and cache available here!".