DC++ contains spyware!

Er, no, it doesn’t.
In the past, a few people have complained that DC++ and its developers collect information about its users. If you believe that, then you’re stupid.
When DC++ starts, the file version.xml is accessed to check if you have the latest version (by looking at the ‘Version’ tag). If you don’t, a popup with the information in the ‘Message’ tag is displayed. If you do, nothing happens. Nothing. Nothing.
If you open up the About box, you can see at the bottom ‘Latest version’. Again, the above file is accessed and the information in the ‘Version’ tags is displayed. Unfortunately, you will have to re-compile DC++ with this string removed if you don’t want your version to be checked against SourceForge.
People also seem to affiliate spyware with registry keys. DC++ does create three registry keys. A ‘adc’-, a ‘dchub’- and a ‘magnet:’-key is created. These keys are of course not essential to make DC++ run. The adc and dchub keys are so DC++ can recognize that you’ve clicked a adc:// or a dchub:// link and act accordingly to open up respective hub. The magnet: is used by magnet.exe (which you might find in your DC++ directory) and it makes it possible for you to click on a magnet: link. This is used for files and not to connect to hubs. To disable these keys from being created (and used by DC++), simply uncheck ‘Register with Windows to Handle dchub:// and adc:// URL Links’ and ‘Register with Windows to handle magnet: URI links’. (Located under Settings → Advanced).

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