How to Download Music Without Viruses

By Joanne Cichetti

When you download songs and videos from P2P and file-sharing websites, there is often a high risk of your computer getting a virus. These viruses are difficult to get rid of and slow down the performance of your computer. The best strategy is to “record” a song playing on the Internet, instead of downloading it from a free source. There are a number of audio capturing/recording software programs that can help you achieve this goal. The recording quality is the same as a downloaded song. Additionally, you do not need to worry about spyware or adware infecting your PC.

Freecorder 4

Step 1

Download and install Freecorder 4 from the link in the Resources. This is a small toolbar application that will appear on your Web browser.

Step 2

Click the “Settings” button once you have installed the application. You will need to configure the source for music. The default setting is “Record from Freecorder Audio Driver.” This will record anything that your speakers play. Also, select a destination folder to save all files. Specify whether you want them in MP3 or WAV.

Step 3

Play the song that you want to download on a streaming website such as Playlist.com, Youtube.com, Myspace.com or any other. As you play the song, click the red “Record” button on the Freecorder toolbar on the browser. You will see a green line moving up and down as it captures the audio.

Step 4

Click “Stop” when you’re done with the song. Access the song from the folder you saved it in.

MP3myMP3

Step 1

Download and install MP3myMP3 from the link in Resources.

Step 2

Launch the application after it installs and click the “Source” button. Select “Stereo Mix” as the sound source.

Step 3

Open your song on websites such as Playlist.com, Youtube.com, Myspace.com or any other site that streams music files.

Step 4

Press the “Play” button on the website and click the “Record” button on MP3myMP3 window at the same time. Click the “Stop” button when the file stops playing on the website.

MP3 Stream Recorder

Step 1

Download and install MP3 Stream Recorder.

Step 2

Open your song on a website such as Playlist.com, BeeMP3.com or MP3raid.com. These websites have a great number of songs that you can play online.

Step 3

Select the URL of the song being played in your Web browser. Right-click and select “Copy.”

Step 4

Launch MP3 Stream Recorder. Right-click and select “Paste” in the address box.

Step 5

Select a destination folder where you would like to save the file after recording. The song will then start recording. When it's done, click “Stop Recording.”

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to download virus-free music without the help of software applications, you will have to go to secure and reliable music websites such as the iTunes store and Amazon. You will have to purchase the songs, but you will not be risking your computer getting cluttered with viruses.
  • You must have an antivirus program installed on your computer, especially if you’re using a Windows-based computer. According to toptenreviews.com, some of the best antiviruses include Bit Defender, Kaspersky, Webroot and Norton. Once you buy and install an antivirus program, your computer will be guarded against all viruses that come from the Internet. Whenever you download a song, simply right-click it before playing and select the option “Scan with Norton/Kaspersky/Bit Defender” (the option depends on whichever antivirus program you have).