As winmx.com hosted the primary WinMX host cache, its demise meant WinMX clients could no longer connect to this P2P network.
WinMX - Help to Restore the NetworkWithin a few days of the site shutdown, technically savvy WinMX users identified several patches and workarounds to help restore WinMX client connections to the service. Two patches are currently the most popular:
Future of WinMXWhile these patches have kept WinMX operational for now, the future for WinMX remains bleak. Being a closed P2P network, no alternative clients exist and no WinMX client source exists to make future versions of the software. It seems inevitable that the entire WinMX network will close sooner or later.
Users who had abandoned WinMX years ago have expressed surprise that WinMX is still a viable service. While several popular P2P networks exist, threat of future legal actions against these other services make the future of mass, free media file sharing on the Internet uncertain.