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Safe at any speed

Download torrents quickly and safety thanks to this freeware's family-friendly filters.

It's getting harder for developers to make their software stand out in the crowded peer-to-peer file-sharing field. SafeFiles' Rocket Torrents Pro has an angle that will appeal to many users, especially parents. It's an award-winning, adware- and spyware-free BitTorrent utility that does pretty much everything the others do: search for, find, and download files on P2P networks. It supports live media streaming and is iTunes compatible. It offers the usual download resume function, download speed boosters, and security tools to keep you safe. It's in the last category, security, that Rocket Torrents Pro really excels. It claims the software industry's most aggressive screening and blocking of harmful or unwanted content, making it a family-safe alternative to other downloading tools.

The program's installer asks to make Ask.com your default search engine upon installation, but it and the Ask toolbar are optional. The latest edition of Rocket Torrents Pro sports a sleek, updated, black-themed interface with a media player look and a large preview window. The new look improves on the plain Windows style of the older version without compromising its efficiency or functionality, and the familiar menu bar is still there, including the indispensable File, Tools, and Help menus. A tabbed toolbar and supersimple Favorites feature are welcome updates. The Filter feature on the Options menu allows users to block unwanted, junk, or inappropriate content by selecting check boxes or entering specific sites or keywords.

Rocket Torrents Pro is freeware and works in all versions of Windows, from 95 to 7.

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