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Editors' Review


BitTorrent hadn't seen a major update in about two years, but that was before it bought out uTorrent. Now, adopting its new sibling's interface has completely reinvigorated the original BitTorrent client.

Previously, BT had lacked features that other torrent innovators had spent time testing and investing in. Now, in one fell swoop, BT has access to everything it lacked. You can pick which files in a torrent you want to download, throttle your Internet connection to suit your whims, muck about with the Web UI and, basically, do everything that uTorrent can do.

There's an RSS tracker and search bar, just like in uTorrent, but there's where we encounter one key difference. Where uTorrent's search takes you to the MiniNova torrent site, BitTorrent's goes to BitTorrent.com, a pay-for-most-content site. There's also a menu bar item in the BitTorrent client called Get Stuff, with links to Movies, TV, Music, and Games at the BitTorrent content site.

Without a doubt, BitTorrent has taken drastic steps to reverse course and unsink its sinking ship. Although BT still eats more memory than its new sibling, it's hogging significantly less than before. The install file reflects the new code, shrinking from nearly 6MB for version 5 to less than 1MB for version 6.

BT also comes with a small piece of software called DNA. The BT site calls it protocol for "Delivery Network Acceleration," but beyond a nebulous description, it's hard to tell what exactly it does.

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1 stars

""Protocol error 4""

November 01, 2012  |  By terrapyn

 |  Version: BitTorrent 7.7


Since it doesn't work and they don't support it, I'll go with "none".


Upgrade to 7.7 resulted in problems with upload, as reported with the error message above on Dimeadozen's user profile page. Effectively, uploads don't happen. Bittorrent user forum has (had?)a thread: http://forum.bittorrent.com/topic/7792-protocol-error-4/page__p__25664__fromsearch__1#entry25664 If they've pulled it you may be able to look at google cache

Problem is easily repeatable, and I readily mitigated the issue by installing 6.4c from backup. Problem resolved. Definitely something in the new 7.7 install.

My post on the user forum thread noting the above has been deleted four times. After the last time I find I am no longer allowed to visit the forum. I did not leave any inappropriate comments (unless pointing out a bug is inappropriate).

I might have looked for a fix and upgraded to a new working version. Now I'm in the process of moving to a new client entirely.


Broken product. Non-existent support. User forum that hides rather than responds to problems.

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"Hijacks your Home page and search option."

October 25, 2012  |  By CW66

 |  Version: BitTorrent 7.7


Used to be great.


No opt out of Toolbar, search hijack and homepage hijack.
Very disappointing.
Don't touch with a barge pole.


An ugly move by Bittorrent. Avoid.

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"Used to be good. Now junk!"

October 14, 2012  |  By kieranmullen

 |  Version: BitTorrent 7.7


It downloads torrents


It comes with a ton of junk too!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.7
Version 7.7 adds torrent window remembers its location and Magnet link contents now pre-loaded in add-torrent dialog.
Publisher BitTorrent
Publisher web site http://www.bittorrent.com
Release Date September 20, 2012
Date Added October 10, 2012
Version 7.7
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 1.75MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 23,808,949
Downloads Last Week 9,702
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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