BitTorrent

BitTorrent

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 693 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.7.3
File Size:
1.57MB
Date Added:
January 11, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008
Total Downloads:
23,101,400
Downloads Last Week:
12,370
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: You will be taken to a third-party site to complete your download. Using P2P and file-sharing software to distribute copyrighted material without authorization is illegal in the United States and many other countries. CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

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.

Editor's note: Using P2P and file-sharing software to distribute copyrighted material without authorization is illegal in the United States and many other countries. CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 693 votes

    • 5 star: 296
    • 4 star: 171
    • 3 star: 76
    • 2 star: 31
    • 1 star: 119
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  • 1 stars

    "Failed to install"

    May 22, 2014   |   By torath69

    Version: BitTorrent 7.9.1

    Pros

    No Pros to Mention

    Cons

    I could not get it to load even after downloading 3 times.

    Summary

    Failure

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  • 5 stars

    "Saved Me Tons of Money"

    February 16, 2014   |   By JingleSara

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8.2

    Pros

    Saves money
    Awesome software
    Pretty quick download times

    Cons

    You put yourself at risk for a virus

    Summary

    This program has allowed me to download tv shows, games, and movies for free. It's saved me a ton of money and it has allowed me access to content I could never have afforded. I love it!

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  • 5 stars

    "More than you could ask for"

    February 06, 2014   |   By Sampson5115

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8.2

    Pros

    FREE
    Download all sorts of content for personal viewing or to upload to a website.

    Cons

    Occasionally gives you a virus.

    Summary

    If you know how to restore your computer to the day before, then you should definitely get this software. I've only gotten one virus, but it was a bad one. However, I just rolled my PC back to the day before and it was fine. This has saved me literally thousands of bucks on games, music, and tv episodes. It's also given me content for my website! Yay!

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  • 1 stars

    "CAUTION: Bittorrent loaded with malware!"

    October 23, 2013   |   By NachoMan007

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8.2

    Pros

    works well, except for Conduit malware that is a serious pain in the A** to get rid of. What were they thinking? Evidently CNET hasn't scanned Bittorrent in awhile else Bitorrent would certainly fail. I would seriously avoid this otherwise good app until Conduit is removed from the install package.

    Cons

    Contains Conduit malware. A royal pain to remove from your system.

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  • 4 stars

    "never had a problem"

    September 28, 2013   |   By tombradbury

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8.1

    Pros

    Easy to install and easy to use.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    I think the previous commenter either works for or wrote another program similar to BitTorrent and is just trying to sway people away from BitTorrent or didn't know what they were doing and is just pissed off.
    I've been using BitTorrent for several years and never had a problem with the program. It's easy to install and easy to use and unless they've changed it drastically over the past year or so, there's no BS, just a simple program that does it's job.

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  • 1 stars

    "Hijacks your Home page"

    August 23, 2013   |   By 4bettal

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8.1

    Pros

    Installs toolbars and other programs without your knowledge

    Cons

    install this at your own risk!

    Summary

    It comes with a ton of junk too!If you install this do so at your own risk! I removed this toolbar with system recovery and waste 3 hrs to fix every thing back....

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great."

    May 11, 2013   |   By gwetrwevsdf

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8

    Pros

    This is a great client that isn't heavy on system resources. My PC is a bit low on system resources, so this works great. I used to use Vuze , but I almost couldn't do anything else while it was running because it was too heavy for my PC. This is not the case with BitTorrent. I can easily multitask while this is running.

    Secondly, it almost maxes out my connection without tweaking any of the settings, downloading at the highest speeds possible for healthy torrents (although I should say my connection is on the slower side)

    I have only changed two settings on it:

    - I put a limit to upload bandwidth (the default is 0 = unlimited) [If you have a fast upload and purely unlimited connection, you should just leave it at 0)

    - I changed the location of my downloads (the default was a place in C drive , but my drive is short of space)

    Basically, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you are unsatisfied with its performance, then you could tweak connectivity settings and check.

    Cons

    None, really. However pay attention when you install it because it tries to install a toolbar and a couple of other things. If you do not want those, then pay attention, read closely and uncheck/ deselect those items.

    I would not call this as one of the 'cons' though because like many other free softwares it tries to install other things on your PC. But,you do have an option to deselect them.

    Summary

    As I mentioned , great client. An alternative (similar) to it is Utorrent, which is provided by the same company.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good also for WIN 7? For Win 7 give 4.5 stars!"

    May 08, 2013   |   By weiss2032x92

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8

    Pros

    Nice visual and easy. Lightweight for system resources

    Cons

    Nothing to say

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Choice"

    March 15, 2013   |   By yaserkelany

    Version: BitTorrent 7.8

    Pros

    Does not exhaust system resources
    Easy to use

    Cons

    Nothing to mention

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  • 3 stars

    "Good Software, but be careful.."

    January 05, 2013   |   By MortanoTech

    Version: BitTorrent 7.7.2

    Pros

    -Fast Torrent downloads

    Cons

    -Endangers your computer to Spyware and Trojans
    -Puts a lot of junk into your PC if you choose not to custom install

    Summary

    I, myself, do not use BitTorrent or any torrent software anymore as I do not wish to risk putting my computer in so much danger of a dodgy download. However, to those who know what they are doing, I would recommend this product with flying colours.

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