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"Slow D/L and a PC usage Hog"

August 06, 2014  |  By GIlRavardy

 |  Version: FrostWire 5.7.4


Search torrent sites on Frostwire
easy to understand for basic users
Media Players in program


PC hog, slows everything
Blocked from most torrent sites (will explain in Summary)
Not much for the experienced torrent user


What used to be a great all-in-one torrent downloader has hit ground zero, like a pumpkin shot from an air cannon. I used this a few years back when i was active in torrents (2009-2011). Was a great, easy, go-to program for the casual and lazy downloader. Just recently got back into torrents (2014) and brushed the dust and leaves of Frostwire and updated it. Hoping for good results like I had in yesteryears. DISAPPOINTMENT strikes when i do my search on the in-program engine and nothing shows up... Scratch my head and try different file types and still nothing (or very little). Used to be years ago the search was like google and you had to sift through hundreds or thousands of results to find exactly what you were looking for. Times changed for Frostwire so I found out why.

Here is why. As many know sites get a kickback from advertisers each time the site is viewed. With Frostwire bypassing the sites wih their search engine the sites were not getting their view count, so they weren't getting their $$ for ads on the site. Hence, Frostwire has been blocked from most torrent hosting sites. Since the only great PRO for Frostwire is the internal search engine, it renders it almost useless.

Also, because of this... Downloads are extremely slow. I tried several different ways to speed it up with no success (changing ports etc.). Since Frostwire also doesn't have much for experienced users concerning custom settings... Another bust. Example: downloading a huge file (10gig+) and the average speeds were between 200kB/s-300kB/s (I have a 20MB/s speed).. Needless to say it would take DAYS!!! DAYS??? We all know we would be disgruntled with such poor speed these days. My new torrent program (Vuze) topped this speed by 6 times or more without tweaking the mind-boggling amount of customization settings it has.

Conclusion: Bypass this program, it's time to put this one down. I would never recommend Frostwire to anyone, friend or foe. Hope this review was helpful and have a pleasant internet day!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.4
Version 5.4:
  • Multiple user experience improvements
  • Search improvements, Cloud Integration Updates
  • Multiple bug fixes
Publisher FrostWire
Publisher web site
Release Date September 18, 2012
Date Added September 20, 2012
Version 5.4
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Java Runtime Environment 1.6
Download Information
File Size 22.98MB
File Name
Total Downloads 34,665,986
Downloads Last Week 1,770
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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