uTorrent

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 1156 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.2
File Size:
1.59MB
Date Added:
November 10, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
24,005,496
Downloads Last Week:
50,888
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

Small enough to run off a USB key, but powerful enough to download any torrent in a jiffy (if it's got enough seeders), uTorrent 2.0 is easy on the eyes and smart on your network. The memory footprint for uTorrent is very small, and system resources are barely touched. While you're torrenting, you shouldn't be surprised to find that other programs that use your Internet connection slow down, but the latest version of uTorrent has an answer to that. Called uTorrent Protocol, or uTP, it's a built-in throttling that detects network congestion and slows down the torrent until the traffic jam has dissipated.

Version 2.0 includes a transfer cap, so that users who have had limits imposed by their ISPs can keep track and automatically kill torrenting when that limit is reached. Skins have also been introduced, but there's no skins option in Preferences: instead, you must go to the uTorrent site and download and install them yourself. That's unnecessarily irritating.

The most difficult aspect of using a torrent client is still finding the torrents, but included are both a torrent search bar and a handy RSS feed download function. Subscribe to select feeds, and uTorrent automatically downloads files as they publish. Adding, starting, pausing, and listing torrents takes merely a click each. A speed guide helps you test your ports and adjust system settings for optimal performance, although watch out for the opt-out Ask.com toolbar when you install. Combined with Local Peer Discovery and DHT Network options, and Teredo and Ipv6 support, uTorrent should be the torrent program of choice for novices, intermediate, and advanced users.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 1156 votes

    • 5 star: 604
    • 4 star: 302
    • 3 star: 82
    • 2 star: 37
    • 1 star: 131
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 88 votes

    • 5 star: 40
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5 stars

    "Has every useful function"

    July 24, 2014   |   By ScriptureTrachtenberg

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    Safe to use.

    Cons

    Well, nothing to be said

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  • 1 stars

    "Downgraded to crapware"

    July 23, 2014   |   By coffeesaurus

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    Free, fast, lots of useful features. Whatever...

    Cons

    All the time you save on downloading will be taken up with frustrating attempts to rid yourself of all the crapware, spyware and home page hijacks. Trusty little uTorrent may be gone for good. In its place, lots of NSFW ads and junk. When I upgraded to the latest version, there was no custom option, but it installed Conduit search which hijacked all 3 of my browsers on my personal laptop. It even hijacked the Chrome browser on my office laptop because I stay logged in on all my devices. Sure, I was able to remove it, but it took time and effort when I could have been doing something more useful, like enjoying what I just downloaded.

    Summary

    Edinburgh1 is right..Stay away. uTorrent vendors: you should be ashamed of yourselves. I would rather pay for a quality client than deal with friggin' Conduit and their so-called "Search Protect".malware. What a joke.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very good for magnet downloading!"

    July 16, 2014   |   By chawanwa

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    Reliable
    Well-managed
    Easy to use
    Practical
    All in one

    Cons

    Too big advertisement banner.

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  • 4 stars

    "love the ease-of-use!!"

    July 04, 2014   |   By femok1e

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    ads geared toward y.a.m.s

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  • 4 stars

    "vary good for movies and games !!!!!"

    July 01, 2014   |   By berezin1981

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    its fast most of the time for movies and games

    Cons

    most programs take to long to download 3to4 days!!!!!

    Summary

    i can live with it !!!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome client that gets the job done"

    June 09, 2014   |   By StanDoherty

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    This client is by far the best there is, works great with multitracker torrents as well as single tracker torrents. Does not consume RAM resources like Azureus or Bitcomet.

    Cons

    Does not consume RAM resources like Azureus or Bitcomet.

    Summary

    Almost no installation required and this latest build offers the possibility to search torrents through your browser (but if you used Firefox consider downloading the btfx plugin wich gives you over 10 different sites on the search bar). It provides you with a nice newbie setup at first and also lets you fine tune the program if you're a pro.

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  • 1 stars

    "(((( WAS GOOD, NOW INFESTED WITH SNEEKY DOWNLOADS ))))"

    June 06, 2014   |   By Edinburgh1

    Version: uTorrent 3.4.2

    Pros

    Easy to download torrents.

    Cons

    It upgraded automatically and was bundled with MYPC BACKUP and SEARCH PROTECTION.

    (((((((DO NOT DOWNLOAD)))))))
    (((((((DO NOT DOWNLOAD)))))))

    Summary

    Was a good client, now sadly gone, My security lit up like a xmas tree.
    Malwarebytes warned me, unchecky warned me and so did Winpatrol.
    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS USELESS PIECE OF MALWARE!!

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