uTorrent

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1175 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    25,643,146
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 08, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

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Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    3.1

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3 stars

"Decent app_ADWARE_better free ones_hostile forums"

June 09, 2013  |  By BillD34

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

Installs/uninstalls OK - Vista - can be made "portable."
Doesn't use as much resources as many bt clients.
Lots of options. Many, new users won't understand, Help file doesn't mention (or explain well).

Cons

1) Better, free, open source ones; friendlier forums; won't curse you.
qBittorrent, Vuze. Tixati -not open source.

2)It's now adware & wants to install toolbar. They DELIVER TARGETED ads to uT, not just offers at install.

3) As urje808 said, forum admin - DreadWingKnight & "regulars" totally insane, over the top condescending, foul mouthed, non -provoked anger issues. NEVER seen ANYTHING like it.

Goes off on polite users; curses- calling D**k Head; locks useful topics; bans/threatens to, w/o warning.

Good luck needing help. Don't believe it, search the forum & WEB. He's a "Soup Nazi."

Used to be more users / other mods? answering questions, but I guess they got their fill. Now it's mostly him, couple of his fanboys that are just as bad.

4) Bugs seem to take a LONG time to fix. Things that worked in last version, not in next.
5) Many settings/options NOT intuitive; Help file WAY out of date.

6) Closed source. Since it's TARGETED adware, you don't know WHAT it's doing.

Summary

Decent - not nearly as good as used to be.
Are other better, open source, non adware ones w/ MUCH friendlier forums.

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5 stars

"Pleasantly wonderful."

June 03, 2012  |  By Peque1920

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

It certainly works like a charm with the torrents.

Cons

So far, it's the inability to exclude free downloads like the ubiquitous toolbar or underwater sunshine.

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4 stars

"Good program. Simple and fast"

May 27, 2012  |  By egamabr

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

Fast end simple

Cons

Why they insist change my default search engine?

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5 stars

"Simple and effective"

May 26, 2012  |  By eboutin

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

Simple to set up
Works well
Plenty of options to help with bandwidth management

Cons

None found yet

Summary

A small footprint package that works well.

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4 stars

"Lightweight but powerful"

May 24, 2012  |  By pruther

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

Light on system resources and simple to use. Gets the job done.

Cons

Not the cleanest of interfaces.

Summary

Definitely the best lightweight torrent application out there at the moment.

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5 stars

"brilliant super fast"

May 20, 2012  |  By justjulie1977

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

its super quick

Cons

i haven't found any

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1 stars

"Network Nightmare"

May 15, 2012  |  By bugsquash

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

Great for downloading almost anything you'd care to, client small and simple

Cons

For anyone on a network of any sort this software is a total nightmare - generally if you're NOT the user of the software. It makes gaming a complete nightmare - with ping ratings and jitter going through the roof

Summary

Great at doing what it says - but it's what it doesn't say that concerns me. On a network this thing makes life a misery for everyone else - and it's often not the case that you can just boot the torrent user off the network. This problem has been going on several years - and utorrent don't seem to be able to/want to address the issue. You won't see much about it in their promos - I just wish I could prosecute them for the misery they've caused me let alone anyone else (try a search on the subject -there basically isn't an answer short of shooting the torrent user)

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3 stars

"Used to be way easier."

May 11, 2012  |  By Simcity123c

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

Hardly, I think it's a scam when you buy it. Once you buy it they probably won't give it to you.

Cons

Hate it. I HATE IT. ARGHH. These days people take people's jobs into craziness!

Summary

Right now. These updates are annoying. Extensions, Toolbars, Homepage. NEARLY EVERYTHING IS WORSER NOW!
I remember uTorrent used to have a diffrent logo. The old logo was way better then then the new one. You guys should keep the old version which is more better then this crappy updates

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1 stars

"deceptive adware"

May 09, 2012  |  By wigra6

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

does its job very quickly.... BUT

Cons

installs toolbars and other unwanted staff even you opt out

Summary

deceptive adware. who likes to be fooled ?
DON`T EVEN TRY TO INSTALL THIS.

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3 stars

"Adware Adware Adware Adware"

May 06, 2012  |  By donok11

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.1.3

Pros

The program is still simple enough

Cons

Adware Adware Adware. What alse to say?
It hard to noticed the adware install noticed and even that I didn't mark the search engine option it still changed my search engine.
It also hide from the add/remove option and I had to google it for uninstalling!
ADWARE!

Summary

Find your self another program

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General
Publisher BitTorrent
Publisher web site http://www.bittorrent.com
Release Date December 08, 2011
Date Added December 08, 2011
Version 3.1.3
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.66MB
File Name uTorrent.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,643,146
Downloads Last Week 37,845
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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