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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.

uTorrent 2.0 looks to the future:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BSOD after latest update"

    October 2, 2012  |   By TresaG

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    No pros in the latest version

    Cons

    Whenever its running, I get the BSOD. Since last week, I have had more than 10 blue screens. I had a Beta release. I unistalled it, then intalled a stable release from their site. Still happening.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Becoming annoying"

    September 29, 2012  |   By kendawson

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    Does its job well.

    Cons

    Changes to the interface ever the last few years have irritated me. When things aren't broke, why do they keep fixing them? The pre-ticked boxes for installing it's own toolbar and search engine during the installation are annoying. Why the hell would I want a utorrent toolbar or let them change my default search engine?

    The interface is too wide and if I narrow it, half the information disappears.

    Summary

    Good program but annoying interface.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "LOL following techniques as ou governot good anymore!"

    September 25, 2012  |   By Diamun

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    000000000000000000

    Cons

    everything

    Summary

    sucks

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it's supposed to do beautifully."

    September 11, 2012  |   By NancyGallaher

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    I love using uTorrent software for my downloads. It's fast enough. It doesn't take much disk space. It can be customized the way I want. For me, it works.

    Cons

    Well, I don't like that fact that it installs additional software. While installing the program, I have to stay alert so that I don't 'agree' to install anything else I don't need.

    Summary

    I admit, that the program isn't perfect. But it works for me, so I give it 4 stars out of five for just keeping me satisfied :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "How the heck do I downgrade?"

    August 29, 2012  |   By Aikousha

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    None with this upgrade... in fact there are five very good reasons, and a possible sixth to not get this upgrade!

    Cons

    Bloatware and unwanted and unnecessary baggage. Downloading without file extensions, random stopping of torrents, sidebar data and selections not matching list, interference with device charging, and most likely system destabilization.

    Summary

    The previous version (3.1.2?) worked very well, with the exception that it left processes running when you deliberately exit the program. If you didn't manually terminate those processes under task manager, the program would not re-launch when you wanted it later. I figured when the 3.2 upgrade came up, that this would fix the issue, so I let it auto-update. BIG MISTAKE!
    It failed the update completely, not finishing past the first install screen, and pretty much breaking everything, and it even left the 3.1 version information behind. It made such a mess, I had to do a complete uninstall and clean-up. Wasted almost 3 hours getting that done (including a registry clean).
    Decided to grab a fresh copy and do a clean re-install. Unfortunately that worked. It installed, but it is so broken and messed up, it's not worth using anymore, and I have to use Vuze now.
    Version 3.2 now has the following "features:"
    1. On over 75% of the files downloaded, they don't have extensions attached... so you have to guess what they should be, or manually open the .torrent file with wordpad to find out what it should be... this however is difficult to do if you are downloading C programs where they all have the same name, just different extensions, and you have to figure which took priority and what overwrote what other file...
    2. The sidebar, which should help keep things simple (Seeding, Active, Downloading, etc.) is broken... the number that follows in parenthesis doesn't hold true... i.e., I have it show "Downloading (9)", which is correct, but the list presented has over 35 items in it... same thing with "Completed (24)", which should be correct, as I have a number of items which are stopped... but the list is empty.
    3. Since the only list that can be worked from has so many entries (basically everything), it took a while for me to discover that it was also randomly stopping the torrents in the list (and not restarting them). So it appears part of my new torrent job is to come home and restart all the torrents that stopped while I was at University... ***!?
    4. Now, I can't be certain of this next one, but I think it's telling... since the update and re-install... which was via uTorrent directly, and then from here... I have had 3 BSODs, and they have only occurred while uTorrent was running (I don't leave it on all the time, especially since a lot of the torrents are private person-to-person, or person-to-lab, sending or receiving items too big for e-mail, or not appropriate for the University servers.
    5. Oh, and there's all that crap that they now try to sneak in during the install... since I tried to clean install this a couple times, I had to be very careful I didn't miss any of those checkboxes to keep the crap off this computer... I normally expect this type of garbage from Windows software, but I had done this so many times, it would have been easy to miss one of them. Oh, and then there's the annoying advert for Plus that sits in the sidebar. I did find out of frustration, that you can make it disappear by right-clicking on it... but I'm guessing that little un-listed option will be gone in the next version, at least at this rate.
    6. And this I just discovered... it interferes with my iPod's ability to charge! While it is running I get a little yellow triangle telling me that charging is incompatible "with this device." The device is the basic USB-Dock Connector cable, which can't be incompatible unless something is trying to do something it shouldn't. Who added the device stuff... I thought this was supposed to be a lean program?

    Now since there are so many variations in the Windows systems and set-ups, I don't know if some of this will happen to everyone... but the previous version at least worked properly until after I exited it. And no other changes were made to my system during this little nightmare... except uTorrent, itself, and the required registry clean-up.
    Win7-64 Ultimate, 2.53Ghz Intel Core2Duo, 8GB, 500GB HDD

    Anybody know where to get a previous version... where the basic stuff up to the inclusion of magnet-links, works?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Worth the Price"

    August 25, 2012  |   By Jibaku

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    I've been a loyal fan of Utorrent for years, thanks to the simplicity it claims to aim for ("a very tiny bitTorrent client"). But today I finally acquiesced to the constant notifications badgering me to install yet another update, and I am incredibly disappointed.

    Cons

    When it presented the tic boxes for me to sign the User Agreement - yet again - it had tic boxes pre-checked to accept things I did not elect, that have nothing to do with the application I'm trying to continue using. Things which are so blatantly needless and universally undesired that they can only be panned off on users by unscrupulous means:

    1) a UTorrent toolbar
    2) a switch from my default Search provider to a UTorrent one

    I hate to see a product I respect use tactics that I don't, but I tolerate it because I understand the reasons. I de-selected 3 check boxes. I then realized the last box was for the User Agreement, so re-checked it. As I did, the two above re-checked themselves. I unchecked them again, leaving only the last box checked. Unfortunately, the next time I opened my browser there was a uTorrent toolbar taking up the top of the screen, thanking me for installing it. I spent the next while manually uninstalling it from every web browser I have on my machine.

    Summary

    Utorrent has no right to the claim that it's a light application when it's laden down with mandatory, insidious, bloatware. This is not free software. Just because the price isn't in dollars, doesn't mean it's not a price. One that many, like myself, are less willing to pay than an honest dollar.

    On a lesser point, changing the entire interface with every update is not necessarily an asset, either. Simplicity means function, dependability, and no unwarranted baggage. Remember that, or prepare to move over for the next developers who do.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Used to be great but seems to be going downhill"

    August 18, 2012  |   By wolf_emperor

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    Fast and lightweight program.

    Cons

    Installs unwanted software and changes default search engine.

    Summary

    Utorrent used to be my favorite P2P program until they started trying to get money off of Utorrent plus. It seems to have slowed down and there has been less and less support for non-plus users. They also seemed to change the optional installations such as the browser bar and default search engine into required installations. Unless they start going back to how they used to be I would say switch to a different P2P program such as Vuse or Tixati.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Program"

    July 21, 2012  |   By faizal109

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    Takes up less space, Easy to use, Fast

    Cons

    No Cons :)

    Summary

    I agree using utorrent

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Awful, just Awful. Get Tixati instead."

    July 19, 2012  |   By JimmyCrackCornball

    Version: uTorrent 3.2

    Pros

    none, it's awful.

    Cons

    slow, adware, spyware, basically it sucks.

    Summary

    Don't even bother with this. Get Tixati instead.

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