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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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  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 1,145 votes

    • 5 star: 600
    • 4 star: 298
    • 3 star: 82
    • 2 star: 37
    • 1 star: 128
  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does its job."

    November 5, 2012  |   By VAUVAU

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    Good file sharing !

    Cons

    Try to install a toolbar and change home page and search machine but read summary below.

    Summary

    If you do not look like many others here that wrote comment, I do not want to use other word, you will not see in download page when you move your mouse, WITHOUT click, on Free download 3 (THREE) boxes that write with GIANT LETTERS:
    Yes. Install uTorrent Control for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome [v]
    Set uTorrent Control Web Search as my default search and notify me of changes [v]
    Set my home page and new tabs to uTorrent Control Web Search [v]
    UNcheck all thes boxes and nothing of these 3 will install of change anything in your browsers !

    Updated on Nov 5, 2012

    Is obvious you DID NOT look the options before you download it !

    Updated on Nov 5, 2012

    This was a message for all of you that write negative comments for utorrent !
    I wonder if you are smammers or competitors !

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING! Crapware will hijack your computer!"

    November 4, 2012  |   By coolyboy78

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    It used to be good in the olde versions, but now I can't recommend anyone to install or upgrade.

    Cons

    Installs a browser bar and hijack all your browsers. The software will change your start up page on your browser, change your default search engine without your permission. You can't opt out when installing it.

    Summary

    utorrent turned from a good software to a lousy one due to some malware that hijacks your browsers. Do not install or upgrade!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage... Pure garbage..."

    October 26, 2012  |   By SushiMahalo

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good about this program anymore.

    Cons

    Bloatware/Crapware. Possibly malware.
    Impossible to not install any of what's mentioned.

    Summary

    Install at your own risk. Guess this long time user of utorrent is now long gone.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nightmare 10 char"

    October 24, 2012  |   By Yawned

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    None
    10 char

    Cons

    Tons of bloatware, beware!

    Summary

    After upgrading the next thing I know, I spent the next 30mins removing it from all my browsers and utorrent itself from my system, and resetting my browser back to default.
    terrible piece of work and an absolute waste of time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What a disappointment! It simply won't work!"

    October 21, 2012  |   By jackcrompton

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    None, as it doesn't work.

    Cons

    New version does not work. I keep getting Error messages whenever I try to download. This used to be an ace product, but not any more.

    Summary

    Don't download. Try to find a substitute.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ridden with Malware"

    October 20, 2012  |   By keef666

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    None now...

    Cons

    This used to be the best torrent client - now it's the worst...
    Yesterday my older version would not open until it was 'upgraded' to latest version.
    Despite the comments here and my better judgement, I thought there must be a tick box to opt out of the toolbars install - there isn't.
    uTorrent started working again, but after removing the toolbars and 'complity' malware it installed in Program Files folder, I find it again won't start until upgraded (so uTorrent now won't work without this malware installed).

    Summary

    After years using uTorrent it has become totally useless software (unless u like being infected).
    Have now permanently moved to Tixati client - goodbye uTorrent, it was nice knowing you...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Warning! Installs crapware!!!"

    October 19, 2012  |   By spider-medic

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    None. Due to the slimy way this product installs toolbars and other crap, you have to assume that it also includes trojans, backdoors or other spyware.

    Cons

    Installs toolbars without asking. Installs extensions without asking. Changes your search engines without asking.

    Summary

    What a disappointment to install utorrent and wind up wasting my time uninstalling toolbars, changing browser settings and then running virus scan to make sure these crooks haven't put anything else on my computer. Do yourself a favor and don't install this crap. It's like a timebomb.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Worth the Price"

    October 19, 2012  |   By Jibaku

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    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:

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

    Things which are so blatantly needless and universally undesired that they can only be panned off on users by unscrupulous means.

    I de-selected three check boxes. I then realized that the last box was actually for the User Agreement, so I re-checked it. Upon doing so, the two above automatically re-checked themselves. I unchecked them again, leaving only the last box checked.

    Summary

    Unfortunately, the next time I opened my browser there was a uTorrent toolbar taking up the top of the screen and thanking me for installing it. I spent the next while manually uninstalling it from every web browser I have on my machine, including those that I rarely use.

    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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avoid this like the plague! Malware & browser hijacks"

    October 19, 2012  |   By Renifleur

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    This product will increase your technical skills as you spend hours removing the malware and resetting your browsers

    Cons

    Maliciously installs malware extensions from Conduit.com on all browsers without permission and regardless of whether you try to opt out.
    Hijacks all browser homepage and default search settings.

    Summary

    I recently went back to Windows from Linux and remember utorrent as being the best. I was shocked to install it this time only to discover that it had hijacked my Internet experience.
    The utorrent name has been ruined and I will never install another piece of software from these malware distributing clowns.
    Do not install this malware under ANY circumstances. You have been warned!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not install this product!"

    October 9, 2012  |   By gachbash

    Version: uTorrent 3.2.1

    Pros

    NOTHING GOOD IN THIS ONE

    Cons

    Do not install this product!

    Summary

    ToolBar cannot be remooved! Home page changed
    Registry changed.
    NO OPTION TO DISABLE TOOLBAR INSTALL.

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