uTorrent

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1167 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.2
  • Total Downloads:
    24,566,023
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 09, 2012
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.8

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    • 2 star 37
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1 stars

"New Utorrent is full of adware and bloat"

December 09, 2012  |  By FutureWeapons

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

Nothing! The new developers are quickly ruining everyone's favorite torrent software.

Cons

Garbage malware upon installation, annoying ads all over the place... and if you have a problem with anything and try to bring it up in the user forums their professional troll moderators will gas your thread after insulting you. Stay away from this rapidly degrading program...

Summary

So sad to see the developers destroying this once universally loved program.

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1 stars

"Malware and ads that can't be removed."

November 29, 2012  |  By rorschach72

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

no pros with this crap

Cons

Malware sneaks in regardless of install options. Ads show up in utorrent window and can't be removed.

Summary

Get something else.

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4 stars

"Its good but my ISP hates it"

November 22, 2012  |  By zeoh417

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

Very small and light for my pc.. no problem running it..
In my first months of use it did really great in downloading the contents I need... It also seeds well and the interface is all I need to get every information about the torrent .. I also liked the comments box where I get to see what everybody thinks about the torrent.

Cons

After a few months of downloading and seeding files, It became slower and slower.. It never seed and when I download new stuffs the speed was terrible.. 10kb per second!!! It wasnt utorrent, but rather my isp was blocking it as it turned out..

Summary

Im going to install it again after I get a new internet subscription.

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5 stars

"Fantastic Product!!!!!!!!!!"

November 19, 2012  |  By terdyc1

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

Works very fast.

Cons

Nothing bad to say.

Summary

I have been using for over 5 years and have had no problems. I also have the phone app.

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5 stars

"best torrent download utility"

November 18, 2012  |  By my1nameisdavid

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

I have been using it for years! Small and powerful! A lot of features and, yet, easy to use!

Cons

None that i have found!

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1 stars

"Not Worth the Price"

November 17, 2012  |  By Jibaku

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

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:

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 stars

"Installs malware! Avoid!"

November 12, 2012  |  By BlondeSniper

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

None at all, avoid!

Cons

Installs malware, browser hijackers & unwanted toolbars in all your browsers. No way to opt out. Even if you have read every single line and unchecked all additional add-ons, it will install them anyway - they have admitted it. Very difficult to remove all components of this sneaky malicious program. Consider this software a threat to your computer security. Should not be allowed on CNET.

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4 stars

"Choice for novices, intermediate, and advanced users"

November 12, 2012  |  By WyTHuK

 |  Version: uTorrent 3.2.2

Pros

good, clean, and ad-free torrent client with low system requirements

Cons

Privacy concerns

Summary

The uTorrent executable adds a directory and some option information to your PC, but it is still small enough to run off an old USB key. The memory footprint for uTorrent is very small, and system resources are barely touched. Our testers found that IP phones were difficult to use with a torrent, but uTorrent's simple button interface makes it easy to pause downloading.
The most difficult aspect of using a torrent client is finding the torrents, but included are both a torrent search bar that links to MiniNova 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 or two each. A speed guide helps you test your ports and adjust system settings for optimal performance.
Even though uTorrent is now owned by BitTorrent, there haven't been many noticeable drawbacks, if any. Some tried-and-true BitTorrent options are available to uTorrent users, such as Local Peer Discovery and DHT Network. The latest version also includes Teredo and Ipv6 support, and patches a critical security error that has been discovered in all pre-1.8 builds, making this one of the secure torrent clients around. Throw in all the other features, and that should make it the torrent program of choice for novices, intermediate, and advanced users.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.2
Version 3.2.2 has added new offer platform displays in-client offers from BitTorrent and software partners and fixed peer ID bug causing disconnects.
General
Publisher BitTorrent
Publisher web site http://www.bittorrent.com
Release Date November 08, 2012
Date Added November 09, 2012
Version 3.2.2
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory P2P & File-Sharing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.61MB
File Name uTorrent.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,566,023
Downloads Last Week 50,386
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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