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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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Ads can be removed with simple click in uTorrent"

    June 15, 2013  |   By NascB

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    Insttall ready to go.
    It is known fact that ADS ARE OPTIONAL, here is your guide to remove them:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Sponsored-Ads-from-uTorrent

    Cons

    Ads are killer for any app. Look at android, all that have them noted a 87% drop in downloads and use.

    Many of true control options are almost hidden and not easy to really @control@, on the other hand, once you install it (now, versions 3+) you are ready to go almost no tweaks are needed, unlike old days where tweaks were like its PHD engineer in networking is needed at your side.

    Summary

    I never was a fun of add supported software even though it is absolutely a must today.

    uTorrent is one stable, reliable, fast and clean way to download from bitTorrent repositories arround the globe, as much as your friends back drive too. It is the sam client as BitTorrent since same team is making it. So you really get original Torrent client as a tool.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MANY ADSVERTISEMENTS"

    June 4, 2013  |   By Lina_Inverse

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    USED TO BE GOOD

    Cons

    ADDED A LOT OF CRAP AND I WON'T BE USING THIS EVER AGAIN!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Scumware Alert!"

    May 15, 2013  |   By BonkersTheClown

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    uTorrest was the best torrent program for years and years.

    Cons

    The installer offers you several freeware installs. That'd be no big deal, just you just uncheck the boxes, right? But Conduit toolbar -- a fairly nasty piece of crapware -- will install with uTorrent and you won't be given a chance to opt out. Conduit will hijack all browsers simultaneously. Problem has been ongoing and unresolved for two or three years now. After researching the problem, apparently bittorrent/uTorrent have a contract with Conduit and are making a lot of money from them. So don't expect this problem to change anytime soon. And the most recent uTorrent seems to get a bit lost looking for peers and handling magnets.

    Summary

    uTorrent was great and it can be great again. Just need to clean up the mess.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DOG POO ADVERTS!!"

    May 13, 2013  |   By MeowWws

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    WHY DO I NEED TO BUY DOG BUCKETS WHILE DOWNLOADING A MOVIE I LIKE?

    Cons

    JESUS CHRIST!!

    Summary

    Utorrent history is gone!! Now they are filled with nonsense adverts and broken seeders!! Guys, all switch to Tixati please!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This product simply is not good anymore."

    April 23, 2013  |   By HombreGranJefe

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    It functionally downloads torrents.

    Cons

    It's riddled with ads. It doesn't automatically initiate downloads anymore. Magnet downloads have stopped working. After manually initiating a download, it usually takes several minutes to ramp up to speed, on a ported fiber connection.

    Summary

    uTorrent has been on a slow, steady decline ever since BitTorrent bought them out. Well, they've reached a point now where the product isn't worth downloading anymore. Tixati or BitLord are both better applications, but have worse interfaces. Please don't support this product anymore. Get something worth your time.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Loyal but disappointed..."

    April 23, 2013  |   By error1984

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    Based on overall performance, I really couldn't find any stand-out improvements.

    Cons

    As stated by "robonik_b" this version is a step back for the program. I would agree and stick with an earlier version. I found the 3.2 beta version works great in comparison.

    Summary

    I'm still sticking with this program but prefer not waiting weeks for files, so choosing an earlier version might be a good idea. I feel the new updates were an honest effort at improving minor things, but the larger things took a toll as a result. (i.e. performance)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Switching to Tixati because of ads in uTorrent"

    March 24, 2013  |   By eicoehn

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    I've been using uTorrent for several years. It worked very well for a long time.

    Cons

    Some time back it started losing my active torrents when closed and reopened. Now that uTorrent has ads I have just switched to Tixati after seeing it recommended at Gizmo (techsupportalert).

    Summary

    Tixati seems at least as good as uTorrent ever was, and Tixati has no ads.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Interesting. UTorrent says there are no updates."

    February 5, 2013  |   By trappy

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    Usually an improvement

    Cons

    Not interested in adding ads or add-ons. Fail

    Summary

    Interesting. UTorrent site advised (6 Feb) that there were no new versions when I clicked 'check for updates' - and I am running v3.2.3. Apparently the UTorrent site doesn't know it has been updated!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I can no longer change file information."

    February 5, 2013  |   By robotnik_p

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    One con has erased any pros this version may have. See below:

    Cons

    When I try to change file info like Album, Artist, Title, I no longer
    have permissions to modify. This means files will not show properly in my audio player (Sansa Clip+). This really sucks. All other podcasts that I download directly from websites I can still modify.

    Summary

    They've managed to take away functionality in this version. Stay away. Keep the old one.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used to be good"

    February 5, 2013  |   By ALASKAMAN666

    Version: uTorrent 3.3

    Pros

    Small footprint although it used to be MUCH SMALLER (Called Micro-torrent)

    Cons

    As others have stated it tries to add junk on your computer.
    Added advertising now too
    Not micro anymore

    Summary

    They sold out to corporate America
    users saw it coming when the company was sold

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