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Full user review
"Not Worth the Price"
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.
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.
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.