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uTorrent re-released as BitTorrent 6.0

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Jul 2007 17:41 User comments (48)

uTorrent re-released as BitTorrent 6.0 Last year, BitTorrent Inc. purchased the very popular torrent client uTorrent scaring users that felt the client would soon become obsolete or even worse, embedded with tracking devices by the MPAA and other groups. Some private torrent trackers have even banned later versions of uTorrent since the acquisition.
Yesterday, BT Inc. released BitTorrent 6.0, which is a rebranded uTorrent. However, uTorrent will continue to remain a standalone client and its community will not be replaced either, ever.

BT 6.0 looks just like uTorrent from the outside but now comes with BitTorrent DNA. There is also no longer a built-in search, but that can be added manually.

When asked about the future of uTorrent, CEO Ashwin Navin said this, “utorrent.com and uTorrent community will exist indefinitely. It’s vibrant and growing, and we value the feedback provided in the forums a lot. It is not our plan to fold utorrent.com into bittorrent.com, but foster growth for both independently.”

There is so far no evidence to prove that new uTorrent builds are being built with tracking code or that they are sending data packets to the MPAA, but rest assured I will be sticking with uTorrent 1.6.

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48 user comments

129.7.2007 18:24

So Bit Torrent is bad? I've been using BT. Why didn't anyone tell me?

229.7.2007 18:45
vinny13
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Use Azureus. That's all.

329.7.2007 19:07

feckin hell, i didnt know any of this mpaa tracker stuff and i use it all the time. Whats so great about Azureus? i like utorrent though its really well put together. im going 1.6 just incase

429.7.2007 19:10

I aswell use 1.6 and never updated. Stick with 1.6!

529.7.2007 19:16

{{double post}}

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629.7.2007 19:16

Yea....ummmm....use opensource.... then you know what's in your client.

Fuck utorrent.

729.7.2007 20:19

I dont think I would even trust 1.6, not sure exactly what version I had on my PC but even when I dont have any torrents added to it at all its still says its uploading (and sometimes downloading) data. Even when I have active torrents the overall DL/UL (bottom right corner) is nearly always a few kb's higher than the individual torrents data rate added up. Which means its sending more data than it should, or that the global UL/DL is very inaccurate.
So Im switching back to Azureus as soon as I can be bothered.

Just checked and Im running 1.6.1

830.7.2007 0:50
Alien13
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1.6 is fine it was released before the BitTorrent take over.

PS - What?!? No thanks to me for letting you know about this!!! J/k - just glad to let ya's know!

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930.7.2007 5:55

Oh well Utorrent was great while it was free 0-o

1030.7.2007 7:29

i never thought id see a torrent client go down the same spyware hill as kazza and limewire. has this happend to other clients also?

1130.7.2007 14:23

what shall i use to be safe, now i run 1.6.1

1230.7.2007 14:31
AXT
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Oh well, I guess this is goodbye uTorrent. That's too bad because I liked it alot.

1330.7.2007 14:55

I have used utorrent for 2 - 3 years. Before that it was Azureus which at the time wasnt that good at all in comparison to utorrent. But if they sold their soles to the Mafia then i will go back. Even though they said 1.61 is ok which is what i have been using.

1430.7.2007 16:05

Ever since this acquisition by bittorrent i have not had much success with Utorrent it was giving me NAT errors all the time. Ever since this year and recently i have changed to bitcomet i have had no issues whatsoever. I did not even have to configure my router. Now thats wat i call a excellent program :)

1531.7.2007 7:01
FlakMNKEY
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Hey can someone tell me if bit comet is safe to use?

161.8.2007 17:21

Originally posted by FlakMNKEY:
Hey can someone tell me if bit comet is safe to use?
The program is safe to use if you also have an ip blocker running also.

You can try peer guardian 2. You can find it on my profile page in on my software watch list.

171.8.2007 18:21

See if yall were running Linux, I'd just recommend KTorrent.

183.8.2007 14:21

Download 'PeerGuardian2' - its free - and then you will be shocked at the information that is gathered from your computer by various organizations such as TIME WARNER and others . PeerGuardian2 will block these unwanted connections to your computer

194.8.2007 2:59

Oh shi-..... I just updated to 1.7.2 yesterday :S ..... crap.

204.8.2007 4:45

I remember why I loved Utorrent feature rich and recourse lite >>

214.8.2007 7:11

Originally posted by stuartgh:
Download 'PeerGuardian2' - its free - and then you will be shocked at the information that is gathered from your computer by various organizations such as TIME WARNER and others . PeerGuardian2 will block these unwanted connections to your computer
Agreed, been using this since i started, i get so many people trying to connect to me.... i mean... common, even the military, LOL. Peergaurdian is a must if you torrent.

227.8.2007 2:34
savlon
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hi every one i am a newbe at this , and if anyone can help me out here i would be verry thankfull, my pc crash at the week end and i had to get it all cleaned out and start again ,my friend done it for me but he put on u,torrent 1.7.2 i told him about this problem he said not to worry but i do and would like my old one back 1.6 but i dont know were to get it, i am running peerguardian 2 and mcfee firewall but still not sure if i am ok, my friend is not into movies etc so i belive he doesent know what hes talking about please some one answer if you can thank you.

237.8.2007 5:13

gaaa azerus wont navi my firewall and stuck at low speeds,went back to UT 1.6.1
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247.8.2007 5:34

Originally posted by savlon:
hi every one i am a newbe at this , and if anyone can help me out here i would be verry thankfull, my pc crash at the week end and i had to get it all cleaned out and start again ,my friend done it for me but he put on u,torrent 1.7.2 i told him about this problem he said not to worry but i do and would like my old one back 1.6 but i dont know were to get it, i am running peerguardian 2 and mcfee firewall but still not sure if i am ok, my friend is not into movies etc so i belive he doesent know what hes talking about please some one answer if you can thank you.
http://torrentfreak.com/utorrent-161-released/

2516.8.2007 6:57

That seems to be the safe bet with these things. Find a version that works, and stick to it.

2614.1.2008 21:44

I'm a little late in this thread. I installed CA anti-spyware on my PC tonight and it identified Utorrent as a trojan. This version 1.75 is capable of sending packets of information from my computer without my knowledge. I have version 1.61 on my other computer and it's fine. This from the CA website

Description
Category

Downloader: A program that downloads and may execute or install software without user permission.

Trojan: Any program with a hidden intent. Trojans are one of the leading causes of breaking into machines. If you pull down a program from a chat room, new group, or even from unsolicited e-mail, then the program is likely trojaned with some subversive purpose. The word Trojan can be used as a verb: To trojan a program is to add subversive functionality to an existing program. For example, a trojaned login program might be programmed to accept a certain password for any user's account that the hacker can use to log back into the system at any time. Rootkits often contain a suite of such trojaned programs.




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2715.1.2008 5:28

Originally posted by Unfocused:
That seems to be the safe bet with these things. Find a version that works, and stick to it.
I would not say that, the updates to Utorrent were great but since they have been bought out and no longer a group of people making the best program they can the program has died for me and the died at under version 1.7.

2825.6.2008 0:19

I to just now installed CA Yahoo Anti Spyware and upon running the program it labelled UTORRENT 1.7.7 as a TROJEN. I currently also have BITCOMET, AZUREUS and BITTORRENT 6.0.3. installed on my computer but they weren't labelled in the CA Anti Spyware. I use to use UTORRENT 1.6 and want to re-install it because it was fast and one can properly tweak it for personnel touch, it also ran good with Windows XP with the updated service pack 3.

2925.6.2008 0:26

Originally posted by irebel:
I to just now installed CA Yahoo Anti Spyware and upon running the program it labelled UTORRENT 1.7.7 as a TROJEN. I currently also have BITCOMET, AZUREUS and BITTORRENT 6.0.3. installed on my computer but they weren't labelled in the CA Anti Spyware. I use to use UTORRENT 1.6 and want to re-install it because it was fast and one can properly tweak it for personnel touch, it also ran good with Windows XP with the updated service pack 3.
it dose not take much for a false positive I ran UT 1.7.7 with kaspersky and checked it http://virusscan.jotti.org/ was probably infected from where you downloaded it

3025.6.2008 2:15

Ok, and so did several million other people! download (CA YAHOO ANTI SPYWARE), its free, run it, see what happens and then post another comment. If its all good then maybe post the link for others to use.

3125.6.2008 2:50

Originally posted by irebel:
Ok, and so did several million other people! download (CA YAHOO ANTI SPYWARE), its free, run it, see what happens and then post another comment. If its all good then maybe post the link for others to use.

the malware scanner
http://virusscan.jotti.org/
will run it through all the main av apps out there to see if its infected.

3225.6.2008 15:10

I, too, am coming into this thread more than a bit late. I scanned my uTorrent 1.7.7 at the link provided by Zippy [http://virusscan.jotti.org] and came up clean with every scanner. It looks like I'm still good to go.

3325.6.2008 15:16

Originally posted by grinnz:
I, too, am coming into this thread more than a bit late. I scanned my uTorrent 1.7.7 at the link provided by Zippy [http://virusscan.jotti.org] and came up clean with every scanner. It looks like I'm still good to go.
FYI past 1.6.1 they did tweaking for "bit torrent" so anything about 1.6.1 leaks info to the media mafia or to bit torrent so its loss/loss stick with 1.6.1 until a better light weight BTC comes along.

Speaking of which I hate ABC,Azerous,Bit comment,ect has a beter BTC come along yet?

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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3425.6.2008 15:18
corn
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Originally posted by 713tex:
So Bit Torrent is bad? I've been using BT. Why didn't anyone tell me?
Just don't use the bittorrent client, thats all.
I love uTorrent, WTF?
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3525.6.2008 15:22

Originally posted by corn:
Originally posted by 713tex:
So Bit Torrent is bad? I've been using BT. Why didn't anyone tell me?
Just don't use the bittorrent client, thats all.
I love uTorrent, WTF?
uTorrent 1.6.1 and under is untouched freeware gold its the best BTC yet everything else fights with my firewall and can never configure in/out bound traffic right.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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3625.6.2008 15:49

I agree, if you have utorrent 1.6, stick with it. Now would somebody post the link so that I can downloaded it. I had to reload windows and lost it. I just dont want to download from a bad source! I had used it for over a year and tweaked utorrent and my system to be able to download 14 programs in 1:40 mnts with a 2.0 processor and 1gb of ram with no disk overload. Its wonderful to be watching a movie in 15 mnts after starting the download.

3725.6.2008 16:04

Originally posted by irebel:
I agree, if you have utorrent 1.6, stick with it. Now would somebody post the link so that I can downloaded it. I had to reload windows and lost it. I just dont want to download from a bad source! I had used it for over a year and tweaked utorrent and my system to be able to download 14 programs in 1:40 mnts with a 2.0 processor and 1gb of ram with no disk overload. Its wonderful to be watching a movie in 15 mnts after starting the download.
here you go
http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=utorrent
1.1.1 though 1.7.1
^^



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3825.6.2008 17:00
corn
Inactive

I'm using 1.7.7
I haven't had any problems, all my ports are forwarded and I get decent speeds. Still though, MPAA spying on what im uping/dling is bad news.

3925.6.2008 17:08

Originally posted by corn:
I'm using 1.7.7
I haven't had any problems, all my ports are forwarded and I get decent speeds. Still though, MPAA spying on what im uping/dling is bad news.
ya thats why some trackers ban 1.7.+ on sight, altho the spy factor might be over hyped you can't be to careful....

I think it was a bug in 1.7.0 that made it unstable or corrupt data or something then the merger news came in then a land slide of 1.7X descent started up.
http://www.zeropaid.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=44112



I wonder if someone has made a lie version of "bit torrent" based off the new utorrent build... :X

mmm wat dis?
http://www.btlite.com/html/about.htm

looks like a spy ware nightmare but could it be a real BT lite version?

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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4025.6.2008 18:43

Thanks for the link Zippy, I should mention that for the month I have been using bittorrent with no problems for the exception that its pretty slow, you just cant tweak it like you can utorrent 1.6. It is also super slow when on broadband compared to 1.6. utorrent 1.6 ROCKS. Thanks again Zippy!!!

4125.6.2008 21:04

Originally posted by hikaricor:
See if yall were running Linux, I'd just recommend KTorrent.
Too clunky and it's made specifically for KDE though I know it'll work on GNOME. I rather use a speedy application that looks like the original BitTorrent in some ways but is very revved up - Transmission ;)

uTorrent was always crap to me. VERY SLOW and the features only made the application worse in my opinion. Azureus was my preference if I wanted a nice GUI combined with a great service and a feature-rich client. It's also the client I use mainly for Windows, and Transmission for Linux.
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4225.6.2008 21:20
corn
Inactive

I just use Azureus, or "Vuze". The only issue I have with it, is that it seems like Vuze is taking up alot of memory. Also, I notice PeerGuardian not blocking as many things. Should I be concerned?

Is anyone using the Bittorrent Client? I hope not, I used it one time and it was so slow. I think I actually only got like 10kb/s, which is terrible.

Also, I did some heavy uploading/downloading last night. I was using 1.7.7 (uTorrent) version, should I be worried? Thats one thing I'm worried about.

Any precautions I should take with Vuze?

4325.6.2008 21:53

Well that's funny because with AZUREUS It took me 2 days to download a movie with about 30 active seeders! With a properly tweaked system there is nothing like UTORRENT for high speed downloading with no disk overload. Anyone I referred to UTORRENT 1.6 to were ecstatic on the difference in the time it took to download a program.

4425.6.2008 22:04

Originally posted by rvinkebob:
Originally posted by hikaricor:
See if yall were running Linux, I'd just recommend KTorrent.
Too clunky and it's made specifically for KDE though I know it'll work on GNOME. I rather use a speedy application that looks like the original BitTorrent in some ways but is very revved up - Transmission ;)

uTorrent was always crap to me. VERY SLOW and the features only made the application worse in my opinion. Azureus was my preference if I wanted a nice GUI combined with a great service and a feature-rich client. It's also the client I use mainly for Windows, and Transmission for Linux.
thats odd I have tried all the BTCs and Utorrent was the only one to work right.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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4525.6.2008 22:30

And simple. Thanks again Zeepy for the link. I downloaded UTORRENT1.6 and using it right now, I've got 13 downloads going (aprox. 9800 mg) at 1.3 mgbps, man is she kicking ass again once more.

4625.6.2008 23:17
corn
Inactive

I got a little over 290 kb/s (normal speeds right now), so idk, it took me about an hour to dl a 500mb file. I kinda like Vuze.

4726.6.2008 11:31

Thanx for the oldversion link Zippy.

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