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Configure uTorrent for faster downloading

The uTorrent speed can be optimized. This will help you do faster downloads while using uTorrent. Follow the simple configurational tweaks below to get your job done.

NB : Prior to doing any configuration changes please note down the values of the entries that you are changing .

  1. Open your uTorrent.
  2. Now go to Options > Preferrences.
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  3. Now the window that opens, select Connection in the left pane. Now do the settings as shown in the image below.
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  4. Now similarly go to the Bandwidth tab in the left pane. Now put the values as shown below.
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  5. Now in the left pane select the BitTorrent tab & follow the image below.
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  6. Click the Queueing tab in the left pane & do the following changes in the right pane.
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  7. Now in the Scheduler tab uncheck the Enable Scheduler option.scheduler
  8. Now click Apply and enjoy faster download.

If you have a router

  1. Press Windows key + R. Type   cmd & hit enter.
  2. Now type ipconfig in the resulting window and press enter.
  3. Note down your ip address and your default gateway that shows up there.
  4. Now open your default browser & type in the default gateway in the address bar & hit enter. A login panel will open both the fields are generally set to admin by default.
  5. Beneath Applications’ fill out one line for every p2p client that is used.
  6. You have to use ip address, the correct port range and set either tcp or udp.
  7. You can find ports in the actual p2p client’s settings. Those are editable, but be sure to make them same as in the router.
  8. Most p2p apps needs tcp & udp both checked, make sure of it from the FAQ..
  9. Save your settings.

For applying port forwarding for uTorrent consult Port Forward.

Some configurations that are shown here are applicable for my own personal bandwidth. Check your own bandwidth here.

On the ending note, I must mention that not all the settings will be applicable for you or may be the values will differ a bit. But those settings are the most common & works well with most of the lot, so lets hope it works with you too.

Download Torrent Files Easily With Tixati

Tixati is a free, simple and easy to use P2P client that is compatible with the bit-torrent protocol. You can easily create and seed new transfers with this program. It also support magnet links. After a file is downloaded, it moves the downloaded files to a new file location while transfer is in progress or even to a different partition.

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Features

  • 100% compatible bit-torrent client
  • Windows and Linux-GTK native versions available
  • detailed user interface, with views of individual peers, detailed bitfield graphs, and bandwidth usage charting
  • highly flexible bandwidth throttling, including trading/seeding share adjustment and adjustable priority for individual transfers and peers
  • efficient peer choking / unchoking algorithms to ensure fast downloads
  • support for magnet links
  • easy to create and seed new transfers
  • peer, transfer, and system-wide event logging with adjustable detail level and backscroll size
  • move downloaded files to new filesystem location while transfer is in progress, even to different partition
  • full DHT (Distributed Hash Table) implementation including detailed message traffic charting

Tixati is an awesome program, that is simple and easy to use. This program is highly customizable and also an excellent alternative for uTorrent. This program works on Windows and also has a different edition for Linux

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OpenBittorrent Tracker Goes Down

I woke up this morning to check on the status of a torrent I was sharing with my friend and to my surprise I saw that the torrent was showing a red status icon.

I looked around to see if everything was ok, and yes everything including my internet connection was working fine.

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On further research I checked the tracker and saw the problem, the OpenBittorrent tracker I was using for the torrent is showing as offline.

I tried loading the site but it seems to have some problems, there is no official word from OpenBittorrent yet. Have anyone of you been seeing similar issues with the OpenBittorrent tracker?

Will keep you updated with the further news as I come across it.

6 Tools for Anonymous Torrenting Options

When you are surfing on the web, all your browsing history and activities can be tracked by anyone on the internet. Most of the hackers and others always will be on a look out for vulnerable connections. When you are downloading something from the web, there is a probability for others to know your computers IP address, system information etc., and use this information to launch an attack.

To avoid these attacks, you can hide your IP address or fool the hackers with a false IP address. This is done by using the re-routing process such that all your downloads are done using a remote server or by using proxies, this is called “Anonymous Torrenting”.

Here in are some of the tools that enable you to do anonymous torrenting easily without revealing any information about your computer. Both the recipient and the transmitter do not know each other.

1) BitBlinder

To use this application for free first you need to provide small amount of data. Everyone will provide a small amount of data to the system such that everyone’s data is anonymized in this system. When you request for certain data on the network, it is transmitted to the target website passing through number of peers such that one can see the address of the next peer. So, no one knows about the target website or about your information. By this way , you can keep your privacy and protect your identity at the same time.

2) Furk.net

Using this service, you can get a direct download link of the file that you want to download. If you have torrent files, then copy the torrent file location and past the address on Furk.net. Then, the servers of the Furk.net will download the file for you and also acts as proxy servers to protect your privacy and identity. You will get a direct download link where-in you can download the file as a HTTP file by this way you can override the ISP block and with the SSL encrypted links you can bypass the content filtering. You can also search all the Bittorrent sites using the Meta search engine in this site.

3) TorrentPrivacy

TorrentPrivacy will do more than just acting as a proxy. It will encrypt all the Bittorrent traffic using the SSH protocol such that no one can know what you are doing. Your IP is also concealed by rerouting your connection to the servers in Netherland, USA or Canada such that you will be appearing as a user from any of these countries and your original identity is protected. As your IP and identity is concealed, no one can legally sue you and even the ISP cannot monitor your actions. SSH protocol uses 128 bit encryption, it is highly impossible for someone to decrypt the data.

4) I2P installer

This application not only allows you to do anonymous torrenting but also protects your browsing history and IP address from others. Just install this application on your computer and if you are using   Firefox web browser then go to Tools>Options>Advanced>Network>settings in that under the connections select the manual Proxy configuration and then add localhost as HTTP proxy and add port as 4444, same applies to IE and Opera.   Once you are done, you continue with the torrents like you do usually but this time anonymously.

5) Offsystem- Anonymous Torrent Download

Offsystem acts like an online hard disk allowing you can upload or download   torrent files from your computer anonymously. Offsystem adds more number of peer-to-peer connections to make your identity and IP address almost   impossible to track. The network of Offsystem is spread across the world, you can upload a file onto Offsystem from one corner of the world and download the same file from another corner without any problem and that too anonymously!.

6) Nodezilla

This is a P2p Anonymous file sharing network that enables you to share files on various torrents while hiding your IP and system information on the network. You may be connected to the target site through any of the peers on the network. It also provides you with cache feature so that you can gain access to the information quickly.

How To Backup And Restore uTorrent Settings

[Windows] µTBackup (uTBackup) is a simple and nifty utility that lets us backup all our uTorrent settings and program configuration files and later import them into another installation. uTBackup also backs up all the torrents that you have loaded into uTorrent and makes the task of backing up super easy.

You will need to backup uTorrent data in case you are shifting all your data to another computer/operating system. And keeping a backup is also recommended at all times just in case something wrong goes with your system and it is not able to restore the data itself. It happened once with me, and I lost all my torrents. Anyhow, uTBackup solves this problem now.

uTBackup

You won’t need to install anything. uTBackup is a simple exe file that works wherever you take it (i.e It’s portable). Once opened, click the Backup uTorrent files’ option. A dialog box will open where you will select the location the backup will be stored. Give the backup file a name and select save. The backup file will be bearing the extension .utb

uTBackup will backup your uTorrent preferences, settings, labels and other configurations. It will also backup all the torrents loaded into the application. Whenever you need to restore the backup, just run the utility, click the Restore option and select the backup file. Your data will be restored.

Note: Make sure that uTorrent is closed completely when backing up or restoring data.

If you don’t want use another utility to backup data, you can also do this all by yourself without using any software. The folder that uTBackup backs up is located at %APPDATA%\uTorrent that becomes

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\uTorrent

Windows Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent

You can simply copy these folders, archive them into a zip file and store them somewhere else. That’d create your entire backup and you can restore it simply by pasting the folder back. (The application data paths should be as mentioned above, unless you changed them while installing uTorrent.)

As FileShareFreak mentions, uTBackup isn’t officially supported for Windows XP, but it runs alright. I tested it on XP and it works great. Although, to make it run on XP, you’d need Windows Installer 3.1 and .Net Framework 3.5 installed. You probably have them, if not, install them from the linked pages.

Also worth noting is that uTBackup DOES NOT backup the downloaded data of the torrents, it only backs up the meta torrent files (the .torrent files)

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uTorrent 2.0 Beta Released, Adds UDP Trackers Support

uTorrent the popular BitTorrent client for downloading and managing torrents has released uTorrent 2.0 Beta 16081 which adds several functionalities to this already popular client.

One of the most interesting features in this release is the addition of UDP trackers, it is well know that UDP based trackers are more efficient than HTTP based trackers and the addition of support for UDP tracker will definitely cheer up uTorrent users.

Also Read: How to Speedup Torrent Download Speeds

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New Features in uTorrent 2.0 Beta 16081

  • We’ve added UDP tracker support!
  • uTP has been improved significantly over the previous alpha, with many bugs fixed and performance improvements. It’s no longer hidden in Advanced settings.
  • The setup dialog has been overhauled to make it much easier to use and with a built-in speed test. It’s still not quite complete yet, but this will give you a good taste of what we’re up to with it!
  • Transfer caps are now configurable, with usage tracking and graphs.

You can download uTorrent Beta 2.0 by visiting this forum announcement post, it also includes information about the latest changes available in this version.

Please note, this software is in Beta, only install it if you are ready to test it out, it is not yet ready for production use and may have several bugs.

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Boost/Increase P2P and Torrent Download Speeds

By default, Windows allows only 10 half-open connections at any time. Such a limit is imposed to decrease the chances of a worm spreading incase the machine is infected. This also decreases the internet connection’s speed by a certain level. But if you already have a good level of security measures applied, removing this limit does not pose any risk. Torrent downloading speeds are also affected by this limit. Nobody likes sluggish downloads, so P2P Turbo is here to our rescue.

How to Boost P2P and Torrent Download Speeds

P2P Turbo is a small utility that makes the task of increasing download speeds effortless. It increases the open connection limit and thus increases internet speed by a significant degree.

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Upon selecting the Torrent client you use and connection type, you’ll have click on the scan button which will scan your computer for the network settings that have been enabled. It will then tweak your network settings and create a better environment for p2p downloading. P2P Turbo supports many popular torrent clients like BitTorrent, Limwire, Bitcomet etc.

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Within the Advance Settings dialog, you can actually select how many open TCP connections you want, P2P traffic priority, connected peers per seed and lot more settings which not only affect your p2p downloading speed but also normal http downloading speed.

P2P Turbo doesn’t require any installation. Just run the exe file and go tweaking!

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Save Yourself From Infected Torrents

Any person who actively download torrents will tell you that infected and/or fake torrents are pretty common. You will download a 200 MB file thinking it is a movie, but it would turn out to be an empty file, or worse, contain a virus. There are very few effective ways to screen a torrent completely before downloading it. However, what if somebody can screen every torrent for you and only allow you to download torrents that are genuine and safe?

Sounds too be good true? It is not. Vertor (VerifiedTorrents) is a service that screens all the torrents before listing them in their database. They download each torrent and check it for download errors. Vertor also takes screenshots of video files and make small clips of audio files so you can check the quality of the content before downloading it. If there is a description within the torrent file, it is saved as a text file and displayed publicly.

Besides being a heaven for safe and genuine torrents, Vertor is a regular torrent search engine that allows you to search for games, movies, music and all the other good stuff.

OpenBittorrent: An Open & Universal Bittorrent Tracker

Since The Pirate Bay has been acquired by Global Gaming Factory a Swedish Software firm, there has been a lot of news that The Pirate Bay will go legit or take up a paid subscription based format where users will have to pay monthly. Many people have considered this move to be a fall of the Pirate Bay. After all, it was the Pirate bay!

But fear not, a single torrent tracker can’t take down the whole P2P world. The Pirate Bay’s descendent may have already seen the light of the day or let me say, the url of the internet.

We are talking about OpenBittorent. Let us check out what it is.

OpenBitTorrent is a bittorrent tracker free for anyone to use. You don’t need to register, upload or index a torrent anywhere, all you have to do is to include the OpenBitTorrent tracker URL in your torrent.

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Unlike other Torrent trackers, you won’t need to upload your torrent to some torrent indexing site. OpenBittorrent aims to be an open and stable torrent tracker, that anyone can use, without any dependency on another site for the torrent to work.

So next time you create a torrent and use OpenBittorrent for the tracker, you won’t need to index your torrent to a site. Just put in the torrent, pass it and continue the spirit of sharing. These are urls for the OpenBittorrent tracker. You can use either one of them or both:

http://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce
udp://tracker.openbittorrent.com:80/announce

And for those who don’t know how to create a torrent, follow this guide that Keith wrote some time back. How To Create and Share .torrent Files?

Torrent Search Toolbar

These days many users share files online through torrents rather than providing direct file downloads, these torrents are scattered every where across the internet.

Finding torrents can get pretty messy since there are 100s of torrent tracker websites which need to be checked.

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