uTorrent or BitTorrent

By AndrestheBean
May 18, 2009
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  1. Which one is better?

    or is there better than both?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,287   +281

    you are better off WITHOUT EITHER :)

    the *Torrent systems allow uncontrolled uploads which then expose you to
    every virus or trojan that anyone has uploaded.

    AntiVirus software will not inspect these as they come it bits and pieces and thus
    will not find the villains.

    Do yourself a BIG favor -- forget Torrents :)
  3. fastco

    fastco Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,511

    I like Utorrent but just be careful. If you use the Wyzo browser, it handles the torrent downloads for you so you don't need either software (BitTorrent or Utorrent)
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    What he said:
    If you really must know, there is hardly a difference.
  5. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    but if you becareful of what your downloading it shouldn't be a problem.

    for example i always look at the feed back of the torrent before i click download
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    So you already have a bittorent agent? Which one?
  7. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    i have bitTorrent,

    the reason i posted this because everyone says Utorrent is better,
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    Utorrent may have a better UI, and have a lighter system footprint, but there is probably little speed difference.
  9. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 Newcomer, in training Posts: 563

  10. gguerra

    gguerra TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 559

    I've been using Utorrent for years, literally and NO virus problems. Uploads can be throttled which I do and limited to whatever bandwidth you want. I set mine to 15k. As a matter of fact if you must do filesharing, torrents is the best and the safest way to go. I used to use Azureus which is a resource hog. Utorrent is the lightest and best (IMO) client. Bit torrent may have been improved to closely match the features and performance of utorrent.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    Says you ^^, though there are some safe torrents...
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    I haven't had any problems either. Of course, I'm not really that bothered since I use a separate machine dedicated to downloads, and I have weekly backups, not to mention another PC with IPCop installed to act as a firewall + VPN gateway.

    So unless you're stupid enough to use uTorrent\LimeWire or any other file-sharing program on the same PC you keep your personal info on, without any serious security in place, viruses and trojans aren't that big a deal. Also, almost every torrent I've downloaded has been virus-free so far, mainly because I look at the uploader's reputation and user comments before bothering to download it.
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,510   +308

    Saying torrents as a whole put you as risk is like saying connecting the Internet or browsing the web is just as bad, that's my take on it.

    As for a preferred client, a long time ago I used to use BitComet but then dropped it to uTorrent and I haven't looked back ever since.

    The default BitTorrent client used to be plain and good, really simple, too, but I like to have more control so I chose an alternative client. I haven't checked the latest version however.
  14. gguerra

    gguerra TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 559

    Ditto, I do have it on a separate PC. Not to mention my AV will usually pick up anything as it is saved on the HD. In addition if I suspect something I will manually scan it before I open it.
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    The new BitTorrent client seems very "inspired" (for lack of a nicer-sounding alternative to rip-off) by uTorrent IMO.

    Not bad though; it's far better than that resource-hog called Azureus\Vuze.
  16. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    wow guys thanks for the input,

    i think i will uninstall bittorrent and try Utorrent
  17. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Posts: 523

    A few years ago, BitTorrent was slow as dirt trying to dl/ul the same files you would use on uTorrent, so BitTorrent was a waste of time. I think BitTorrent acquired uTorrent, hence the similarities. I've been using uTorrent for years and I think it is excellent.
  18. ChinoNYC

    ChinoNYC Newcomer, in training Posts: 102

    My preference is uTorrent. I've been using it since 2005 and nary have I had a single problem with it. I used to use BitTorrent and one of my friends got me onto Ares, but it's pretty clear that uTorrent was by far the better option so I use it more often than Ares itself.
  19. srvijayam

    srvijayam Newcomer, in training Posts: 30

    I think it's wrong. we can control the uploading files.
    U torrent is better than Bit torrent. He is a way that How to Limit your upload. you can Limit it as 1Kbs
    This is the way
    Add a torrent add right click on that particular torrent
    Move the Mouse pointer to "Bandwidth allocation" menu it will show a menu in that menu there will be a menu "Set Upload Limit". There will be many upload rates. U should select a speed which is very minimum. it depend on your torrent file. after that, again u do what did u before. This time right click on the torrent which u already set the upload limit. select "Bandwidth allocation" then select "Set Upload Limit". This time u will see a minimum Limit which will be lower than what did you see before. So, do it again and again until u set the Limit as 1Kbs. U can set it within 5 or 6 times as 1kbs. Check it and Reply
  20. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Posts: 523

    How are you going to get a virus uploading? The only way I am aware that something nasty can get on your PC is by downloading it. Besides, that is not cool limiting your upload speed to 1 kb/s when you are downloading yourself as fast as your ISP will allow. I upload with no limits and I think everyone else should too and I don't believe I will get infected this way.
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    Good ethics ftw? I had a 4+ share ratio, but now i'm lazy, everyone gets downloaded fast enough (nothing illegal!), and i hesitate to leave it running in the background all the time, so now it is >1.5.
  22. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Posts: 523

    I go for a 10 to 1 ratio. I have cable internet, so I achieve that in a few days or less. If you are going to take, I say give back to the community in abundance to keep it going.
  23. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    I like uTorrent, and have been using for several years now. It has an very light footprint.

    As far as getting virus's from torrents, just be careful what you download, and use sites you trust when you get the torrent file, and read the comments on the file. If the torrent has been around a while, and there are lots of seeders/leechers, and no comments about virus's, I would guess its safe. But its still good to have anti-virus to scan them with.
  24. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Posts: 523

    Well stated. You should scan everything you download for sure from torrent sites. I use the major ones like Pirate Bay, Demonoid, & IsoHunt, so people will comment if they find trojans.

    uTorrent uses very little resources as TorturedChaos stated, so it is excellent for optimizing multiple downloads simultaneously. I downloaded one torrent the other day that was only slightly slower than if I had downloaded the same file off the internet using max bandwidth.
  25. T77

    T77 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 315

    One needs to be careful while downloading torrents since they could contain a virus.i always read the comments before downloading,it has helped me in many cases.
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