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Azureus continues to download for no reason

By Howard the Duck ยท 12 replies
Sep 13, 2007
  1. I'm seeding right now in Azureus and not downloading any torrents, but despite this the program says it's still downloading at about 10 bytes per second. It seems to be correct because I haven't added any files of any sort (in fact I've deleted a few) and my hard drive's space has gone down about a quarter of a gigabyte. I thought it might be some virus that downloads files from Azureus, but my antivirus program has found nothing.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I've exited Azureus, but how am I going to stop it from downloading for no reason?
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    do alt ctrl delete
    see if its still running,you can stop it there in process's
    hard to turn those things off
    when not in use disable the open ports
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Of course you are receiving, how else does Azureus know what parts of the file to send and to whom?
  4. Howard the Duck

    Howard the Duck TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    So Azureus normally downloads about 10 bytes per second to properly seed? I didn't know that.

    Are they temporary files which are then deleted after seeding?
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Do this.. Cancel all seeding, and remove them from the list, then shutdown AZureus and reboot the system.. What you have describe is not right.. When you reboot the system go into the folder where you have xxxx.torrent and delete those items. Remember not the torrent files you downloaded.
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    may have logging turned on and that will make some files
    I did forget about the small download amounts
    I don't know why it would do that other than they are not downnloads just packets of like handshakes and that they get deleted from a temp file
    gotta watch those torrents stuff no 1 in virus and spyware in my book
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    If done right you won't have to worry about nasty pest... The torrent box should be max protected but don't go over board.

    Spyware Realtime Protection On Max
    Anti-Virus On
    Firewall should be set to ask to access web pages otherwise then you don't know what your getting into. Also Whichever browser your using make sure you have cookies managed. The Browser should prompt you for cookie allow or not.
    Also use Ccleaner daily or if you think something got put on..
  8. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    If i was you id download utorrent and remove azureus .. for one it doesnt take much memory and i personally think utorrent is better but if you like azureus then stick with it
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    You can have both installed... I do but I find that utorrent is slower connections wise than azureus is faster because it's a java client program.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I don't know if they are temporary files. Maybe. But there has to be some data being sent because otherwise your client would have no idea what pieces to transmit.

    Try sending a file over your local network just through explorer, then open up task manager and look at network usage. Set it so you can see sends and recieves. It has to recieve to send, just not near as much.
  11. Howard the Duck

    Howard the Duck TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thanks a lot for the tips everyone (especially those from tipster).

    I removed the torrents in question and rebooted, and started downloading one new torrent to see if the problem would remain. For a second or two the torrent's own dowload speed itself went down to 0.0 kbp/s but the program continued to have a global download speed of about 13 bp/s, just like it did when I was seeding, which led me to believe that this must be normal for the program.

    The only strange thing is that I'm pretty sure I remember seeding a bunch of other torrents while not downloading anything before and the global download speed stayed at 0.0 constistently. The only difference was that those torrents were normal torrents, not torrents I downloaded from the private tracker I recently joined. Perhaps the private tracker requires more temporary files during seeding, because it uses a special mod for torrents that have no peers but many seeders (which included me at the time).

    Perhaps I will investigate the issue further later with aid from your other tips, but the good news is that after I removed the original problematic torrents from seeding (without deleting their actual downloaded contents), my total free memory went up from about 6 GB to over 10 GB, leading me to beleive that whatever data had been used up was from temporary files that Azureus requires, explaining the continued download speed during seeding only. Still, that's a lot of space for temporary files, even though I deleted a few in the mean time.

    So apparently the problem's solved for now. Thanks again to all who helped, it's much appreciated.
  12. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I'm with SNG on this one, I have seen the same thing with uTorrent when I'm only seeding and also during any other network transfer. I've also noticed uploading on torrents that I'm leeching without being connected to any other leechers.

    Think of it this way, you're sending a shipment of food to someone and they tell you they want 5 bushels of apples, 8 dozen bananas, 40 loaves of bread, and 30lbs of meat. You also need to know where you're sending it, who's going to be there to pick it up, etc etc. Except this is all happening on a scale of bytes.

    I don't have any idea what you're going on about with private trackers and special mods.
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Configuration Tips for Azureus

    azureus v2.5.04 is what I use I never bother with the 3 as it's something else now. I did find verion 2.3.06 to be the fastest version yet. The last one which I am using is more stable.

    If you click on Options then click on Advanced Network
    Make the first item you see match what you set your Max Server Connections to: 50
    Blind to the IP address: the pc your are using for BT
    Bind to the local port: the one you use to open ports on your router for BT
    Line MTU: matches your cable: 1500 or DSL 1492

    that's it..

    Then click on Transport Encryption
    Check the first box
    Minmun encryption level RC4
    Check the next two boxes and leave the last uncheck

    Now let's move down to Transfer
    unchecked - greyed
    unchecked - greyed
    unchecked - greyed
    the all of the rest unchecked

    click on auto speed
    check the box
    uncheck box should be greyed
    uncheck box
    greyed box

    click on lan

    check the box

    click on torrents
    click on performance options
    uncheck box
    check box
    check box
    size of cache in MB 32

    uncheck box
    check box
    check box
    uncheck box

    click on save

    Now open notepad


    @Echo off
    del *.torrent

    save this file as: Clean_out_torrent.bat stick this file into your *.torrnet folder (not the file you download) when the torrents are kept. If you really want to create a shortcut or use Windows Task Schedule to automatically run this batch file every 7 hours or more.

    This will clean-up that torrent hash cache folder for you and let you download new or go back to download the file again.
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