If you are one of the 100 million users of the uTorrent client, immediately update it to the latest version. In November 2017, Google Project Zero experts reported a vulnerability that BitTorrent (the company that owns uTorrent) immediately eliminated. Initially, the patch was applied only to the beta version of the program, but so far it has received a stable version. However, it is logical to ask, do people have other alternatives for downloading?
The Alternative Is Real – The Best Torrent Clients in 2019
Problems with uTorrent appear not the first time. Torrent client criticized for the imposition of potentially unwanted applications and annoying ads. UTorrent made the most serious mistake in 2015, when, along with downloading content, the users installed the cryptocurrency mining application called Epic Scale without any notifications. Although, for many years, it did not stop all other users around the globe to search for utorrent free download online.
Do you still trust an application that tricks its users? You don’t have to do this at all. After all, uTorrent has excellent alternatives. And today we will review them.
qBittorent, which many consider being the best alternative to uTorrent, is a free open source client available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. And although open source does not guarantee software security, the fact that you have the opportunity to view the code is credible.
Also, qBittorrent contains absolutely no advertising and potentially unwanted applications and is easy to install. Before the first launch of the program, a notification will appear on the screen reminding users of their responsibility for the distributed content.
The main features of this client are:
· Work with magnet links
· Support for BitTorrent extensions DHT, PEX, LSD, Torrent Queueing and Encryption, which can be configured in Tools> Options> BitTorrent> Privacy (Tools> Options> BitTorrent> Privacy)
- Search engine
- Support RSS feeds with download filters such as Regex
- Web user interface for remote client control
- IP filtering
- Sequential download files (one after the other)
- Advanced management of torrents, trackers, and peers, including queue and prioritisation
- Traffic planner
- Creating torrents in Tools> Creating Torrent (Tools> Torrent Creator)
QBittorrent includes a search engine with a selection of torrent sites where you can immediately start your search.
To use the engine, you will need a Python interpreter, installation files for which are also included. You can activate the search engine in the View> Search Engine menu (View> Search Engine)
You can also add other torrent sites. To do this, open the Search and click on the Search plugins button in the bottom right. Then click on Install a new one and click either Local File if you want to add the qBittorrent search plugin you downloaded, or click on the Web link if you want to add a URL link.
Tixati contains no adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted applications. However, unlike other clients on our list, Tixati does not have open source code. Client installation is not very fast but “clean.” When you first start Tixati, you will be prompted to confirm or change the initial settings regarding the selection of the download folder, the incoming ports and the bandwidth adjustment of the Internet channel. Then Windows Defender Firewall will appear, and you will need to give Tixati access to your network.
The main features of Tixati:
- Support magnet links and DHT
- Ability to set up connection encryption in Settings> Network> Connections (Settings> Network> Connections)
- IP filtering
- Automatic RSS-based torrent downloader
- Web interface in Settings> User Interface (Settings> User Interface)
Like qBittorrent, Tixati has a built-in search engine that allows you to avoid contact with suspicious torrent sites.
Of all the applications in our list, Tixati has the most complex interface, which is due, among other things, to the richness of its functionality. However, this is one of the most lightweight torrent clients.
Like uTorrent, the open source Transmission client has been exposed to virus software more than once.
However, these problems have been fixed, and today Transmission remains the default BitTorrent client on many Unix and Linux distributions, including Solaris, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Puppy, and GNOME.
One of the advantages of Transmission is its lightness. Installation is quick, with no annoying pop-up windows, and ends with a brief notification about the purpose of the application.
The client interface is minimal and functional. The other main features of the application include:
- Ability to configure connection encryption in the Edit> Preferences> Privacy> Encryption menu (Edit> Preferences> Privacy> Encryption)
- Support magnet links, DHT, PEX, etc.
- Web interface
- Web-seed support
- Tracker editing
- Limit download speed – total and each torrent separately
The ability to create a “blacklist” of peers in the Edit> Preferences> Privacy> Blacklist menu (Edit> Preferences> Privacy> Blocklist).