uTorrent 3.2.2 update brings in-content ads

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 9, 2012
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
File Sharing, Internet

Bittorrent Inc., the company behind the popular torrent client uTorrent, announced in August 2012 that it would add in-content advertisement to the software program. Today's uTorrent 3.2.2 update brings those in-content advertisements to the free client (uTorrent Plus users, those paying for the software, won't see the ads in their client versions).

The advertisement is displayed as a single row above the client's download window. The advertisement, listed as Featured Torrent, can be distinguished from regular downloads, even though there are some similarities which may have been added to increase downloads. The yellow background, the instant download button, and the fact that the listing does not use the same width as the download manager columns should give uTorrent downloaders enough hints that this is not one of their downloads.

utorrent in-client ads

The feature cannot be turned off at all in the client, and the promised ad skipping feature seems to have been canceled or not implemented yet. If you update to uTorrent 3.2.2 or newer you are stuck with the advertisement in the client.

If you install the client anew, you will also notice that it still contains two adware related offers. First an offer to install the uTorrent Browser Bar, to make uTorrent Web Search the default search provider and set all browser homepages to uTorrent Web Search, and second a third party offer to install another software on the system.

utorren ads

utorrent more ads

You can only avoid in-content ads in uTorrent if you do not upgrade to version 3.2.2. or newer, or download and install an older version of the client on your system. If you do, make sure you block the update checks in the client to avoid automatic updates to that version.

They can disable automatic updates in the client by clicking on Options > Preferences > General > Check for updates automatically, and update to beta versions to avoid being updated automatically to that new version.

If you are looking for an alternative, I suggest you check out qBittorrent instead which is completely ad-free. You can alternatively download an old version of the client from Oldversion.com.

What's your take on the recent change? Do you mind the in-content ads, or is that something that you can live with?

Update: Kale mentioned that it is possible to turn off the new offer featured of uTorrent after all. To do so click on Options > Preferences > Advanced, enter offer in the filter there and set the following two parameters to false:

  • offers.left_rail_offer_enabled
  • offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled

disable utorrent ads

Click apply, then ok, and restart the program. Make sure it is not only minimized in the system tray when you do that. The featured torrent is gone after the restart, and the left sidebar offer is a static uTorrent Plus ad instead.


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  1. inyb said on November 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks! Kale and “ghacks” the turn off ads feature, saves space and the noise.

  2. Stoner said on November 11, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Any Linux (and Mac?) users should try KTorrent. Fully open source, secure, and can handle a large load very easily (the complete opposite of Vuze in that way).

    1. Ralph said on December 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      why install a bunch of kdelibs when you can just install qbittorrent which is a better client anyway

  3. Jan said on November 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    If you are occasional users of torrent you can use put.io.

    The torrent is downloaded remotely and you can see them in streaming or convert them to MP4 if there are videos. The torrent will downloaded even if your PC is powered down and to have the files on your computer you can download them via browser with direct link.

    There is available free space that can be expanded by inviting friends.
    This is my referer if you are interested: https://put.io/r/X0RC

    I’m really really sorry for my english, I had to use a translator. I’m in a hurry.

  4. katorce said on November 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I recommend you Tixati instead of qBitTorrent.

    1. Lulu said on November 11, 2012 at 12:57 am

      Both Tixati and Qtorrent have issues with private trackers.

      Deluge is the only Windows alternative to uTorrent that can be recommended imo.

      1. Ralph said on December 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Those private trackers run by morons.

  5. David said on November 10, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I heard the toolbar still gets installed despite being declined by the user. That’s why I jumped to qBittorrent.

  6. boris said on November 10, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Horrible crap. I tried to install new version. It was way slower comparing to the old one.

  7. Paul(us) said on November 10, 2012 at 2:18 am

    PM your advice works like a charm. I have put everything as value false (after that I restarted µTorrent ) and no more advertisements.
    Thanks for your great tip.

  8. Roman ShaRP said on November 10, 2012 at 1:15 am

    As I wrote before, I downgraded to uTorrent 2.2 earlier, updates turned off.

    Perhaps I can live with ads like that, but I don’t like “obese” direction uTorrent took in 3.X versions anyway, and ads on top of that are too much .

    1. ilev said on November 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

      uTorrent 2.2 is not secure.

      1. hum said on November 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Care to back that up with some sources?

      2. Lulu said on November 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

        uTorrent has been labeling minor bugs “vulnerabilities” in an effort to force users to update since they purchased it back in 2006. They’ve been called out on this many times.

        afaik 1.8.2 is still the recommended version of many private torrent sites.

  9. kale said on November 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

    it’s actually easy to disable featured torrent add
    options > preferences > advanced > offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled = false

    1. PM said on November 10, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Yes, type ‘offer’ in the advanced settings and turn everything off.

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