How to get rid of all ads and toolbars in ÂµTorrent
The ÂµTorrent BitTorrent client is without doubt one of the most popular of its kind. Much of it comes from the fact that it works more or less out of the box, is rather light on system resources, and ships with enough advanced options to spend the better half of the day configuring the client.
Complaints have increased in recent time though. Especially the toolbar and adware offers during installation and upgrade, as well as the advertisement that is displayed in the player when it is running have been mentioned in this regard.
The following guide walks you through the process of installing ÂµTorrent on your PC without installing the program's adware and toolbar offers at the same time. The second part of the guide looks at advanced settings in the client to get rid of the advertisement displayed in the program interface.
You can download the latest version of the program from the official website. Here you find downloads for all platforms, access to beta versions, the Android version of the client and ÂµTorrent Plus, the commercial version of the program.
Run the installer on your system after you have downloaded it. The first screen highlights the version of the client that is about to be installed on the system. Hit next here.
The warning screen informs you that ÂµTorrent scams exist on the Internet and that you should only download the program from the official website. Just click next again.
The next screen displays the license agreement. You need to click on I agree to continue with the installation. Here you find information that the program uses OpenCandy to power the advertisement offers during setup.
You can select to create a start menu entry, quick launch icon or desktop icon on the next page of the installer. Click next once you are finished making the selection here. No installation directory was displayed here which felt strange.
The configuration screen will map .torrent files, magnet links and .btsearch files to uTorrent automatically unless you uncheck the option here. The program adds an exception to Windows Firewall and runs it on startup as well unless you disable those options here.
The next offer is an official one, that is offering a free download to all users. This is Bagboy by the Pixies at the time of writing. Just uncheck the "Yes, I'd love to check out this free download" before you click next to ignore the offer.
Make sure you check the "notify me before installing updates" option on the next screen. This displays information about available updates on the screen so that you can control when and how they are installed.
The first adware offer comes on the next page. While offers may differ, you can usually find out if the offer is an advertisement or not by looking at the buttons on the page. If you see accept or decline, it is usually an ad.
This is for Conduit which you may not want to install on your system. Click on Decline Offer to pass.
The second offer is displayed on the next page. You find accept or decline radio buttons here. Note that you also see back and finish buttons here. Make sure you select Decline on the page and then Finish.
You may alternatively get an offer to install the uTorent Browser Bar or another toolbar. The screen looks like the following:
Make sure you uncheck all three options here before you click on the next button.
The ÂµTorrent program starts right after you click on the finish button. The following part of the guide looks only at ads displayed in the client and not at configuring the client in general.
So called in-content ads have been introduced in ÂµTorrent 3.2.2. These ads show up on top of your torrent listing and in the lower left box of the client.
To disable those ads do the following:
- Click on Options > Preferences.
- Switch to the Advanced menu.
- Enter offers in the filter box.
- Set offers.content_offer_autoexec to false.
- Set offers.content_offer_url to blank.
- Set offers.left_rail_offer_enabled to false.
- Set offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled to false.
You need to restart uTorrent before the changes take effect. The top in-torrent ad is removed after the restart while the lower left box ad is replaced with a generic uTorrent Plus offer.
Other preferences that you may want to set to false:
- gui.show_plus_upsell (removes the plus ad that you see in the lower left corner).
Ad offers may also be displayed to you when you are upgrading the client, so keep that in mind.
You have to pay attention to the installation or upgrade dialog of uTorrent to make sure that you do not install adware or other unwanted software on your system. Note that other offers may be displayed to you which makes it difficult to write a guide that prepares you for all eventualities.
It is important that you read each page of the installer carefully to avoid making mistakes in this regard.Advertisement
I used to use uTorrent, but ditched it when they started commercializing it. I use Tixati now. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of uTorrent. However, if you view that statement from the other end you can say that Tixati doesn’t suffer from bloat, fluff, and creeping featuritis. It does torrents and seems to do them very well. It’s also free. There is only one feature I miss from uTorrent and that is the ability to discontinue seeding after a given period of time. Tixati only supports halting seeding based on share ratio. Other than that, it’s been a great alternative. I think I learned about it here, so thanks for that!
Tixati has awful awful queue management, try qbittorrent instead,
Stopped updating uTorrent years ago, note I said updating. The tiny 300k portable exe from 2008 still works and without all the fluff and bloat as Jim said. Granted security and bugs abound but I’d rather put up with a couple errors about my video card (don’t ask me…) than banners and ads tracking everything you do.
I got rid of all that stuff in utorrent by switching to qbittorrent :)
I have used Tixati and qBittorrent and they have been unmitigated crap on my Win7 machine. So I have downgraded from 3.xx to 2.2.1. That’s the last uTorrent version before Bittorrent Inc started pissing on the client. I had tried downgrading even further to v. 1.8.5 but there is a noticeable performance hit. So 2.2.1 seems to be the sweet spot for those of us who love uTorrent but can’t stand the direction the client is going.
I got a better method:
Step 1: Uninstall utorrent
Step 2: Install tixati
I keep using 2.2.1 that’s the last one without ads and… spying on the client, this that been mentioned by some people.
It downloads at the top speed of my line and is stable and smallprint.
Great little software!
Long time user of 1.8.5 without any adverse issues whatsoever.Except maybe that PatchMyPC always does its job & flags up it requires updating.
thanks Martin, great piece of advice
Another vote for Tixati. I used qbit for a while but Tixati is far superior in download speeds on my machine and tried all of the optimizations for both.
Tixati is the best way to go.
Great ! Thanks for the info!
Nice tip. Didn’t know about this. Thanks
Thank you. Didn’t know you can disable ads without going through some sort of hacks.
I must be a fossil because I still use Bitcomet. Everyone always cringes when they hear Bitcomet. I’ve tried others but always revert back to Bitcomet, and besides I’ve been a registered member since Beta, and am ranked pretty high on their membership hierarchy. They have a system that makes sense. The more you share the faster you can possibly download.
When I first started with them I had a 1M cable connection and downloaded at 256b/s or less. Over the years I upgraded to a 5M, 10M, 15M and now 25M cable modem. The more I kept sharing (the share ratio can be set to anything you wish), or you can simply turn on of off at anytime you wish. The faster I can download. I now download at an average of 23.5M/s, that’s megabytes and not megabits.
In the beginning Bitcomet required a lot of background knowledge and in depth knowledge of your computer in order to setup. They were my first torrent client ever so I learned from ground up. Over the years the setup program has become easier and easier and to the point it works right out of the box so to speak. Because I learned about torrents from using and tinkering with Bitcomet I know what they are capable of and how other clients pale in comparison.
I can even set who I want as a seeder or peer (by iP address or client name), or I can block ones I want. Bitcomet in my opinion is the strongest and first company I think of when it comes to torrents. They have in-program ads that pop-up over the dock icon, but they can be disabled in the settings menu. They have no other ads embedded into the program, no scrolling or flashing text ads and it never installs with trial software if you download from the main site. Also Bitcomet is Windows 8 compatible and have a 32b version as well as a 64b version (when I began I used the 32b – I’m now using 64b).
I used to always install utorrent. However, I am positive this is my LAST install of utorrent ever. All the settings martin has pointed out has to be manually set and it is a real PITA to have to do it over and over again on a system reinstall or when installing it at a relatives place. I find deluge my next torrent client. It’s a bit high on CPU resources but I guess I can live with that than through all the painstaking hassles of configuring utorrent to have their shitty ads turned off. Heck, they even made disabling ads as hard as you could possibly ever make.
Here is a good website to start with:
thanks bro worked great!!! you rock!!!
Fellow amerIcans , Use the worldwide standard Transmission .
I had no other options ten years ago in Ubuntu. I was shocked at how efficient and much much faster it was vs Bit – U torrent, Tixati and Vuze, it simply became my go-to. The only issue was that some sites like demon… and torrent…y wouldn’t let you use Today I.
For a while now Transmission is available for Windows all version from 5, 6 ,7,10
Its shockingly fast no ads no gimmics or tracking.
As far as I’m concerned my must have features are all the above along with labels and ability to move in the client and option to stop the client from seeding automatically after download or even at all.
I know I know hit and run bla bla bla. I have seeded hundreds or TB in the last approx 20 years. Now with receiving notices due to seeding, I want control.
Bit and U (same company) no longer allow you to have control or choice.
Thank you Martin. Your tweaks make the programme usable.