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Introduction

Since its inauspicious public appearance just under 12 years ago  bittorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. For the downloader, bittorrent offers an uncorrupted copy of the original with the option to stop the download at any time and re-start from where the download left off (very useful for those on shaky internet connections)
f you haven't yet installed a Bittorrent client on your PC, you should as there are some great freeware clients available.   In Bittorrent the best clients are free.  (In fact, if a client costs money, it is most likely a scam).

This article is part of a series of articles on bittorrent here at Gizmo's Freeware.  If you are not familiar with bittorrent, then before using this article you should read this:

There are setup guides here at Gizmo's Freeware for each of these suggested free bittorrent clients.  Links to the guides are with the product description in the Quick Selection Guide at the end of the review.

This review was prepared on February 8, 2013, and the testing was conducted in the two weeks before that date and used the latest versions of the clients at that time.

Testing

Anyone with knowledge of bittorrent knows that it is nearly impossible to have a testing procedure that is foolproof in measuring small differentials in speed among bittorrent clients.  This is due to the fact that your download speed depends on the upload of other active users and there is no control over their actions while testing.  However, I have been testing clients for this category for several years and am convinced that the better clients can be separated from the others.

There were 7 rounds of testing to boil down the 17 clients tested to the 7 in the review.    Six torrents and three magnet links were used in this part of the testing.  I then conducted several tests in two rounds of testing to determine the Top Pick.  I did post pdf copies of my notes for each round of testing:  Bittorrent Testing 2013 Notes

All of the clients listed in the review had excellent performance on all of the testing, so all are superior bittorrent clients.  The speed performance on the testing was a factor.  Even though the speed differences were small, some consistently performed slightly better.  Features and support were also factors.  CPU and RAM mattered in that a client without many features that had high CPU or RAM use would fall to one with low CPU/RAM use.  Toolbars and addons in the installation process were a slight factor.

Testing was performed on Windows 7 64bit.

About Me

I am not a technical expert, but I  have been using bittorrent since 2003.  Before coming to Gizmo's I was the Administrator at a general bittorrent forum site, giving assistance on a variety of clients, and a moderator at the Vuze fora.  I still view a number of bittorrent fora and the fora of the various bittorrent clients.  This gives me a good idea of what the average user is looking for in a bittorrent client.

Ranking

All of these clients have the basic bittorrent features like DHT, PEX, encryption and UPnP. 

All seven of the bittorrent clients listed here performed excellently on all test torrents.  Speed and performance was a factor, but features and support facilities were major considerations.  A clean installation (without toolbars or ads) was a plus.

Most people just want a client to download torrents, but there are some features that a number of users like to use, such as a built in IP Filter, use of RSS feeds, proxy support, a scheduler and a web interface.

I will make note of those that have installs or other changes to your system that are not necessary for the proper function of the bittorrent client.   I strongly suggest that if you choose a bittorrent client that has these unnecessary add ons, to not accept those changes or add ons.  I have put up guides to help with the installation of the three clients that have these unnecessary steps in the installation process.

 
Discussion

 All seven of these clients performed excellently on all the test torrents and any one of them will meet your needs as a bittorrent client.  There was some slight download speed differentials, but nothing too significant.

tixati-main-screen-thumbTixati is the top pick this year as it runs fast, offers a lot of information and has the most appealing interface in a very efficient package, RAM and CPU wise. 
Tixati always seems to be in active development and the developers are receptive to users input.  The wide variety of layout options are indicative of their responsiveness to users.  Tixati has all the features that an average user wants.
Their help facilities have grown, but have gotten a bit out of date..  Their forums are responsive,
I was surprised to find that Tixati does not support web seeds.  Generally not an issue, but there will be an issue with the 3 million torrents at Archive.org as many of those are seeded by web seeds. 
Many users will like the colored display and the many options for display as well as the vast amount of information offered within a program that uses relatively little system resources.  The clean install will appeal to all.

Pros:  Stable and efficient with a good variety of options.  Developers are active and responsive to user requests.  Attractive interface.  Good help resources.  Clean install.

Cons:   Help resource, though very good, could use some updates.  No support for web seeds.

qbittorrent-main-screen-thumbqBittorrent is the choice for those users that just want to download torrents and are not interested in graphs, extra information and display.  qBittorrent tested slightly faster on the test torrents consistently.  Its RAM and CPU use make it the most efficient client here.
It has all the features that an ordinary user would want. Their built in search runs quick and has a good number of sites included at default.  I am usually not a big fan of built in searches, but this one is superior to the rest.  Plugins for additional sites are available.   
The Wiki  has improved, but is not among the best..  The situation at the forums is good.   Response at their bugs page is excellent and the responses are from the developer.  
qBittorrent has been the Top Pick here at TSA for a few years and was only a sliver behind Tixati this year.  This is an excellent client that is fast with all the features an average user needs with small CPU and RAM use and a clean install.

 Pros:  Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features.  Fastest performance on torrents.  Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users.  Clean install, no addons etc.  Cross platform client.

Cons:  Support has improved, but could be better.   Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).

These next three clients include the Spigot Toolbar along with home page and search engine changes in their installation.  The Spigot toolbar is considered malware by many and their site has a red (high risk) warning from WOT.  2 also have Open Candy software suggestions during install and 1 has software suggestions that may be Open Candy, but I cannot confirm. 

I suggest that you decline all such offers.  Since I have seen so many users complain of the toolbars and changes taking effect after installation, I have put up installation guides (see Quick Selection Guide)  to help avoid these unnecessary extras,

I had considered removing these three from the suggested list because of the Spigot toolbar.  However, since I am going to start re-testing (and re-writing this review) soon, I will leave as is for now.

I strongly suggest that you use one of the other 4 clients suggested here.

vuze-main-screen-thumbVuze  is a good choice for those users that utilize a VPN or proxy, due to its options that can stop all activity off the VPN or proxy (useful if the VPN/Proxy goes down) and its option to disable IPv6 support (for VPNs that have an IPv6 leak.
Vuze is still an excellent client with a wide variety of plugins  and options and information.   They were the first bittorrent client to add streaming capabiities.
Their help resources (Vuze-Wiki and Vuze forums) have taken a step back, but the Wiki is still an excellent source of information and the fora does provide decent support. 
Although the client has improved its RAM use greatly since the Azureus model, it still is the big RAM user here, though this is really not an issue in this day and age.
Their install includes a toolbar and home and search page changes enabled at default.  There is also a software install offered  and it also has advertisements in the Vuze portion of the client (can be avoided by  using the "Classic" interface).
Many users like the intricate details this program provides, its streaming capabilities and its VPN and Proxy support is superior to other bittorrent clients.

Pros: There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need.  Support for VPN  and Proxy use is superior.   Streaming capability.  Cross platform. 

Cons:  Toolbar install and home page change enabled at default on install.  Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).  Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers similar to Open Candy.

utorrent-main-screen-thumbµTorrent has been top pick here in the past and is still a superior bittorrent client.
With the excellent results on the test torrents, the fact that it is a stable and low resource using client and the vast amount of features packed into this tiny program, this is a top flight bittorrent program.  
The support provided by  µTorrent's FAQs, guides and forums is excellent, though it has diminished a bit from past years. 
Streaming to devices capability has been added in recent releases.
µTorrent does try to foist a toolbar, home page change, search engine change and a software download during install.     Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.
µTorrent has become by far and away the most popular bittorrent client due to its small, efficient, feature filled package.

Pros:  Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package.  Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.

Cons:  Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version).  Toolbar install (not necessary for program) and search/home page change enabled at default on install.  Unnecessary software offered during install.   Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

bittorrent-main-screen-thumbBitTorrent.  Everything I said about µTorrent, above applies to BitTorrent as the two are identical in their options and engine.  Both are owned by BitTorrent, Inc., and are developed by the same development team.  If you prefer the name BitTorrent and its purple color over the µTorrent name and its green color, then that would be the only reason to choose this client over µTorrent.

Even though the two clients are the same, BitTorrent is still banned at most private torrent sites (even though they accept µTorrent). 

Like µTorrent, BitTorrent is a small and efficient bittorrent client with a great deal of features and will appeal to many despite the "extras" in the installation.

Bittorrent:  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

These last two clients offer a clean installation and performed excellently on the test torrents.  Their lack of support and some features is the reason they are last on this review.

Transmission-QT (Windows) is a basic bittorrent client that runs fast and has a simple interface.  It is missing some features and does not have much support.
This is not an "official" release of the Transmission team, but has been touted in their forums for years and now has its own site at Sourceforge.
Not quite as efficient, RAM and CPU wise as some of the other offerings here that have more features.
The clean install and basic interface will appeal to those who just want to download torrents and do not need any bells and whistles.  This Windows port of Transmission will give you speed with the best.

Pros:  Efficient and stable with excellent speeds.  Simple interface.  Clean install, no addons etc.

Cons:  Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources.  Missing some features

halite-screenshot-thumbHalite has the smallest RAM use of the seven clients.  It is a clean, small and fast bittorrent client, but lacks some features and has almost no support facilities.  If you just want to download torrents on a client with a simple interface, the Halite is a nice choice.
Halite was off this list in last review as it had not been updated within a year.  The version tested here was released just prior to the testing for this review.  So, there is some uncertainty for continued updates. 
This is a good client for those who want a simple, no frills bittorrent client.

Pros:  Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client.  Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.

Cons:  Missing some features.  Support is weak.  Releases have been sporadic.

 
Related Products and Links

  A full listing of the bittorrent help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware is now at

There are also links to the guides for each suggested bittorrent client in the Quick Selection Guide below.

Tixati
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stable and efficient with a good variety of options. Developers are active and responsive to user requests. Attractive interface. Good help resources. Clean install.
Help resource, though very good, could use some updates. Does not support web seeds.
http://tixati.com/
1.96
10.1 MB (32bit) 11.1 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 7 & 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 Linux
qBittorrent
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features. Fastest performance on torrents. Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users. Clean install, no addons etc. Cross platform client.
Support has improved, but could be better. Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).
3.0.10
12.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Linux Mac
Vuze
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need. Support for VPN and Proxy use is superior. Streaming capability. Cross platform.
Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers similar to Open Candy. Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).
http://www.vuze.com/
5.0.0.0
9.1MB (32bit) 9.0MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Java support /Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8, Linux, Mac
µTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.
Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.utorrent.com/
3,3.1
1.07MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux (Alpha)
BitTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Same as µTorrent above as they are identical bittorrent clients. Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability
Same µTorrent above, except that BitTorrent is not accepted at most private torrent sites. Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.bittorrent.com/
7.8.1
1.07 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux
Transmission-QT (Windows)
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Efficient and stable with excellent speeds. Simple interface. Clean install, no addons etc.
Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources. Missing some features
2..8.0
15.7 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Halite
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client. Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.
Missing some features. Support is weak. Releases have been sporadic.
0.3.4
2.8 MB (32bit) 3.4 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8

 

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Comments

by morrig on 26. July 2009 - 11:24  (25783)

Just a little of track...But has any one used Peer guardian,to make your Torrents invisible to ISP's,as here in UK some chaps have had their internet just pulled by their ISP,seemingly because these ISP's decided that they should be judge,jury and executioner without a trial or warning!
Am asking this for any answers as ,does it slow you down and is it differcult to set-up and use.Just wandering before taking the plunge.
http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

by mr6n8 on 26. July 2009 - 12:40  (25785)

There is a lot of controversy as to whether PeerGuardian (or any IP Filter) does any good.

It is not the ISP that is blocked it is the IPs that are "known" to be associated with media industry groups that enforce copyrights that are blocked.
An ISP contacts someone because one of the media industry groups contacted the ISP with the IP of one of the ISP's customers. The media industry groups troll through torrents (generally the more popular recent movies, albums etc) and note the IPs of those active on the torrent. The media group then contacts the ISP, who then contacts the customer.
Most bittorrent clients have an built in IP blocking feature that is better to use than PeerGuardian.

The controversy basically boils down to this
Those that are against the blocklists state that
1. The media industry can also get those blocklists as they are available to anyone. Therefore, they can just change their IPs to avoid being blocked.
2. The blocklists block many legitimate users and are detrimental to bittorrent as they block out a large number of users. As an example, uTorrent's site is on the BISS blocklist (the blocklist used by PeerGuardian). I have yet to see any evidence that uTorrent has cooperated with the media industry in turning users in.

Those that support PeerGuardian have this study to support their position.
http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2007/10/p2p-researchers-use-a-blockli...
Also, from what I have read the people at BISS are pretty good at finding IPs of the media industry groups.

I have used the built in IP filter in Vuze and uTorrent (using the BISS and another blocklist) and have not seen any difference in my download speed so that, to me, negates the argument of negative impact on bittorrent.

If you want to try a block list, it is better to use the built in IP filter of your bittorrent client as it is more efficient at keeping the offending IP from connecting at all. Those are are pretty easy to set up.

Which bittorrent client do you use?

I do agree with you on the ISPs accepting the word of the media groups without question. It would be almost impossible to prove that someone used bittorrent to infringe on copyrights (Kazaa and older P2P systems were much easier to prove). I am a lawyer in the USA and unless the courts are willing to bend the law (which they may well do) the media groups should never have a case against a bittorent user.

by drewbee on 30. July 2009 - 22:16  (26046)

Very nice keroffs

And in response to the other comment...

Peerguardian cannot protect you from your ISP. "Theoretically" it can protect you from other groups such as media companies and such.

However this is hotly debated and in my opinion folly. Peerguardian blocks 3/4's of the world's IP's in an "attempt" to protect you.

by Brendan Bryson on 13. November 2009 - 10:08  (36554)

Hi this is a site that Tests if your ISP is manipulating BitTorrent traffic

http://broadband.mpi-sws.org/transparency/bttest.php

I have been using it for a while and it is both safe and acurate.

Thanks

by bernardz on 7. December 2009 - 14:54  (38025)

Anyone tried Xunlei, it is suppose to be the fastest and most popular about 30% it is claimed use it

by mr6n8 on 7. December 2009 - 17:01  (38030)

Xunlei (aka Thunder) is a spyware ad ridden client. It is in Chinese.

It is popular in Asia as it is supposed to be effective against ISP interference there.

I found an English version with the spyware adware removed. I found it to be a bit slower than any of the top ten here.

Supposedly the adware in the Chinese version causes high CPU use, but I had no CPU issues with the no-ad English version.

Really only useful in areas with a certain type of ISP interference.

Steve

by bernardz on 10. December 2009 - 14:22  (38191)

Thanks Steve

by Anonymous on 5. March 2010 - 13:43  (45051)

have become fan of tixati
really great
will stick to it for a while

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 0:32  (48669)

Well, having read all the comments, I felt that I have something to say.
Vuze is one of the best P2P client software I have seen or used.
Those who say that vuze should be banned are insane, Vuze as I know is an excellent program, it is even more efficient than Utorrent and the rest.

by Xfiles (not verified) on 23. November 2010 - 9:13  (61548)

I would like to suggest the free BitTorrent client UltraTorrent. The great difference with all client now on line is that UltraTorrent is also a search engine for torrent files over more than 14 torrents Sites. UltraTorrent is lighter and faster than all client torrent known.

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by The Cutter (not verified) on 24. November 2010 - 2:41  (61594)

When using µTorrent or any BitTorrent Client, what do you think about using PeerBlock?

by MidnightCowboy on 24. November 2010 - 7:05  (61603)

PeerBlock is a highly effective tool. You just need to be careful not to go overboard with the number of extra lists you add to it and also where you source them from. This has useful information.

http://www.peerblock.com/userguide/how_to_use/htu-appropriatelists

by M_Jamal92 (not verified) on 6. February 2011 - 0:38  (65898)

TIXATI is my Best Torrent Downloader for approx. 1 Year till now. I prefer it than any other one Because I tried ( Vuze, uTorrent, Bittorrent, Bitcomet, BitSpirit, Deluge & .... ). it going forward than others. Please try it On my own responsibility but read it's Guide.

by IronPlatypus on 15. February 2011 - 14:46  (66477)

Would you consider reviewing qBittorrent? It is a lightweight project whose goal is to be an open-source, cross-platform equivalent to µTorrent. The interface is similar to that of µTorrent, its footprint on my system as I'm running it right now is small, and the download speed doesn't seem any worse than µTorrent's. Also it does not try to install a toolbar.

http://qbittorrent.sourceforge.net/

by mr6n8 on 15. February 2011 - 15:16  (66482)

Thank you very much.
I have added it to my list.
Steve

by Coolmk (not verified) on 18. March 2011 - 6:53  (68138)

I use skdownloader. It has a sleeker interface not filling my screen compared to Vuze and it allows torrent downloads to be added directly from my browser.

www.skdownloader.com

by J_L on 28. March 2011 - 22:57  (68717)

Can you test BitLet? Although it's not actually a bittorrent client, I would like to see how well it compares to the programs you've tested.

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2011 - 0:16  (68722)

I did test BitLet.

I had really hoped it would perform well as it would make bittorrent very easy. No ports to forward and minimal changes to set up properly.

Unfortunately BitLet performed poorly on the test torrents. Its performance on the small and medium swarm torrents was the worst of the programs I tested.

It really had trouble with multi-tracker torrents where one of the trackers no longer existed. This was also common among several of the download programs that added bittorrent support.

It did do well on the large swarm torrents.

I had tested it for the last review also and had hoped they worked out some of the bugs. BitLet made no progress over that 1 1/2 year period.

Steve

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2011 - 0:30  (68723)

I had a strange issue with skdownloader on my Windows 7 64 bit machine. When it got to the section of the install regarding shortcuts to be installed, a blank screen came up and it would go no further. So, I could not test it on 7.

On XP it performed fair. It had issues with multi-tracker torrents, particularly when one of the trackers was dead. It also had trouble finding as many seeds/peers on the multi-tracker torrents as the clients listed here and that hurt its performance on the small swarm test torrents.

Vuze is not designed for those who want a sleek interface. Vuze is for those who want every little detail about the torrent and swarm and want control over all aspects of the bittorrent process.

My basic feeling on sk was that it was OK if one uses it for regular downloads and does not torrent much.

For a regular torrent user, I would suggest any of the top 4 above over it.

Steve

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2011 - 0:35  (68724)

I had been using Tixati since my last review and actually had an optimize guide up for it before they did.

I now am mostly using qBittorrent for public sites and Deluge for private sites (neither qbittorrent or Tixati are accepted at the private sites).

I like the development team at Tixati. They are very responsive to users and put some good effort into their help resources.

Tixati only lost out to qBittorrent this time because of some CPU issues on my XP. I expect it to keep improving and I certainly join you in recommending it and it may well be number 1 here next time.

Steve

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2011 - 0:39  (68725)

Thanks again for the suggestion.

qBittorrent literally came out of nowhere (as I had not heard of it before your post) to take the top pick and it is now my preferred bittorrent client.

A stable and efficient bittorrent client with excellent speed performance.

Your name is in the new review.

Steve

by Anupam on 29. March 2011 - 4:37  (68738)

Tixati was suggested to me by MC. I gave it a try, when recently, utorrent started giving me very low speeds, for reasons unknown. I tried Tixati, and was blown over by the looks, ease, and speed. Its the one I am using nowadays as the default client. I even uninstalled utorrent now.

by MidnightCowboy on 29. March 2011 - 9:29  (68745)

My only concern with something like qbittorrent is what would happen in the short term at any rate if a security vulnerability was uncovered?

I've now got Windows back on one machine and decided to kept faith with Tixati.

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2011 - 10:37  (68749)

qBittorrent being basically a one person operation does give cause for such concern.

However, there has been at least one update per month for the Windows/Linux/Mac versions since June, 2010. So it is in a very active development phase right now and I do not think there would be a problem at this time.

Tixati has a lot of good going for it. I was very close to giving it top pick.

by MidnightCowboy on 29. March 2011 - 11:01  (68750)

Thanks for your valued opinions. I'll stick with Tixati simply because it's fast and gives me no problems at all. If at some other point I feel a need to change, I'll give qBittorrent a look.

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2011 - 18:23  (68795)

If Tixati had not caused the minor CPU issue on my XP it would have absolutely been the top pick, so you will get no argument from me on using it.

I just re-did the optimizing Tixati guide for the latest version and I was a bit bug eyed after doing work on all the Optimizing guides. I was hoping you and Anupam could take a look and offer any constructive criticism.

Steve

by MidnightCowboy on 29. March 2011 - 18:28  (68796)

Will do :)

MC

by Anupam on 29. March 2011 - 18:48  (68797)

Will look, and try it out :).

by boristhemoggy on 31. March 2011 - 8:36  (68878)

I'm surprised that Bittorrent itself is not listed here.
I've used it for some time now and a mor reliable program you couldn't wish to have.
If there's something bad preventing it making the list, I'd love to know what you found?

by mr6n8 on 31. March 2011 - 11:58  (68912)

Nothing particularly bad and it should have been mentioned.
I will add some info in to the review.

BitTorrent bought uTorrent some time ago and adopted the uTorrent client as the BitTorrent client.
So the two programs are identical except for the name. The bittorrent forums are closed and refer all users to the uTorrent forums.
http://www.bittorrent.com/btusers/help/bittorrent-forums-closed

Originally, BitTorrent added a separate program called DNA to its download. DNA was always active and made transfers without the users' consent. Supposedly now DNA is out of BitTorrent (after many complaints from users).

However, I am still wondering why, even now, the BitTorrent download is 4.54MB and the uTorrent download is 390KB. I am not concerned about the size. I am concerned what else is in there since the two are identical and I have not seen an answer.

Since the two are identical, the forum support is through uTorrent and the difference in download size-there is no reason to suggest BitTorrent here.
Additionally, uTorrent updates in response to Secunia alerts come out quicker than the update for the BitTorrent model.

If you have it, you will find it to be a good client as it is a clone of uTorrent. uTorrent is down the list because of the toolbar etc. at install (which BitTorrent also has). Other than that it is an excellent client.

My bottom line on BitTorrent is "just get uTorrent".

But thanks for mentioning as it should be mentioned in the review.

Steve