Over the last year or so uTorrent has gone from being an ultra simple lightweight bittorrent client to a disorganised confused mishmash of randomÂ monetisationÂ ideas and dead end features (Apps? Seriously?). Loading it up for the first time the UI is so cluttered it makes Skype look spartan in comparison.
With version 3.2.2 and onwards uTorrent has introduced probably the worst “enhancement” of all – a nice big “Featured Torrent” ad-bar at the top of the torrent window. Now uTorrent does allow you to disable all of their crap via the menu (a smart move to preventÂ exodusÂ en mass by it’s user base), but this annoying bar is not as obvious to get rid off. Thankfully the option to remove it does exist albeit it’s pretty well buried.
To remove the “Featured Torrent” bar from uTorrent 3.2.2+
- GotoÂ OptionsÂ ->Preferences
- GotoÂ Advanced
- In theÂ FilterÂ box, typeÂ offers
- SetÂ offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled to false
- While your at it set offers.left_rail_offer_enabled to false as well
- PressÂ OKÂ and then restart uTorrent
This will get rid of the annoying bar at the top. To further clean up the interface and reduce your risk of OCD:
- Goto Options
- Untick Show Featured Content
- Untick Show Plus information (removes the add at the bottom of the sidebar)
- Untick Show Apps (because really…)
uTorrent should now look like it was originally supposed to. On a side note now might be a good time to consider uTorrent alternatives. Open Source alternatives are the best since your safe from useless features and adverts. Here are two i recommend you check out:
qBittorrent -Â aims to provide a Free Software alternative toÂ Âµtorrent. It is written in QT4. Additionally, qBittorrent runs and provides the same features on all major platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD).This program usesÂ libtorrent-rasterbarÂ as it’s backend.
Deluge -Â aÂ Free SoftwareÂ cross-platformÂ BitTorrent clientÂ written withÂ PythonÂ andÂ GTK+. The program uses theÂ libtorrent-rasterbarÂ C++Â libraryÂ as itsÂ backendÂ for torrent networking functionality through the project’s own PythonÂ bindings. Also comes as a standalone portable application for flash disks etc…
BitLord -Â a Free SoftwareÂ BitTorrent clientÂ forÂ Microsoft WindowsÂ andÂ Mac OS X, promoted as “The easiest torrent downloader”. It is written inÂ PythonÂ andÂ GTK+. The program uses thelibtorrent-rasterbarÂ C++Â libraryÂ and is based on Deluge.