Over the last year or so uTorrent has gone from being an ultra simple lightweight bittorrent client to a disorganised confused mishmash of random monetisation 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 prevent exodus 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+
- Goto Options ->Preferences
- Goto Advanced
- In the Filter box, type offers
- Set offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled to false
- While your at it set offers.left_rail_offer_enabled to false as well
- Press OK 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 - aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µtorrent. 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 uses libtorrent-rasterbar as it’s backend.
Deluge - a Free Software cross-platform BitTorrent client written with Python and GTK+. The program uses the libtorrent-rasterbar C++ library as its backend for torrent networking functionality through the project’s own Python bindings. Also comes as a standalone portable application for flash disks etc…
BitLord - a Free Software BitTorrent client for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, promoted as “The easiest torrent downloader”. It is written in Python and GTK+. The program uses thelibtorrent-rasterbar C++ library and is based on Deluge.