μTorrent has changed significantly after its purchase by BitTorrent. However, it remains the most popular torrent client due to its small size and performance. Its advertising can get very annoying, but there is a way to disable it.

The way to do this is to disable the following settings in the Advanced tab of the Settings menu:

  • offers.left_rail_offer_enabled/left_rail_offer
  • gui.show_plus_upsell
  • offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled/sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
  • bt.enable_pulse
  • gui.show_notorrents_node
  • offers.content_offer_autoexec

This should take care of some of those ads, although future changes to the uTorrent code may remove this fix.

Thanks to Lifehacker for the tip.

uTorrent is one of the best BitTorrent clients out there, due to its small size and full features. However, uTorrent has a difficult time following upload limits, which can hurt general internet speeds if not controlled. Here is how to force the limits to work.

There are several places that need to be checked to ensure that BitTorrent is following upload limits.

First, go to Preferences> Bandwidth. Here, three options need to be set:

  1. Maximum upload rate
  2. Alternate upload rate (with box checked)
  3. Use additional upload slots if upload speed < 90% (uncheck box)

Second, go to Preferences> Queuing. You should change the following options to respect your desired upload amount and speed limits:

  1. Seeding Goal> Minimum Ratio
  2. Limit the upload rate to (kB/s)

Third, if uTorrent still does not follow your upload speed limits, which can be a common occurrence, individually set the limits for each torrent by right clicking the torrent name, selecting Bandwidth Allocation> Set Upload Limit> (desired upload speed limit).

Credits for this fix go to CallingAllGeeks

Note: if uTorrent still refuses to respect upload limits, it may be the nature of the uTorrent client and cloud. Seed a less popular torrent or pick another torrent client. uTorrent does not follow upload limits very well.