uTorrent is a freeware BitTorrent client. It was first released in 2005, and it is actively developed to this day. The new torrent client was created to provide a lightweight alternative to bloated applications of the time. Reviewers praised it for its small memory usage. The torrent client is owned by BitTorrent Inc., which acquired it in 2006.
On the good side, it has a very comprehensive feature set. But the torrent client suffers from questionable advertising practices of its parent company and from poor security. BitTorrent Inc. bundles adware into the uTorrent’s installer and tries to trick users into installing it. In March 2015, the torrent client used to run a cryptocurrency miner on its users devices. It also suffers from serious security vulnerabilities that may allow hackers to steal users’ private information.
The torrent client has a paid version called uTorrent Pro. The paid features include an embedded antivirus, the ability to stream media files, and ads-free experience. Currently, uTorrent is the most widely used BitTorrent client outside of China. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Android. uTorrent Server is also available for Linux.