How to turn ads off in uTorrent

After experimenting with a number of other Torrent clients over the past year, I decided to go back to uTorrent, which although not as pared down as some other clients, I find to be more intuitive to use and user friendly. What I did not know was that the latest version of uTorrent apparently now features ads, which I naturally did not want.

It turns out that the option to remove ads is actually present in the uTorrent preferences, although it is somewhat hidden and not intuitively accessible. This post will show you how to disable all ads in in four easy steps, including the top toolbar ad as well as the ad in the sidebar both, which strangely are handled separately.

Step 1: run uTorrent

Behold the two ads in the screenshot below. If you do not see these you have no problem (or are running an older version of uTorrent, in which case you will get them when/if you upgrade).

UTorrent Screenshot1 - ads

Step 2: go to Options/Preferences/Advanced

Make sure that ‘Advanced’ is selected in the left sidebar. Next, in the ‘Filter’ search box, type in ‘off’ (which is the first three letters of ‘offers’). This will eliminate all but four entries shown in the list below.

UTorrent Screenshot2 - advanced

Step 3: change the value to ‘false’ for the two items below

For both “offers.left_rail_offer_enabled” and “offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled”, click on each then change the value to ‘False’ by clicking the radio buttons underneath. Click ‘Ok’ when done.

UTorrent Screenshot3 - offers off

Step 4: exit and restart

In order for the changes to take effect. Make sure that you actually exit (via the file menu), as in most cases clicking the upper/right red “X” simply minimizes the program to the system tray.

The screenshot below shows uTorrent with the ads gone.

UTorrent Screenshot4 - ads OFF

That’s it. Enjoy.


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

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  • Bas

    Thanks! That’s quitte advanced!… Ahum. :)

  • xamax71

    Thanks! Actually you can also get rid of the upgrade box by changing to false gui.show_plus_upsell (also in the advance settings).

    • SamerKurdi

      xamax … awesome, thanks for pointing this out!

    • Paul_Werner

      Thanks for this and you too Samer for the article

  • Paparazzi

    Once that has been done (changing to false gui.show_plus_upsell), does it save the setting to the registry or to a file? Would be really easy to just apply a reg file :)

  • smaragdus

    There is one more way to turn ads off, even a simpler way- un-install uTorrent! ;)

    Unfortunately uTorrent is changing for the worse with every new release, now it is ad-ware and a real resource-hog. uTorrent 1.7.7 with 900+ torrents loaded uses less resources than the 3+ builds with only 2 or 3 torrents. I still use version 1.7.7 which is light as a feather and when I need magnet links (1.7.7 does not support magnets) I switch to qBittorrent or Tixati which are not bad but quite far and away from uTorrent 1.7.7.

    • http://carbonize.co.uk/ Carbonize

      How is it adware when the ads are optional just on by default?

  • Ovidiu Trandafir

    uTorrenet 2.2.1 rules!

  • José Ignacio Pérez

    Thanks. Could I translate to spanish and post on my blog? I will write a reference to this site.

  • Anna Katherine Mott

    Thanks, that was really annoying me.

  • oceanoweb

    useful !!!

  • MountainKing7

    I usually turn off all those silly ads in utorrent but it is a pain in the ass and time consuming. What is really needed is some kind of registry tweak or software that would take care of this stuff!

  • Versatile

    I use utorrent 2.2, no ads.

  • Trovalds

    Thank you, man!

  • Anon

    In the ‘Filter’ search box, it’s better to type in ‘offer_enabled’

  • apcrcom

    Thanks! Much better!

  • robthom

    God bless you Sir!

  • james

    Thank you : )

  • ramzanov

    great

  • Jewish Guy

    thanks. worked on portable version too!

  • Tanmoy Ganguly

    thanx!! bt my utorrent is not running properly, when i want to run the app, it crashes.