Recently, I upgraded to µTorrent 1.8.7 and found that it has annoying ad in the side bar which was not present in the earlier version. Can someone explain that how can I stop the ads?

  • Or switch to Transmission, or other client.
    – user14492
    Oct 19, 2015 at 17:05

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As per this post: https://pietrodn.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/how-to-block-advertisements-on-utorrent-1-8-6-for-mac-os-x-using-the-hosts-file/

Luckily, we can simply block the uTorrent ad servers at system-level, editing the hosts file. Using the free network analyzer Wireshark I easily discovered which servers uTorrent connects to, to fetch the ads.

To block those ads, first quit uTorrent. Then open the /etc/hosts file with your favorite text-editor (you’ll need root privileges) and append the following lines: cdn.bitmedianetwork.com static.ap.bittorrent.com

Next, trash the ~/Library/Caches/com.bittorrent.uTorrent folder in order to get rid of any cached ads. Now restart uTorrent, et voila: the ads are gone!

  • After trying countless other websites which said to set advanced settings, swap the ad picture, or download other host files -- none of those schemes worked. You had the correct answer. Thank you sincerely.
    – Ben Morrow
    Mar 6, 2016 at 0:53

one option is to just hide the sidebar

View>Hide Sidebar

  • I am doing that currently. But is there any way to fully block it ?
    – Pratik
    Feb 26, 2015 at 6:17
  • Not that I know of, sorry!
    – xyz
    Feb 26, 2015 at 6:54

The solution for the ad removal is to remove the new uTorrent and install the older version of the app. You can get it from the site below.

uTorrent 1.8.4

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