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You could make a bitcoin fork that lets you commit hashes to a central chain that users can index like a hashmap to find content. Such a chain would not necessarily be a bittorrent only protocol, since ipfs and TOR can benefit from name services like that too. Namecoin already exists and can possibly fill that role. What you would do is either commit novel entries, or commit tags that point to existing entries. So you can upload an ISO file with its canonical name and future transactions can point tags to it describing it, like "Ubuntu" or "16.04" or even "fake".
It would be a giant mess to parse though, since you need to keep the canonical chain in order of block allocation while having a hashmap into it of all the tags and corresponding data.
It's probably not what they meant, but yeah that could use some re-wording.
You may as well remind them that torrenting Ubuntu Linux or a Humble Bundle purchase is not illegal & won't break any copyrights.
How do I make money? How is this sustainable?
Income from the ads already pays for server bills. The earnings are public.
I believe that by not polluting the site with ads, I can
I won't get rich, but it might pay me for what I do in my free time and hopefully make torrenting less frustrating to people.
Hello, and welcome to the UK!
I'm sure the lovely people in here will be able to suggest a wide range of solutions, including advice about VPN and seedbox providers.
Personally, I used to faff around with this and that, then I just subscribed to a VPN and all my troubles were over.
I bought the one year package with Private Internet Access. It's inexpensive, dead easy to use, and I'm happy with it.
Now I do what I want, when I want, how I want. Except when my cat doesn't agree, but that's a given. Good luck :)
Private Internet Access:
They don't keep logs and don't mind torrenting either. I've been using it and it's so freaking awesome! If you buy a year for $40 it's $3.33/month.
This is the point where everyone starts quoting the TorrentFreak article showing all the "Good Guy" VPNs that wouldn't even think of logging any details.
And you've only got their word for it. I mean, nobody would LIE on the internets, right?
HideMyAss claimed they didn't keep logs and yet they did. Who's to say these other companies don't?
Don't use Google. Duckduckgo or Bing should work well for you.
Look at the bottom. 3 takedowns.
No takedowns, plus better ranked results.:P
Stop using public trackers.
Don't touch free vpns, instead, find the $3/month needed for a quality paid VPN that does not log (like Private Internet Access).
Also, you are right, peerblock does nothing (see rule 7)
If you have the miner installed it will be showing up under EpicScale.exe in your task manager.
svchost is what runs a bunch of Windows Services like Windows Defender or network services. It's completely normal (and expected) to have multiple instances showing up.
"There can be multiple instances of svchost.exe running on your computer, with each instance containing different services. One instance of svchost.exe might host a single service for a program, and another instance might host several services related to Windows. You can use Task Manager to view which services are running under each instance of svchost.exe."
If you are doing a lot of torrenting IMO a free VPN won't cut it. I have Private Internet Access. It's the best one I've used so far, super reasonably priced, and works on your phone. They don't keep logs and you can pay in bitcoins if you want. They recently had to shut down their Russian servers because new Russian law said they had to ~~keep logs~~ share the private keys.
Private Internet Access is the way to go, it's not free but it works well and it's reasonably priced. About $40 for a full year you can't wrong. As /u/ozymandias2 says, a free VPN is not the way to go.
EDIT: Didn't really answer the other part of your question. I'm using XBMCTorrents add-on to XBMC and it works great. Perfect for TV and for low-fi movies.
No it's because the file system format of the SD card is not NTFS. Most likely it's formatted to FAT32
>Fat 32 has in inherent limit to the maximum size of any file you load to a disk which is 4 GB.
So you'll need to convert the file system to NTFS if you want to copy anything over 4GB to it.
Torguard. due to slow connection and disconnections while torrenting leaving my real IP in illegal torrent swarms.
I'm now 5 weeks into Torguard and only good things to say.
Also if you use voucher code "TGLIFETIME50" you get 50% off. Subscription is less than $30/year, $10 cheaper than PIA, and in my personal option Torguard. runs consistently and fast.
I hate you Tony Abbott
Do not reply, they have no way of proving it was you that downloaded the file if you don't reply to the email.
If you want to keep torrenting, getting a paid VPN (they cost $3-5/month) will encrypt and hide your traffic as well as give you a random IP address.
Make sure the VPN service doesn't keep any logs of their customers, Mullvad or Private internet access are both good. And whatever you do avoid free VPN services.
Did you do all the leak tests like IPV6 and DNS leak tests? Did you have some kind of killswitch that killed your internet connection when you disconnected from the "proxy"? Were you using a proxy or a VPN? There is a big difference.
I've been using a VPN for the past 3+ years and haven't got a notice from anyone and i use public trackers quite often for music when i don't wanna seed stuff.
Get rid of BTGuard (Over priced anyway). Get PIA or AirVPN and set it up with the Kill switch they supply and the leak protection.
You don't "download a VPN". You might download a client like OpenVPN if that's what your VPN service is using. Depending on the service you might be using PPTP, OpenVPN, or something specific to the service.
Check out /r/vpn for more information and be sure to check out the sidebar. Most people there will tell you that Private Internet Access is the best. I haven't personally used it tho.
Once the client is running and you're connected then, yes, all of your traffic including from your browser and torrent client will be running through the VPN hiding your IP from the outside world.
Public torrents are the torrents you are using if you don't know about or use private trackers.
Any VPN provider will document how to install and use their service. Private Internet Access allows torrents, is secure and only $3/month.
As others have already pointed out you most definitely downloaded a fake torrent infected with maleware and you should stop using the site you got it from.
If you want to torrent anime you should check out nyaa.si. It is the go-to site for anime.
I torrent my ass off (seeding 1287 torrents at the moment). Using Private Internet Access VPN as a proxy server in uTorrent. No problems. My advice is don't do it without a VPN, but if you use one that doesn't log like PIA, then you'll have no problems.
For you, probably not. It would depend on what kind of a financial situation you are in. If you can afford ~6$ a month, then absolutely. Some cheap ones I would recommend that don't keep logs: Mullvad
You want to turn on DSN leak protection and IPv6 leak protection.
Go to DNS leak test and do the extended test before the changes. See a bunch of DNS servers that aren't owned by Choopa LLC? This is a risk.
After turning on DNS leak protection, the same test should only return 1 DNS server, which is the Choopa LLC server that PIA runs.
That's because a few years ago they got into an argument with one of the co-founders 'Sami Tolvanen' and in the same day changed from green to red.
WOT doesn't really protect anyone from any harmful websites and lists trustworthy websites as trustworthy. An example is https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/conduit.com. Even though most people hate conduit, Antivirus engines pick it up as a threat, and Antivirus programs block conduit, WOT still shows it as a safe website. There are many other examples.
Have you read the reviews for WOT on other review sites? They have also been sued numerous times for slander and the co-founder Sami isn't allowed to work for them anymore. Germany has a leash on them too from a lawsuit... I wouldn't take WOT seriously. It's just a troll tool.
> Are any of them free in the Torrent Freak list?
Not that I'm aware of. Was going to say FrootVPN.
But generally speaking good VPNs are never free.
I remember using Bittorrent Sync (now Resilio, subscription based ). Maybe the old versión still works.
Another solution (open source), Syncthing, albeit uses another protocol, not bittorrent. https://syncthing.net
I think I started using Deluge back when Azureus started going mad and turning into Vuze back in 2006. Since then, I've used nothing else.
One nifty feature I like (which other BT clients may have, I don't know) is how the GUI layer is separated from the torrent daemon. I then use Transdroid on my Android phone to control it from anywhere in the house.
TL;DR: If you installed Transmission in the last few days, check if you've been infected. The infected executable was signed on the 28th and has already been replaced, so there should only be a small number of users affected.
You can check if your computer is infected by seeing if any of the following files exist:
edit: Official statement from the Transmission Project: https://transmissionbt.com/keydnap_qa/
I know most people recommend against free VPN services. I personally use Private Internet Access and I have used it at college for over a year now no problem. It's only $30/year I believe (could be wrong on that, I auto-renew it). Works great and I've had no problem at school with it. It's also easy to set up in Ubuntu if you keep that OS in college.
Private Internet Access,
Pretty freakin rad if I do say myself.
I've received quite a number of letters from Comcast telling me not to go so hard on the torrenting or Comcast and Fox are gonna come over and break my legs, not really but I did get a whole lot of letters telling me to knock it off and I have received none since subscribing.
From what I've read on other posts they seem to have the consumers back when it comes to reliability and privacy while also not breaking the bank.
You will not win. A torrent indexing site is clearly against their terms of service.
2.(c) items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity
2.(g) items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction
>Activities Requiring Approval
Offering online dating services; providing file sharing services or access to newsgroups; or selling alcoholic beverages.
By using PayPal you agreed to their ToS, which includes:
>We may close, suspend, or limit your access to your Account or the PayPal Services, and/or limit access to your Balance for up to 180 Days (or longer if pursuant to a court order or other legal process) if you violate this Agreement, the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, any other agreement you enter into with PayPal, or as otherwise specified in this Agreement or other agreement you have entered into with PayPal. We may also use proprietary fraud and risk modeling when assessing the risk associated with your Account. If you wish to open a Dispute through PayPal's Online Resolution Center, you must do so within 180 Days of making your payment or initiating your transaction in the case of Pay After Delivery.
There is a reason that no real torrenting sites have used PayPal in 5+ years.
>On those two days my router shows my bandwith was equivelant to what I normally upload in a month on each day (8gb a day a total of 16gb).
Lol... Lawyer up asap.
I'm not sure how close tribler's routing system is to Tor's but it might be worth reaching out to the EFF as well.
>While EFF cannot promise legal representation for all Tor relay operators, it will assist relay operators in assessing the situation and will try to locate qualified legal counsel when necessary. Inquiries to EFF for the purpose of securing legal representation or referrals should be directed to our intake coordinator by sending an email to [email protected] . Such inquiries will be kept confidential subject to the limits of the attorney/client privilege. Note that although EFF cannot practice law outside of the United States, it will still try to assist non-U.S. relay operators in finding local representation.
I'm not, there is a donation page on http://powder.media/ if anyone cares to use it, although I don't think anyone did yet (put it up just a month ago). I've been making video players and torrent related applications for more then 3 years as hobby projects. I also work in a company that makes torrent and video player related projects for some time now.
To shorten the story, I make these applications for myself and my needs, they are the primary tools that I use for torrents and more. I'm also an experienced developer so I always try to make things that can be used and efficiently configured by the majority of probable users. I take joy in others using these tools that I build, such people increase my general morale and keep my head up through life.
So the shortest version of it all is: It's not about the money. 😊
There's WebTorrent implementation https://instant.io/ but it's very basic. There's also https://btorrent.xyz/ which is based on WebTorrent. But it's nowhere near the functionality and performance of dedicated clients.
I don't know if "fake seeding" is a thing. I do know that people go nuts with random theories about why they can't get that little piece they need. People always ask here for some magic bullet that will get them their download.
If you want to DL from a specific seeder, one of you has to have port forwarding working. When I successfully port-forwarded in qB via Mullvad, nearly all my stalled torrents with seeders were able to finish. If you're relying on a single seeder who's rarely even online you could be waiting forever, esp if they aren't port-forwarded.
> Right, but to my understanding VPN's don't hide from MPAA trackers.
Who told you that crazy nonsense? That's the whole point of a VPN, to establish an encrypted connection to another IP address (that IP address would be the one appearing to be torrenting, not your own home IP). Just make sure it's a paid torrent-friendly VPN that does not keep logs (PIA.
Thanks for all the feedback. I have always thought about getting a VPN but didn't think i needed one because i don't torrent that much. Now i think it's safe to say I need one right away. I'm thinking of going with Private Internet Access. Any other suggestions? When I get it activated I'm going on a downloading spree!
Don't use free ones.
Private Internet Access is running their quarterly special. It's $32 for a year of service & theirs is my favorite VPN that doesn't keep logs.
I'm new to this myself, and I don't really understand what seedboxes are. But I'm starting to get my head around VPNs. So you pay for a Virtual Private Network (popular one is Private Internet Access which costs about $40/year) and what it does is basically it hides your computer's real location/IP address by putting on a mask that pretends to be somewhere else that you choose.
The even better (but much more hardcore and hacker-y) option is to, in addition to the vpn/seedbox, get yourself into a private tracker community, which is basically like a small private club where people use torrents to share files. But these are by invite-only, and you get in based on merit--i.e. being able to show evidence of a download to upload ratio that the group deems acceptable, and then you have to maintain that once you're in the club or else you get kicked out. See /r/trackers
But to be honest, I think getting a vpn is probably enough for most people.
Couldn't agree more with you. Especially since they have gateways in many different locations, for just a few bucks a month you can pretend to be almost wherever you want, and take advantage of local services (e.g. TV). I've been using them since the start of the month, and the performance is like nothing I've seen. Definitely better than my old & more expensive VPN provider (Mullvad). They don't do any logging whatsoever, and they promisse that if they get subpoena'd, they will do everything to keep user data privacy, even if they have to shut down that gateway.
No. The VPN provided by your university is linked to you. Any DMCA notices will be delivered to your university, who will then sanction you (in addition to ratting you out to the MPAA/RIAA). You're much better off using your normal ISP's connection. At least they can't make you take "intellectual property" classes as punishment.
Try BTGuard or something similar if you want VPN/proxy protection.
Those are called "Pay per Install" is commonly used by Free software to make money per install of buddle software (i.e. toolbar) or change your browser's Home page and default search engine, Mostly of the free softwares use this to gain revenues, you should :
1. Use utorrent 2.2.1. instead of the BitTorrent Client (imo is way better).
2. Pay more attention during install/update process, don't go willy nilly clicking on the next because these type things need your approval prior the install, like this pic.
Dunno why no one is helping you do this simple task, yes you can set up an auto downloader with specific movie tags in your case x265 rarbg 1080p etc
Get radarr here:
This is a torrent auto downloader it integrates with most torrent clients, it can search find and download any tags you set up for it on a constant basis
I found a reddit thread that explains how to use the tags for search here, seems to be 2 methods, id say try both :
If those dont work, i dunno search around setting up the search with tags or keywords should be possible,
So you can set up a list of movies in imdb, give the list link to radarr, and it'll autonsearch and download all the movies but only if those tags are matching, hope this help I have never done what you describe but I think these tools should make it possible / at least steer you into the right direction as to what you'll need to do exactly to get this working
Excuse the weird formatting and stuff im on mobile in bed,
Why not contact the admins?
Pretty sure a bad ad is something they did not intend to have on their site. Zooqle itself is a great site, they might just have a bad ad provider at the moment.
Yes technically if you use something like Resilio Sync you could use torrents as a backend to sync data across different devices. No idea if that works with RPi.
Or if you want to roll up your sleeves and create some scripts I'm sure you could script creating torrents on one RPi with data you want to sync, then maybe use something like rsync to send the .torrent file(s) to each other RPi torrent client's watch folders.
But honestly there are better methods to do that, look into /r/Syncthing for example (not torrent related but still). Or you could probably use the built in sync methods that Linux already provides like rsync, etc.
USE A VPN! Stop now and purchase a respectable VPN service.
Edit: /u/Brownt0wn_'s comment is a very good guide. If you aren't using a torrent friendly VPN already, I would highly recommend that as a first step. A VPN encrypts all Internet traffic so it can't be monitored (as easily) by your ISP, among others. I use Private Internet Access.
It's a good thing to have anyways, from a privacy pov.
You're certainly not the first
Either BTGuard is in fact logging your data (unlikely? I dunno). Or, more likely, using a SOCKS proxy w/ torrents is a bad idea. Offhand I'd suggest sticking to VPN when torrenting. Not sure on the details but your real IP address may be leaking if you're using just a proxy.
Using free VPN's are worthless in terms of anonymity and protection against copyright groups (or anything for that matter). Why should they care about protection if you are just using a free service? I suggest Private Internet Access for $3 a month. They care about your anonymity because they care about your wallet. Also, unless you are paying for the tip top internet service, PIA won't bottleneck your line, and any slow down will be because of standard latency, which is miniscule anyway.
A good way to test the waters, is to download Ubuntu. Use one of the USB tools to put it on a usb-stick. Then boot from that stick. Try it out. Give it a look.
1: Download pendrive for windows, which will help you create a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu on it.
This tool will help you download Ubuntu and put it your USB stick. So it's all you need.
2: Put the USB in your laptop/pc
3: Restart your laptop/pc
4: Press the magic key (F8/F10/Esc) when you see your bios flash.
This will show you a list of all drives. Pick your USB drive.
5: Now you get into an Ubuntu desktop, without even installing it. It just runs from the USB stick.
6: If you like it, in the Ubuntu desktop, there is a big 'install' button. Click it.
7: By default it will suggest to install itself next to windows. So you can choose which one to start at launch.
Have some fun. There are things that are way better on Linux. There are things that are worse. Make up your own mind.
An alternative is the official Ubuntu Windows Installer
This is a windows installer, that will install Ubuntu, except rather than giving Ubuntu it's own partition, Ubuntu just gets a big pre-created file on your windows drive. This works like this:
2: Follow the wizard.
3: Reboot, you can now pick which OS to launch.
It is simpler: you don't have to divide your hard-drive in two or something like that, but it is a bit slower.
I use Private Internet Access, tons of server locations and great speed. There's a promotional link you can find on google, 2-Year membership for $60. They also have a Killswitch feature in case the VPN connection drops it stops all traffic, which is very important for torrenting.
"Please also note that using CyberGhost for downloading copyrighted content is illegal and an abuse of our service." - Cyberghost FAQ
If you are overly concerned.. you could use a seedbox and FTP/FTPS/SFTP
Certain providers allow publicly tracked torrents.. and certain don't
I recommend using a vetted provider:
This is fucked up. How will they prove this? Anyone with an unsecure wifi network can have someone jump on and download anything. Anyone with a trojan is susceptible. Anyone with a kid that has a laptop or a computer that they let other people use is in danger. Something like this should be a civil penalty at worst.
I wonder how long it'll take before they're going after old ladies and little girls.
These guys did an awesome job with the bittorrent protocol, but all their software after that has been closed source. I bet Project Maelstorm will be closed as well. They are already hinting it with this closed beta.
I'd rather bet on something like I2P (https://geti2p.net). You can host a piratebay-like server there and be totally immune to governmental abuse.
Hello, fellow UK redditor!
>there's little to nothing I can do to hide myself
Absolutely not true. Isn't it good news? All you need is a VPN or a seedbox.
I never had a seedbox, so I can't really give you much information about that, but from what I've gathered Feral Hosting is quite popular over here.
A cheaper solution would be a subscription to a VPN provider. There are many and a quick google will bring up lots. However Private Internet Access is very popular, as well as inexpensive and reliable.
In fact, I also use PIA, and I can't recommend it highly enough (I'm not a PIA shill, just a very happy customer).
Now when I'm online I can do what I want, when I want, how I want. Mostly I look at cats photos, but now they are private cats photos.
look in to a vpn. Private Internet Access is 40 bucks a year. They don't log any data and combine lots of users under one ip so its harder to identify a specific user. Also if privacy is your major concern pay with a giftcard and use a throwaway email address to signup.
The device you use does not matter, only the connection you use. So if you are on your parent's router then yes this will still be a problem.
What you need is a VPN. The Pirate Bay is currently pushing FrootVPN, which is currently free. This will disguise your torrenting traffic so your ISP won't complain.
I don't recommend BTGuard.. they are known for being slow, unstable, overpriced and having little to no support
I suggest you try PIA instead.. 100,000+ users and the most widely used VPN for P2P :)
I have had quite a bit of experience with this lately as I was looking to set up a secure system. I am going to cover several points for you.
I have been using Private Internet Access and they have been awesome. Lots of servers, lots of bandwidth, great application, open ports, NO LOGGING.
The email address I am going to leave to yourself. There are secure providers.
I have not had to use bitcoins, but for this I bought a pre-paid credit card and used it. Untraceable.
If your vpn is set to send all traffic then your application should do everything for you. Do note, you will need to make sure that a port is forwarded for your application (the VPN provider should discuss how, PIA does) so that you can reach your trackers.
I will provide several other suggestions.
Hopefully this answered some of your questions. I really would recommend a seedbox for your budget. Much faster and just as secure. If you are set on a vpn/proxy, PIA has been wonderful for me, and they have great prices. Goodluck!
Preferences > Protocol Encryption > Outgoing (Forced) and deselect "Allow incoming legacy connections". That should keep you from getting uncovered by copyright trolls. To hide your online activity from your ISP, I suggest a good VPN, something like Private Internet Access.
I've used a couple different VPNs and I have to say - I LOVE Private Internet Access! You get great download speeds no matter which server you are using (even halfway across the planet) and they are super easy to deal with. I use the OpenVPN option.
If one uses a VPN such as Private Internet Access can one continue to torrent content without fear of the MPAA, RIAA, etc., sending your ISP one of the new complaint emails (6 strikes and you're out, or something like that)?
Nope, that's a complete fabrication. ThePirateBay does not use PRQ at all. PRQ was apparently founded by a couple of TPB founders, but they've long since moved on to bigger and better things. Read this for more info:
Do not use BTGuard. They have terrible downtimes and a Proxy server can store your requests.
And always pay with bitcoin.
Grab tTorrent and have fun. I've used it on occasion when I needed something on the go. It's quite fast and stable. Throw Transdroid on it and you can get nice monitoring with notifications as well. I'll be using my M8 for that when I eventually get a new phone. Add a VPN and you have a nice mobile torrent server.
Yup, the links at qbittorrent.org are their official ones.
They do provide their SHA-1 checksums that you can verify against if you're worried about download sources. (e.g. use something like HashMyFiles to generate a SHA-1 checksum of whatever you downloaded, then compare to qB's own checksum on the download page)
That's a pretty old article..
If you need to stream a torrent just use Powder Player (see /r/PowderPlayer) or Popcorn Time (see /r/PopCornTime).
Webtorrent Desktop isn't bad either but the above two are more built out for streaming at the moment.
If you're talking about streaming non-torrent content (e.g. DDLs) then check out /r/filesharing or /r/Piracy per rule #5. I wasn't sure since you're linking to a site link referring to a DDL site.
You should check out Jackett. It uses indexers to search many torrent sites through APIs. They have the code on GitHub so I would start there. Here is a link to their GitHub page:Jackett.
OP might have meant WebTorrent Desktop? It is kind of a hybrid client since it can communicate with both WebTorrent & regular torrent peers.
But I'm not sure if it uses the same id.
I've had Private Internet Access for a week and I use it with my windows pc, linux pc, and android smartphone. I got the year subscription which is only $3.33, not bad for unlimited free entertainment.
If your VPN provider's application has a "kill switch" setting or similar then that's what you need to enable. The kill switch disables the internet connection if the VPN goes down, which will prevent qB from torrenting since it'll think the internet went out.
PIA, etc. all have VPN applications with kill switch. Not sure on what you're using but that's the general idea.
It looks like your ISP is throttling bittorrent traffic.
If this is the case you've got two options.
Use a good VPN such as Private Internet Access to hide what you're doing
Invest in a seedbox and use FTPte get your files to your PC.
If you're using public indexers (TPB, KAT, etc.) I'd recommend the VPN and if you use private trackers I'd go for the seedbox.
As long as the VPN is on when you torrent you are fine.
The killl switch simply shuts off all internet access if the VPN disconnects, to prevent accidentally torrenting after the VPN disconnected.
Private Internet Access is a great VPN provider -- cheap, allows torrents, many exit points, and is fast -- and NO logs.
VPN providers like PIA use shared IP addresses. That mean that multiple of users are using the same IP address so it would be impossible to find out which user did what. Plus PIA don't keep any logs of who is connecting at what time. VPN providers like HideMyAss do keep logs and have provided those logs to law enforcement before. Also PIA have a kill switch so if the VPN goes down it will kill your entire internet connection. This will keep your real IP address from being exposed.
I've had Private Internet Access for 2 months now and it's been phenomenal. Very solid speeds, a few minor issues with connectivity but nothing that kept me from buying a second month. It was roughly the most recommended VPN on Reddit from what I could find during my research on VPN's.
There are so many posts in this sub-reddit, all you have to do is search VPN or torrent safely and you will see the results, opinons, and advice from hundreds of posts. Do that, there's a lot of good information for people.
Is WiTopia based in the U.S.? Or, in any other country (e.g. Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, et al) which is known to cooperate/aid the RIAA/MPAA and their cronies? If so, then you are unlikely to be as safe as you think. VPN's through countries which have tough privacy laws, and make all organisations/companies/groups jump through hoops to gain private information, are where you want your VPN to be based. AND, a VPN which logs as little as possible - and retains such records for the shortest time as possible - are preferred.
Again, all of this information has been discussed, dissected, and provided throughout various posts in this your fingers do the walking.
I've never had any problems with speed. And $10/month for unlimited bandwidth is pretty decent IMO.
That said the VPN you provided does look pretty nice. I'll have to check it out.
EDIT: Yup, Private Internet Access is way better than BTGuard. I have seen the light.
Private Internet Access. I've been with them for a while. 40 ish a year. I got mine on a discount. They've been stellar. They have servers in a lot of countries, especially the UK for BBC iPlayer aficionados, parts of Europe, Canada, and majors states in the United States. One thing to keep in mind, if you're using Windows, is the issue of DNS leak. Look up potential solutions on DNSLeakTest.
That app only connects to a torrent client running on another computer.
If you want to torrent on android use flud. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.delphicoder.flud
But I'd highly recommend using a PC instead.
It's normal to have multiple svchost.exe processes.
Sure, malware can masquerade as svchost.exe, but then again it can also pick any other name, including other Windows processes, so it's not something to go on. Scan with an antivirus like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Avast, Avira, or reinstall the OS if you want to be sure.
As to whether it's still doing it:
The uTorrent developers said they stopped bundling that particular bitcoin mining program, but AFAIK they still have app advertisements so it's only a matter of time until it happens again. You should switch to an open source torrent client like qBittorrent, Transmission, Deluge, but if you must use uTorrent downgrade to version 2.2.1 and stick with that.
Also keep in mind that it was a separate program, if it already got installed removing or installing another uTorrent version won't affect it.
Jackett Has a huge list of both public and private torrent sites and you can use it to search all of them at once.
Qbittorrent also has probably more than enough providers for its built in search.
If its normal content then i'd say 99% of the time rarbg or 1337x.to are good enough but if you want to search every nook and cranny use a meta search like jackett.
It's worth noting that meta search sites also have tv content. Zooqle is pretty good for this but there are other general meta search sites too.
Good point. Personally I always use port forwarding for my torrents, re: PIA that does rule out all the U.S. servers.
Other people get squeamish about PIA's port forward warning so I don't bother trying to convince anyone on it anymore. If people only want to torrent with some of the available peers in the swarm that's their call.
Fun fact: Users without an open port forward can only torrent with users that do have their port open & forwarded. These particular users cannot torrent with any other users who also decided not to forward their port. Essentially this means multiple PIA users without port forward enabled cannot torrent with eachother, or really with anyone else that didn't forward their port.
Private Internet Access. It's a VPN. Pay for it. Look how to set it up. All you need to do. Don't bitch about getting caught when you are using a free VPN. The little you pay for it is worth it to torrent correctly.
Receiving notices for games is considerably less common than for popular TV and recent movie releases, but it can and does still happen sometimes if you are using public trackers and I would therefore still recommend protecting yourself by using a paid VPN that doesn't keep logs. Exactly the same VPN services apply for protecting yourself when filesharing games as when filesharing movies or TV. There's various VPN services that don't keep logs, one of the cheapest and most popular is Private Internet Access (PIA), but there's many more, just Google "which VPN services take your privacy seriously 2015".
The risk of receiving a notice when using private trackers is very low at the time of writing and it's even less when filesharing games, but realistically I can't guarantee it will never happen in future so it's up to yourself whether you wish to be extra careful or not. If you use a VPN on a private tracker however please ensure you read the rules very carefully as most, but not quite all allow them, but many only allow them for seeding and leeching, not for signing up, logging in or surfing the website (you can usually setup a route exception when surfing specific websites). For private trackers a secure seedbox is often the preferred choice of protection as they also help maintain a good ratio, but some seedbox providers severely throttle uploading to public trackers or much worse some don't allow public trackers at all.
Edit: added "uploading to" regarding throttling public trackers.
There should be a sticky about VPN, kinda ridiculous how many vpn-threads pops up every week.
edit: To answer your question. Go with Private Internet Access, it's the most recommended VPN on this sub.
VPNs 110% work. Use one like Private Internet Access that doesn't keep logs. Using a VPN gives you a different IP address to use and if the company doesn't keep logs, which Private Internet Access doesn't, then there's no way for them to trace anything back to you.
Go buy a VPN and ignore their request (Private Internet Access is great). I had a local ISP (major cable company) block Facebook and Google because I went over 150gigs of usage in a month (even though there was nothing about this that I saw in any contract I signed), and they wanted to charge me $50 to unblock those pages. When using a VPN nothing is blocked, and they don't know what you are downloading.
If they keep harassing you, tell them you don't know what they are talking about, you don't torrent anything.
I have no personal experience, but everyone seems to recommend Private Internet Access/ PIA.
Since presumably the old guy is letting you have free Internet, it's a good move not to get him into trouble.
Sign up for a quality, paid VPN that keeps no logs, such as Private Internet Access ($3/month).
Follow their directions for setting up the VPN and testing it.
Install ad-block into firefox.
Install a bit torrent client like deluge or an older version of utorrent.
Using firefox, go to , find the show you want, click the little magnet icon, and watch the magic happen.
You also should keep in mind that any VPN you use will have overhead in terms of processing power which will reduce your speed. A proxy will be much faster, but less secure. That said, Private Internet Access has both and is awesome.
It is funny reading through all these comments. There are some really great posts, but I'm sure 90% of them are going over your head. Understandable if you don't even know what a seeder is.
The best suggestion for you is the one at the very top of this page. Private Internet Access. Yes, it costs money, but it is worth it. Safe safe browsing = happy person. No more worries for you. Browse wherever you want and do whatever you want. If you don't want to spend any money, then you have some reading to do my friend.
That's definitely not a scam, and TorrentFreak reported on the matter
And, since they say that WB doesn't exactly know who infringed, it could be a scheme to get users to admit guilt or build files around them
The harm is done now, but there are a few things to remember for the future:
GET A VPN SERVICE: at least your connection will be encrypted and your ISP doesn't know if you download torrent or not, and your IP will be concealed at the exit point. The VPN has to allow BT, doesn't log, and preferably outside the US in a country with more sensible copyright laws. checkout this list (I like Private Internet Access):
Install PeerBlock: not a perfect solution, but it'll block blacklisted IPs (and therefore won't know if you're downloading or not)
Use Vuze: it's the only client that I know that has the binding feature (which is useful and important if you use VPN; if your VPN disconnects, Vuze will stop downloading and won't expose your traffic)
On your client: enable encrypted connections and prefer it. It won't do much, but it helps
those are some things that I remember right now, but there are other things for sure. the most important thing is to download via a VPN that doesn't log, the ISP won't know that you're downloading (traffic encrypted, exit point isn't you, no VPN logs = no evidence)
Private Internet Access is the fucking shit dude, there's a shit load of ports you can connect through now, lots of US cities and regions in the US so it's fast, there's virtually no drop in DL speed unless I'm running a bunch of stuff at the same time. They also do not keep any records of anything so no worries there. It's definitely worth it for the price.
Just go with Private Internet Access.
It's $40 a year, and it works with everything. Windows, Linux, Mac, even Android and Iphone.
I used them when I lived in my college dorms. My college also flagged torrent users, but with PIA they never caught me. College also had 100mbps download speed, and when I was behind the VPN my speed was around 90-95mbps. So barely any bandwidth loss.
They're pretty heavily recommended throughout the torrent related subreddits because they work great. They're pretty much a favorite of /r/vpn.
Do yourself a favor and get Private Internet Access. They have deals every now and then that lowers the price on their site. Buy a whole year subscription for about 3.33 a month. They have servers all over the world with gigabit connections to each. They'll tell you which server is faster on their website but usually it's California and Toronto. They keep no logs whatsoever and you can pay using bitcoin (if you're really paranoid). If you're using windows, make sure you check make sure your DNS isn't being leaked while you're on VPN. Beyond that, change some settings in your torrent client. I use uTorrent and change it so that uTorrent doesn't accept legacy connection and all outbound streams are forcefully encrypted. Happy torrenting.
I haven't used too many different ones but I like BTGuard a lot because it was created specifically for BitTorrent clients and won't throttle your internet speed when pirating. They also don't keep logs of what you use the VPN for, and they use encryption for added safety.
PrivateInternetAccess is another good one I see a lot of people using on here. Basically when you're buying a VPN make sure they allow torrenting. Careful because there are VPN services out there which are anti-piracy and will disconnect immediately soon as you try to torrent something.
Also when buying a VPN, to stay completely anonymous either pay with BitCoins or a prepaid credit card (Wal-Mart and drug stores sell these) that you bought with cash and fake credentials. This way if the VPN provider gets sued and forced to turn in their customers they won't have your information on file. If you pay with cash through the mail don't use your real address for the same reason stated above
Utorrent is kind of looked down upon nowadays. It had (has?) ads/cryptominer/bundled software. This is a great site for alternative software. Qbitorrent is kind of popular, deluge as well. I personally use Tixati.
There are also recommendations in this subreddit's sidebar
If you tried to download from official site, AV might have been triggered due to bundled software in installer or it just does not like utorrent. Also AVs usually show the reason / detection type. Most likely detection was PUP (potentially unwanted program) which is fine if you understand what you are installing
If you really have no choice other than to use uTorrent (maybe for some super rare material you have only found on one specific tracker that demands uTorrent), just get an older version from a website such as http://www.oldversion.com/windows/utorrent/ (search around to find out what is the latest "safe" version).
Still, I recommend using something else. I personally use qBittorrent.
The uTorrent 2.2.1 series is universally accepted by all private trackers and is also 100% ad-free.
I've been using build 25302, which is the last version in the 2.2.1 series of uTorrent, for about 4 years now with zero issues.
Go here to download it:
NOTE: if you get a Chrome security warning when trying to access the uTorrent 2.2.1 download page, don't worry about it, it's a false positive. On the Chrome warning page, click on "Details" (lower left) and then "visit this site" (lower right) to go through to the oldapps page.
Once uTorrent 2.2.1 is downloaded and installed, make sure to disable updates.
Options > Preferences > General > Privacy >
[uncheck] Check for updates automatically
[uncheck] Update to beta versions
MediaMonkey is hands down the best music library manager on windows. It flawlessly handles my 150k song library with quick startup times and searching. It stores metadata in an sqlite database so you can correct info without altering the files (thus you can still seed). It also supports any plugin that works with winamp.