Macs & torrents?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by belladonna624, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. belladonna624 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    #1
    I'm considering downloading utorrent and downloading a few torrents here and there...Will this cause problems with my MBP or is it safe because its a Mac and they can't get viruses? HELP! :confused:
     
  2. fullojellybeans macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    #2
    I prefer transmission since Utorrent seems to be getting banned on some higher end torrent sites.
     
  3. belladonna624 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    #3
    The reason why I previously used utorrent on my old laptop, is because before downloading in utorrent, a pop-up was shown and you could un-click all the "extra" files in the torrent, so you only had to upload the video. I've noticed torrent files contain a lot of unnecessary crap you don't need, which I never knew if they could contain a virus or not and if they didn't I just assumed it's extra junk I don't need to download to my computer..
     
  4. Pinkie Pie macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2012
    Location:
    Los Anhelles
  5. belladonna624 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
  6. hotgrease macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2010
    #6
    Yes, it does. Transmission is much less cumbersome in my opinion.
     
  7. belladonna624, Apr 3, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012

    belladonna624 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    #7
    Well good too know because I had never ever heard of it before! I'll check it out, thanks!
     
  8. Acidsplat macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    #8
    Transmission is my personal choice as well. Its definitely one of the best torrent clients out there as it was optimized for the performance technologies that were introduced in Snow Leopard. :)
     
  9. belladonna624 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    #9
    Do I need to turn my firewall off to increase downloading speed? Or is that unsafe and should I just deal? Trying to download a full season of a show but looks like its going to take hours.. :confused:
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #10
    Maybe there are not enough seeders? Maybe you limited the download speed? Maybe your ISP does not provide you the download speed to download a complete season in less than x hours? Maybe your ISP is blocking ports? Maybe you have to wait a bit until the torrent downloads at full speed?
    Anyway, your firewall settings can stay as the are?

    PS: Maybe set the priorities of the single episodes, thus the first episodes arrive before the middle and last ones, thus you can watch those while the rest downloads?
     
  11. belladonna624 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    #11

    Yeah your right, I should have done that.. It's been downloading for about an hour now, should be up to full speed. There were thousands of seeders but on Transmission it says "Downloading 25(or so) of 60 peers." And on my old laptop before buying a Mac, my internet connection downloaded torrents pretty fast, so I don't think it's the ISP. Otherwise, I have no idea what to check or do.
     
  12. appleguy123 macrumors 603

    appleguy123

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Location:
    15 minutes in the future
    #12
    It might be your router. A lot of lower end ones don't like torrents very much. I upgraded my router, and went from 1mbps to about 10mbps.
     
  13. negativzero macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    #13
    You should download your torrents from a private tracker instead of a public tracker if you find it slow and you will never complain about speed ever.
     
  14. appleguy123 macrumors 603

    appleguy123

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Location:
    15 minutes in the future
    #14
    How do you use a private tracker?
     
  15. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

    AppleMacFinder

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    #15
    The same way as public tracker, with one difference:
    you have to register on this torrent website and seed more to have a good ratio.
     
  16. appleguy123 macrumors 603

    appleguy123

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Location:
    15 minutes in the future
    #16
    My ratio is 1.2:1 is that good enough to use the private tracker properly?
     
  17. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    #17
    Once you join a private tracker you have to keep up your ratio on torrents from that tracker. Your current ratio isn't relevant.
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #18
    It depends on what you download. If you're pirating apps, you could end up installing a trojan. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. If you practice safe computing, the only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.

    Leave your firewall enabled. It will not affect your download speed.

    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security. Leave this unchecked until you visit a trusted site that requires Java, then re-enable only for your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Check your DNS settings by reading this.

    5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.

    6. Never let someone else have physical access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Don't open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.

    8. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any virus, trojan, spyware, keylogger, or other malware. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
     
  19. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    #19
    Does anyone still use the good ole fashion bittorrent client? I feel like I'm in the minority but it seems to work fine...
     
  20. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2007
    Location:
    San Francisco
    #20
    I have been using transmission for as long as I can remember. I love that program. Much better than anything else I have tried.
     
  21. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    #21
    That would be illegal and talking of such things is against the forum rules.
     
  22. dusk007 macrumors 68040

    dusk007

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2009
    #22
    I gave transmission a try after I switched to Mac but I found my way back to µtorrent even if it was still beta back then. µtorrent just offers more options to tweak and better gui. transmission is dumbed down too much imo.
     
  23. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

    Interstella5555

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    #23
    Most viruses come from either pirated apps or porn. So...buy your apps and look at porn on the web. Should clear most of it up.
     
  24. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #24
    Since there are no viruses for Mac OS X in public circulation at this time, it is safe to look at "pirated" porn, one should stay away from pirated applications though, as they can contain other kinds of malware.
     
  25. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2011
    Location:
    UK
    #25
    Prove that he's illegally downloading them... ;)


    Anyway, if your ISP is like mine, it will restrict DL speeds for certain times of the day. I get a maximum of 5KB/s up until 12am when they release the chains and allow the full 40Mb potential, up until 10am
     

Share This Page