I can confirm that this is not a specific software problem. I tried various software on both OS X and Windows, on the same computer using the same connection, and the result is always the same. In Windows, I barely notice that they're running, and in OS X, I'm always needing to refresh the pages several times for them to load, even when it's downloading at a speed of 2 KB/sec. So what's the big idea? Is there something about ports/sockets that I need to know about OS X? Thanks in advance. PS: Perhaps the problem isn't related to the torrents at all, but a general slowness in the connection. Whatever it is, I'd appreciate the help.