Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
uTorrent Plus is BitTorrent's latest contribution to the world of top-quality torrent clients. Plus incorporates all of the features of standard uTorrent, including easy-drag file sharing, opensource add-ons, integrated remote management and the ability to rate torrents. Where uTorrent Plus shines, however, is in its integrated components. These features aim to make uTorrent Plus an all-inclusive bittorent client by combining several programs into a single package.
Increased Virus Defense
uTorrent Plus' integrated virus protection primarily serves those who only download files through the bittorent protocol. The intent of this feature is to reduce the CPU and memory cost associated with more system-intensive virus scanners. BitTorrent, the company behind uTorrent, integrated uTorrent's Virus Guard app into Plus. Plus' version of Virus Guard was upgraded to include additional virus definitions and features. The single biggest change to Virus Guard allows uTorrent Plus to actually remove any detected malware or viruses.
Plus' virus protection operates similarly to other anti-virus software. Notification is delivered when a virus is found and several options, including cleaning or deleting the offending file, are given.
Embedded Audio and Video Player
uTorrent Plus' integrated media player is a great idea that still needs a bit of work. Windows Media Player is currently used for playback, leaving many users requesting an additional choice of player. The actual playback itself is isolated to Plus' window, which makes full-screen mode impossible. This problem also causes complete play cessation when any other uTorrent Plus feature is used or clicked on. Replaying in these situations is equally clunky. If the user wishes to resume playing they will have to locate the torrent, begin playing and then navigate to where they left off. A final build may or may not address this issue, but so far it's a deal breaker.
Fortunately, the integrated media player allows for streaming capability. This allows longer movies or audio tracks to be played before the download is fully completed. How this feature handles the division of files within a torrent is not yet known. BitTorrent claims that Plus should allow playback if the torrent is highly available, which means more peers and seeders will increase streaming viability.