How to block advertisements on uTorrent 1.8.6 for Mac OS X using the hosts file

uTorrent has made advertisements unremovable with its latest release for Mac (1.8.6): they appear in the left sidebar and there’s no way to remove them, even by editing the advanced preferences.

uTorrent with ads

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:

# uTorrent ads
0.0.0.0 cdn.bitmedianetwork.com
0.0.0.0 static.ap.bittorrent.com

Update: if you need help editing the hosts file, please read this guide on OS X Daily.

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!

uTorrent without ads

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Autore: pietrodn

Sono nato nel 1993 e studio Ingegneria Informatica al Politecnico di Milano. Amo leggere, programmare, costruire cose. Nella mia vita sono stato un Wikipediano e ho fatto parte del Consiglio di Istituto della mia scuola che è il Liceo Scientifico "Albert Einstein" di Milano. I miei interessi spaziano dall'informatica nelle sue diverse espressioni fino alla politica universitaria e a tutte le cose che possono definirsi geek.

12 thoughts on “How to block advertisements on uTorrent 1.8.6 for Mac OS X using the hosts file”

  1. With the new version for mac along with undesirable ads i experienced a huge drop in donwload speed….i felt from 500-600k to 50-100k, i did not change anything…..any idea how can i fix this problem? perhaps something has changed in the settings??

    Thanks!

  2. ok, i know this a path but what’s before “/etc” ? (supposing i installed it in the classic “Application” folder)

  3. Sadly this doesn’t address the problem of the ad box taking up valuable real-estate and hiding your RSS feeds. It only hides the content of the box – not the box itself.

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