For a while now, uTorrent has caused a really annoying audio stutter and performance hiccup that would occur about every 5 seconds whether I was in a game or just listening to music. I couldn’t figure it out for the longest time, so I just had to deal with it. Today I decided it was time to figure out why exactly this was happening, and here’s how you can fix it.
The problem is caused by firewall settings in either Windows 7/8, or in my case my anti-virus software.
If you have McAfee Anti-Virus, try this:
- Open McAfee’s interface, and click ‘Navigation’ on the right.
- Now, click ‘Firewall’
- Scroll down to ‘Internet Connections for Programs’, and search for ‘uTorrent’.
- Once you’ve found uTorrent, click it and hit ‘Edit’. Then set NetGuard to off.
- Enjoy, because the problem is GONE.
- Hit the Start Menu and type ‘Firewall’. Click the one that simply says “Windows Firewall”.
- On the top left, click “Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall”.
- In that list, find ‘uTorrent’. If it’s not there, click ‘Allow another program…”. search for it, and ensure that “Home/Work (Private)” and “Public” are checked off.
- The problem should be gone by now. If it’s not, you can mess with the advanced firewall settings, and set uTorrent to allow all incoming and outgoing connections.