How To Fix uTorrent Causing Audio and System Stutter

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:

  1. Open McAfee’s interface, and click ‘Navigation’ on the right.
  2. Now, click ‘Firewall’
  3. Scroll down to ‘Internet Connections for Programs’, and search for ‘uTorrent’.
  4. Once you’ve found uTorrent, click it and hit ‘Edit’. Then set NetGuard to off.
  5. Enjoy, because the problem is GONE.
If you have Windows 7/8:
  1. Hit the Start Menu and type ‘Firewall’. Click the one that simply says “Windows Firewall”.
  2. On the top left, click “Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall”.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
I would love to help you fix this with other anti-virus software, but I currently have McAfee. If you do have different anti-virus software with firewall settings, look through the settings until you find an option that allows all traffic from a specific program. It will definitely fix the problem.
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