Browsing the internet isn’t as safe as it used to be, and even then probably was not as safe as we’d all thought it was. Hackers are constantly crawling the web for vulnerabilities in website code to expose the privacy of individual users, and chances are if you have ever connected to a public WiFi hotspot you have been on the same network of somebody that was trying to attack it. Protecting your privacy with a VPN is one great way to prevent accidental leakage of your sensitive information.
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.