How to Use a Firewall to Block an Outgoing uTorrent
By C. Taylor
Windows 8 protects your computer with its native Windows Firewall by controlling incoming and outgoing traffic for specific programs. You can use this firewall's advanced settings to block outgoing traffic from the peer-to-peer uTorrent program while keeping incoming traffic open to receive legal downloads. This option preserves your uploading speed and reduces excessive read and write operations on your hard drive that can reduce drive longevity.
Type "Windows Firewall" from the Start screen, click "Settings" and select "Windows Firewall."
Click "Advanced Settings" from the left pane.
Click "Outbound Rules" from the left pane and then "New Rule" from the right pane.
Click "Program" and then "Next."
Click "Browse," double-click the uTorrent program and select "Next." You can also select the shortcut to the uTorrent client.
Click "Block the Connection" and then "Next."
Check the "Domain," "Private" and "Public" boxes and click "Next."
Enter a name and optional description for the new rule and click "Finish" to block outgoing uTorrent traffic.
- As a secondary defense, configure uTorrent to stop uploading. Click "Options," "Preferences" and then "Bandwidth." Enter "0" in the "Number of Upload Slots Per Torrent" field.
- Never upload or download copyrighted material that you don't have the legal right to distribute or possess.
- Information in this article applies to uTorrent 3.x. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.