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Hello everyone! This is my first post here and I tried to read as many posts as possible in this forum before starting this thread but I couldn't find a solution to my problem. I also read the sticky threads and the faq to no avail. So, the problem is this:

Generally, utorrent works as it should. I downloaded the openoffice torrent and it did max out my connection. However, the last few days I experience very low download speed (upload speed is normal). When I join a swarm as one of the first leechers, I always end up being the last one to complete the torrent. Using the peers tab I can see that I download at 5-10kB/s maximum, while the other leechers reach 100kB/s or more. It looks like almost all the seeders/leechers in the swarm upload and download at normal speed while I download at 1kB/s maximum form each peer. There are also many peers form whom I don't download at all, even though I am connected to them. This happens every time I am downloading a torrent, no matter if it's well-seeded or not.

Let me give you a specific example: for the past week I had been downloading a large file (700MB) which had only 3 seeders. So, I thought it's normal that I don't download faster than 2kB/s. However, another leecher joined the swarm yesterday and he immediately started downloading at 120kB/s! He eventually completed the file and I am still downloading at 3kB/s...

So, to sum it up, the problem seems to be that I can't download faster than 1kB/s from each peer (although sometimes some peers are more "generous" but that's an exception). Any ideas?

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Upload limit: 22kB/s

Upload slots: 3

Connections: 50

Connections (global): 50

Max active torrents: 5

Max active downloads: 2

Encryption is enabled

Please note that I've tried stopping all torrents except the one that I'm donloading but the speeds don't change. And I may have set max active torrents to 5 but most of the time only one or two torrents are active.

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It's also (more, imnsho) likely your ISP is shaping bittorrent traffic. Presence on swarm does not give ANY indication of ETA to finish. I see malaysian peers on my swarms sometimes and I feel for them. They have a nice in-house transfer... but are completely crippled for traffic outside their "safe" zone, i.e. the US, Europe, and almost everywhere else.

Check out 1.8 from the Announcements forum self-encapsulated to see if that helps in any way :/ Other than that, we haven't yet looked at your setup... i.e. running processes.

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Unfortunately, 1.8 didn't help at all. So, I am giving you the list of running processes:

Process PID CPU Description Company Name

System Idle Process 0 81.08

Interrupts n/a Hardware Interrupts

DPCs n/a 1.80 Deferred Procedure Calls

System 4 1.80

SMSS.EXE 620 Windows NT Session Manager Microsoft Corporation

CSRSS.EXE 688 0.90 Client Server Runtime Process Microsoft Corporation

WINLOGON.EXE 712 Windows NT Logon Application Microsoft Corporation

SERVICES.EXE 760 2.70 Services and Controller app Microsoft Corporation

SVCHOST.EXE 928 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

SVCHOST.EXE 960 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

SVCHOST.EXE 1028 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

SVCHOST.EXE 1100 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

SPOOLSV.EXE 1392 Spooler SubSystem App Microsoft Corporation

CTSVCCDA.EXE 1508 Creative Service for CDROM Access Creative Technology Ltd

NOD32KRN.EXE 1608 NOD32 Kernel Service Eset

NVSVC32.EXE 1644 NVIDIA Driver Helper Service, Version 41.09 NVIDIA Corporation

SVCHOST.EXE 1696 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Microsoft Corporation

WDFMGR.EXE 1776 Windows User Mode Driver Manager Microsoft Corporation

iPodService.exe 604 iPodService Module Apple Inc.

LSASS.EXE 772 LSA Shell (Export Version) Microsoft Corporation

EXPLORER.EXE 1296 Windows Explorer Microsoft Corporation

JUSCHED.EXE 1932 Java Platform SE binary Sun Microsystems, Inc.

iTunesHelper.exe 1948 iTunesHelper Module Apple Inc.

NOD32KUI.EXE 2008 NOD32 Control Center GUI Eset


CTFMON.EXE 268 CTF Loader Microsoft Corporation

CTDetect.exe 336 Creative MediaSource Detector Creative Technology Ltd

firefox.exe 2916 Firefox Mozilla Corporation

utorrent.exe 2460

procexp.exe 648 11.71 Sysinternals Process Explorer Sysinternals

Process: utorrent.exe Pid: 2460

Name Description Company Name Version

ACTIVEDS.dll ADs Router Layer DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

adsldpc.dll ADs LDAP Provider C DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

ADVAPI32.dll Advanced Windows 32 Base API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

ATL.DLL ATL Module for Windows NT (Unicode) Microsoft Corporation 3.00.9435.0000


CLBCATQ.DLL Microsoft Corporation 2001.12.4414.0042

COMCTL32.dll User Experience Controls Library Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106

comdlg32.dll Common Dialogs DLL Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106

COMRes.dll Microsoft Corporation 2001.12.4414.0042

CRYPT32.dll Crypto API32 Microsoft Corporation 5.131.2600.1106


DNSAPI.dll DNS Client API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

dssenh.dll Microsoft Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1029

GDI32.dll GDI Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

IMAGEHLP.dll Windows NT Image Helper Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

imon.dll NOD32 IMON - Internet scanning support Eset 2.70.0039.0000




Iphlpapi.dll IP Helper API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0002

kernel32.dll Windows NT BASE API Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106


MPRAPI.dll Windows NT MP Router Administration DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

MSASN1.dll ASN.1 Runtime APIs Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

MSCTF.dll MSCTF Server DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

msvcrt.dll Windows NT CRT DLL Microsoft Corporation 7.00.2600.1106

mswsock.dll Microsoft Windows Sockets 2.0 Service Provider Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

NETAPI32.dll Net Win32 API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

ntdll.dll NT Layer DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

ole32.dll Microsoft OLE for Windows Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

oleaut32.dll Microsoft OLE 3.50 for Windows NT and Windows 95 Operating Systems Microsoft Corporation 3.50.5016.0000


rasadhlp.dll Remote Access AutoDial Helper Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

RASAPI32.DLL Remote Access API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

rasman.dll Remote Access Connection Manager Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

RPCRT4.dll Remote Procedure Call Runtime Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

rsaenh.dll Microsoft Base Cryptographic Provider Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1029

rtutils.dll Routing Utilities Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

SAMLIB.dll SAM Library DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

schannel.dll TLS / SSL Security Provider Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

Secur32.dll Security Support Provider Interface Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

sensapi.dll SENS Connectivity API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

SETUPAPI.dll Windows Setup API Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

SHELL32.dll Windows Shell Common Dll Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106

SHLWAPI.dll Shell Light-weight Utility Library Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106



TAPI32.dll Microsoft® Windows Telephony API Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106


urlmon.dll OLE32 Extensions for Win32 Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106

USER32.dll Windows XP USER API Client DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

USERENV.dll Userenv Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106


uxtheme.dll Microsoft UxTheme Library Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106

VERSION.dll Version Checking and File Installation Libraries Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

wininet.dll Internet Extensions for Win32 Microsoft Corporation 6.00.2800.1106

WINMM.dll MCI API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

winrnr.dll LDAP RnR Provider DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

wintrust.dll Microsoft Trust Verification APIs Microsoft Corporation 5.131.2600.0000

WLDAP32.dll Win32 LDAP API DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.1106

WS2_32.dll Windows Socket 2.0 32-Bit DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

WS2HELP.dll Windows Socket 2.0 Helper for Windows NT Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

wshtcpip.dll Windows Sockets Helper DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

WSOCK32.dll Windows Socket 32-Bit DLL Microsoft Corporation 5.01.2600.0000

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So, how can I fix this? I have followed this procedure: In NOD32 Control center I chose "Thread protection modules"-->"Imon"-->"Setup"-->"Miscellaneous" tab-->pressed the "Edit..." button in the "Exclusion" field and added "D:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe"

have I done anything wrong?

Edit: I just learned that there are many other users of my ISP who face exactly the same problem. I am now pretty sure that jewelisheaven was right. The ISP (OTENET in Greece) is using traffic shaping.

So, thanks everyone for the help! I'll switch to 1.8 and see if it makes any difference...

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