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Bit-Torrent file sharing protocol allows multiple Internet users to download and distribute large amounts of data at the same time. Using bit-torrent may be a little more involved than just saving a file from a website, but the fruits of your labor are often of higher quality. To get started:

Choose a Bit-Torrent client. There are plenty of choices but to get you started us;
uTorrent (go to "All about uTorrent" on how to install)

Now that your computer can process torrents (with uTorrent), it's time to start looking for them on the Web.

Visit Isohunt, the largest and most trusted torrent "tracker"

Click on "Browse Torrents"

Click on "Audio or Video"

You will now see a list of the most recently updated torrents in Isohuntís system
-The column marked "Size" indicates the size of the file
-The column marked "S" indicates the number of users currently "seeding" this file

To download, click the name of the file you wish to access

You will see an information page giving a quick rundown about the file

Click "Download .torrent"

Your Bit-Torrent client (uTorrent) will pop up on screen and begin the download

Most clients include a "% Downloaded" so you can watch your file's progress

Once your download is complete, it is considered polite to continue to "seed" the file for other users

Seeding: Continuing to upload the file to other users even after you have finished with your download
             Generally, the more users are seeding a file, the faster it will download to your computer

Beware of "honeypots"

Some sites have been set up to trap users looking for torrents to illegally download copyrighted material.

For example, the large tracker site TorrentSpy has been ordered to track and log all of its visitor activity. Double-click here to edit the text.
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You can close your torrent program and turn off your computer when you need to. Most torrent programs will resume download process automatically when you start them back up. If the download doesn't resume automatically, there should be an option to start downloading, by either right clicking on the file and choose "Start" or a button somewhere in the program.

There are other torrent clients (programs) that can be used so do your research on these also. The most popular torrent programs are uTorrent, Azureus and BitTorrent.

There are Torrent search engines that search the popular torrent clients (programs). This saves you time by not having to search each individual torrent client site. The most popular torrent search engines are TorrentReactor.net, Nowtorrents.com and Qtorrents.com .

When looking for torrent files, try to find ones with plenty of Seeders. When searching for torrents, you can often sort the results by seeds, simply by clicking on the seeds column header.

Seeders (Seeds): Are people who have a complete copy of the torrent's files and are only uploading (sending) data to the people who are downloading (peers).

Leechers (Peers): Are people who have a portion of the torrent's files while they are downloading they are actively uploading to help others download more quickly.

Downloading torrents can slow your computer down depending on how well your computer performs. Recommended specs for each client vary, but on average you should have at least 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz CPU. You will also need space for the files you want to save.

In certain jurisdictions it is illegal to download content through peer to peer networks such as bittorrent. There is a program which blocks certain IP addresses from communicating with your computer and can help protect you while downloading.

Keep your anti-virus program and its definitions fully up-to-date, downloaded software from 'sharing' sources carries a high risk of infection.

Downloading torrents can slow your overall internet connection down if you don't properly tweak your upload rate. DSL and Cable modems have problems downloading if you're uploading at your maximum rate. Set your clients maximum rate to 80% of your maximum upload rate if you can adjust it. If you set your upload rate too low, your downloads will slow to a crawl.

It's important to know about bittorrents so that you know the risks, consequences, and best practices.
Make sure you check the comment section before downloading, if there is one, to see if the torrent is real or not.

You will want a second hard drive once you start serious torrent downloading. Songs and movies require large disk space, and an average P2P user commonly has 20 to 40 GB of media files at any one time. A second 1TB hard drive is common for serious P2P users, and the recent low prices on hard drives make it a good investment.
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