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IP filtering with uTorrent

IP filtering with uTorrent

If you’ve been using BitTorrent to download any of the more popular files, such as the latest episode of some major TV show, you may have found yourself receiving lots of “Wasted” data. This is data that has been discarded after being deemed corrupt or invalid by your BitTorrent client. Every so often, you will have received more wasted data than the size of the files you are downloading!

This is happening because Anti-P2P organizations are actively polluting P2P networks with fake peers, which send out fake or corrupt data in order to waste bandwidth and slow down file transfers. At its worst, when downloading major copyrighted torrents, as much as a fourth of the peers you are connected to can be attributed to various Anti-P2P agencies. There is also a much more serious side to this. Once you’ve established a connection to one of these fake “peers”, your IP has been logged and will most likely be sent to the RIAA/MPAA!

But there is a way to fight back! If you are using the latest µTorrent (1.5), you can employ a little known feature called IP filtering. The author of µTorrent has gone out of his way to hide it, but it’s there nonetheless. But before we can activate this filter, we need to retrieve a list of currently known Anti-P2P organization IPs.

This is most easily done by downloading the latest blacklist from Bluetack (the same people who wrote SafePeer for the Azureus BT client) at http://www.bluetack.co.uk/config/nipfilter.dat.gz. This list is updated daily, and contains all known Anti-P2P organizations, trackers and peers, aswell as all known Goverment/Military IP addresses as collected by the Bluetack team. Once downloaded, extract and rename the file to “ipfilter.dat” in preparation for the final step.

To make the list available to µTorrent, you need to put it in %AppData%uTorrent. So type this into the Address Bar, or click Start -> Run and type it there. After placing the ipfilter.dat in this folder, start µTorrent and go into preferences (Ctrl+P), then click on “Advanced”. In the right hand pane, make sure that “ipfilter.enable” is set to true, and then close the dialog. That’s it for the configuration.

You can verify that the list has been loaded by looking under the “Logging” tab of µTorrent, where you should see the line “Loaded ipfilter.dat (X entries)”.

Congratulations! You are now protected against most of the garbage-distributing peers; and the likelyhood of the RIAA or MPAA knocking at your door has been substantially reduced! I’d go as far as to say that you shouldn’t be using µTorrent at all without this feature turned on! And even if the law enforcement side of it doesn’t bother you, you should still be interested in reducing the amount of garbage data that gets sent your way, which in turn leads to quicker downloads, and isn’t that something everybody should strive for? ;)

Note: It’s advised that you update the list at least once a month, to keep you updated on the movement of the Anti-P2P organizations. One tool that will aid you getting these updates is the “Blocklist Manager” from the same people who made the list; go to http://www.bluetack.co.uk/ and download it. On a related note, this note from the µTorrent FAQ should come in handy: “To reload ipfilter.dat without restarting µTorrent, simply open the preferences (ctrl+p), and press enter to close it again.”

Trollsaregay
Trollsaregay

I buy a pay as you go SIM card less than a dollar then spend a fiver for the unlimited Internet for a month option then create a wifi hotspot with my phone then connect to my pc, then after a mnth chuck the sim and get a new one, for example if they ask for my details to the one I'm using now they will get mr.elf master c/o the North Pole, Santas house, the arctic. Even through my phone using 3G connection I get 6mb connection, personally after over 10yrs I think p2p is coming to an end with company's like Comcast running 24/7 ip tracking program's and company's like hide my ass and bt guard admitting to giving out ips saying that the user signed up saying they would not use it for illegal downloads, there is no way to be 100% safe, I think it's down to the torrent clients now to come up with a way to not blantently show ip addresses I mean if say using u torrent your ip was safe who the f*** would bother using anything else, from file sharing hosts like mega upload to news groups to torrents I wonder what will be next, it needs to be quick now as maybe even as quick as 1 or 2 yrs from now it will just not be worth the risk, at the mo the trolls are winning and by a big margin and as soon as the law is changed in their favour there is going to be alot of people in big trouble

Theinfamousone
Theinfamousone

Yeah I'm sure more clients will start banning these morons that upload worthless data say 10MB?

phalkon30
phalkon30

Azureus does this allready. In fact it warns you then blocks the IP's that send you bad data. It keeps a running total at the bottom and allows you to easily clear it if you want. It also allows you to import IP's from huge blocklists.

thepuzzler
thepuzzler

Even if it has aired in America thats not to say it has in the rest of the world. Fox / NBC / Whatever sell these shows to networks in other countries. If they're freely available on the net then they're value depreciates. "Lost" is a perfect example in the UK we're on episode 4 I'm watching the second to last episode thanks to the yanks and as such don't follow the series on UK TV. Less people watching means less ad revenue. It all comes down to money.

AbsolutePwn
AbsolutePwn

for some reason the link you provided just came up with the list of ip addresses nothing else. how do i download them?!

eminn3m
eminn3m

the instructions say: "%AppData%uTorrent" it should be: "%AppData%uTorrent"

axlman
axlman

Ok so how can we retrieve the list Anti-P2P organization IPs

DigitalJunkie
DigitalJunkie

@MrGonzo Go download the free Blocklist Manager from BlueTack use the converter tool included to export Generic - IP Range "Unpadded" List as ipfilter.dat. Once you have the ipfilter.dat & follow the instructions from the story's link uTorrent would be able to use it! Have a safer computing experience! :)

Greylin
Greylin

Follow the story link and read.

MrGonzo
MrGonzo

I've done everything it said to do and the log of UTorrent doesn't say the DAT file is loaded...HELP!

Ne007
Ne007

Yeh..well...who cares if they get our IP addresses...they can't sue a million people or more. This is the same thing as peerguardian from the looks of it. Utorrent should send out a list of banned IP address that are giving out bad data...then have a community banning protocol in place.

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

I've never run into one of those bad seeds I've had at most a couple of megs wasted on a file and very rarely any 'hashfails'. I could see the torrent program being set to put a session ban on any peer that gives out too many bad pieces then damage to the torrent would be limited. Snub them.

Theinfamousone
Theinfamousone

What's the MPAA/RIAA gonna do if you download a TV show anyway? Let's just say I'm downloading a few episodes of Lost that are obviously recorded off "the air" with commercials cut out first of all the MPAA doesn't care and they can't sue you even if they did because they dont have copyrights to it maybe Fox or NBC or whoever but I've never heard of them worrying about an already aired TV show being dlownloaded so much that they are going to hire 4 million lawyers and start their own bot searches etc. etc. and try to upload fake data LOL. I can't see that happening any time soon either.

WRFan
WRFan

don't forget to rename the file to ipfilter.dat! I totally forgot and was wondering why the hell the file is not loaded. this file really does it! I was trying to download 2 files for several days always getting bad chunks. then I added the ipfilter restarted utorrent and 2 minutes later the downloads finished! great!

Poe420
Poe420

Heres how to make it work since the instructions did not work for me first go to start-->Run type %AppData% then find utorrent folder put in ifilter.dat file go to utorrent set filter to false then exit utorrent open it back up and set ifilter value to true then it should work

eminn3m
eminn3m

this site seems to take out the slash sign but there should be a backslash between %appdata% and utorrent

sanuly
sanuly

with build 2.0 [18260] and forwards, do you need this bluetack thing? I mean, does utorr automatically ban for you? can it automatically detect govt agencies? Does that mean, that we dont need to go through the hassle of manualy downloading from blue tack?

wtf
wtf

no wonder people are so confused.

Lu
Lu

you have to unzip the ipfilter.dat.gz to work.

Kainsmoney
Kainsmoney

No need for Ipfilter, Peerblock will do the job.

Ghynson
Ghynson

I believe utorrent 2.0.4 already has this in place. You can see the logger banning IP's as the hash counts go up.

rojo
rojo

how do i unblock an ip..utorrent is blocking my seedbox....help would be appreciated

I Want To Corn Hole You
I Want To Corn Hole You

Just leech with upload a file at 0.1% until the file is downloaded 100% complete and remove the torrent from your torrent program and fuck the MPAA and everyone else. Stay away from new files until 100.000 thousand seeders are sharing and do the same. Its your computer and I.P. who gives a shit about what a person thinks about sharing for free or copyright crap. Get a life losers!

Derrick
Derrick

Where would you place ipfilter.dat on a mac?

kim
kim

if u just want movies, spend $9 per month & get them at netflix, no i'm NOT being paid, since im using NF i dont worry anymore, & their unlimited streaming is first rate, bug free. wish id started with NF a long time ago... no worries. it costs NOTHING compared to $250+/hr for an attorney not to mention the hell you'll go thru. do yourself a favor

Jonson198200
Jonson198200

Thank Jan, beethink ip blocker really is an IP blocking tool.

Jan Bernstain
Jan Bernstain

BeeThink IP Blocker blocks unwanted IP addresses based on IP blocklists

BULLSHIT
BULLSHIT

this is BULLSHIT I followed all of this, took nipfilter.dat.gz renamed to ipfilter.dat put in the folder it says loaded ipfilter.dat (0 entries) ZERO ENTRIES WHAT THE FUCK what a waste of my goddamn time

path
path

cd %AppData%\uTorrent This will take you to the path you need to be in to start a batch file, which you automate to have the most current and up to date version loaded into uTorrent. It works something like this -> copy and paste into a text editor such as notepad and save it with the ".BAT" file extension. A batch file can be run in Windows / OSX / Linux alike. @echo off if exist ipfilter.dat copy ipfilter.dat ipfilter.bak > nul if exist ipfilter.dat del ipfilter.dat wget.exe -r --tries=3 http://emulepawcio.sourceforge.net/ipfilter.dat -O ipfilter.dat I've saved as "IPFilterUpdate.bat" and have this scheduled to run every 24 hours. I've encountered a minor hiccup or two, such as the file might "sometimes" be non-existent, unfounded, smaller than expected and basically a load of old rubbish. Now your going to need the program "wget" installed, which is available in Chocolate, Strawberry, Linux, Unix, OS/X and Windaz flavors. Bonnnnn Appetite!

plex
plex

You're all going to jail!

moi
moi

how can I add an IP to the list? I use utorrent. thx.

ur a dik
ur a dik

@Ne007 are you dum they can get ur ip and sue ur parents u fucking dick and den ul be like mummy otherppl do it as wel, ul get a slap boi

IPREDator
IPREDator

1cooldude u are correct. I have experienced being stung by AntiP2P group last month and my banned IP list did squat. While all my ISP could do was inform me that "I may or may not be involved in downloading copyright content" and block my IP Address for 1min, I thought it was time to look at new ways to stay off the radar. The pirate bay are launching IPREDator - so far this may be the best way to mask your IP address. Proxies are not enough. So google it and find out for yourself. BTW as I discovered ANTIP2P groups don't need to worry about having their IP addresses on a ban list, all they have to do is connect to a torrent and logg IP addresses that connect to the torrent then send out emails to ur ISP. Ban lists only help to keep them out of ur box.

1cooldude
1cooldude

paradox, you read like an advertising dick. Peerguardian sucks and if you think it will protect your balls from being squeezed by RIAA and/or anyone who wants you, you're gravely mistaken.

TheParadox
TheParadox

Ok, one last rant: I just started uTorrent, and the second it started it tried to connect with a BitTorrent INC IP.(probably checking for updates) But you see my point.

TheParadox
TheParadox

ok, my blocklist pro site doens't work Just Google Bluetack -- it should set up here: www.bluetack.co.uk/

YouAreDouche
YouAreDouche

I hope the cops come knocking on your door some day you pile of crap. It's one thing to delete a torrent once it's downloaed but to purposely throttle upload to only 0.1%? That is a bitch move and I hope you get arrested someday.

Becca
Becca

You can't use it on a Mac, or at least you couldn't before. It doesn't register right.. Just use Peer Guardian and/or Little Snitch instead. Those have worked great for me.

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

Attorney? Guess you've never heard of VPNs, Usenet, or darknets.

WowYouAreDumb!
WowYouAreDumb!

Where the HELL did it say to rename ipfilter.dat.gz to ipfilter.dat? Why the hell would that even work? You can' just change file extensions and expect them to magically work. .GZ is a compressed file. You can't just delete the GZ and use it. You open the .gz file with WinRar/7zip or any of the dozens of free programs that open compressed files. Inside the gz file is "IPFILTER.DAT"!!! WoW so complex!! I'm so sick of seeing assholes like you bitching on torrent comments/tutorial comments/etc. You can't figure something that SHOULD be easy out, so you start bitching and blaming it on other people.

BIGGER bullshit
BIGGER bullshit

Hi there BULLSHIT: Ever considered you are doing it wrong .... !!

BTW ......
BTW ......

...the world is coming to an end .... sooner or later, that is ...!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Works fine on Mac - Version 1.0.0.1 (20277) . Just put the file here: ~/Library/Application Support/uTorrent



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