Problem with torrent download speeds

I usually download al app,games and movies using torrents.I download them from piratebay.org or mininova.com and I make sure I download the torrents with good number of seeds and leeches, and when I start the torrent the seeds/leech column shows huge number but I'm not able to get full speed.

I'm having a 2MBPS connection which gives me a download speed of 250KBPS,but I'm not able to get even 50KBPS from each torrent.
Earlier though I start only one torrent it use to pull full speed (250KBPS) easyly but I'm able to do that now.
I'm running on WinXP,using Kaspersky 2009 and torrent software BitLord

Is there anything that I can do or edit the settings or tweak so that I get ood sped for each torrent.

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Anonymous
16.5.09 delete

usually the speeds you get depends from how much bandwidth other users have left to seed.

You have to understand that usually people have more download than upload bandwidth which makes it impossible for everyone to get full speed.

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Anonymous
16.5.09 delete

First off you want to scrap BitLord and get a better torrent client. BitLord is based off of the BitComet source code and is rarely maintained or updated. It's better to just ignore the many programs based off of BitComet and just go ahead and download that. I've used pretty much all torrent clients and found the best to the simplest; if you're on Windows Deluge is a good one however if you're using *Nix you can't beat Transmission.

Second if you're behind a router you will need to forward the ports required to use your torrent application of choice otherwise data will not be able to pass through the router efficiently resulting in a NAT error. I'm guessing you've already done this though but if not check out http://portforward.com/ on how to do so.

Thirdly it's down to the seeders themselves, many will be lurking within the tracker without actually uploading anything whether it's down to their bandwidth limitations or by choice. Alot of websites like PirateBay and other popular search engines especially geared towards searching trackers will often report false amounts of seeders on a particular torrent as it will display the activity within the torrent as a whole often ignoring the fact it may be spread over several smaller trackers some of which you may not have access to. Another common activity within the torrent community (especially on PirateBay) is for agencies specially set up for monitoring internet piracy to upload false torrents often of newly released movies, games or tv shows, these files are fakes and often just huge amounts of junk bytes packed into an avi container or rar. They will spoof the seeder activity forcing torrent search engines to report them as being well seeeded (sometimes even above the 1000 mark) of course this is just to trick you into downloading the file while they monitor your bandwidth and log your IP, they will then check it against a database of other IP's logged and if they find you're downloading large amounts of pirated material from torrents they will contact your ISP and take legal action against you. This has happened to a fair amount of people I know online one of which went to court for simply downloading an episode of Scrubs, it's VERY unlikely you will get caught however it is something you have to take into consideration when using torrents. Also a lot of programs calming they can hide your IP or internet activity (PeerGuardian for example) will often just be providing you will peace of mind while they do very little to protect you (remember you're not safe from this type of monitoring by simply reseting your router either).

The best thing you can do is to stop using public trackers and start trying to get access to private ones (PM me if you would like a Demonoid invitation I'll be happy to help), you'll find once you have access to one you will be able to generate and swap passwords gaining you access to others. There's even a thread on here dedicated to doing so. If you really want to get the most out of torrents this is how you're going to do as all the serious seeders/up loaders are on the private trackers.

Finally although I'm slightly biased against torrents I still recommend you only use them unless you really have to, there isn't much need for them anymore in this day and age of incredibly fast file hosting services. Also from a security point of view torrents and p2p software no matter how much they claim to be safe and what AV you're using they're still extremely unsecured. New exploits appear nearly daily online for such clients allowing pretty much anyone with even a basic knowledge of hacking to giant access to your system.

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16.5.09 delete

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New post Re: Problem with torrent download speeds....HELP
a lot of torrent users don't seed at all

try demonoid, they provide good seeds
but you also have to seed to increase your ratio

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