DownloadShield.net is a torrent search engine which searches for torrents from top torrent sites and fetches results found on one page. These results will lead to small files (1-3kb) with a .torrent extension, after you download these files add them to your torrent client to start downloading the sources you are searching for with your usual download speed.
What a .torrent file is?
It is a small metadata file which contains information about the data you want to download, not the data itself. The .torrent file is needed to connect to the tracker and download the actual information.
Explain what BitTorrent is and where to get a torrent client?
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (or P2P) protocol widely used to distribute large files. It is peer-to-peer in nature as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file.
For more info consult:
The official BitTorrent website (http://www.bittorrent.com/)
The Wikipedia BitTorrent page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent)
A desired torrent client may be downloaded from one of the following resources at your choice:
- uTorrent - designed to use as little cpu, memory and space as possible while offering all the functionality expected from advanced clients (http://www.utorrent.com/)
- The official BitTorrent client (http://www.bittorrent.com)
- Azureus - a more advanced BitTorrent client (http://azureus.sourceforge.net/)
- BitComet - a user-friendly BitTorrent client (http://www.bitcomet.com/)
- For more BitTorrent clients you may visit : http://www.zeropaid.com/software/file-sharing/bittorrent/
What is a tracker, peer, seed, leech?
Tracker : is a server that keeps track of which seeds and peers are in the bulk. Clients report information to the tracker periodically and in exchange receive information about other clients that they can connect to. When you open a torrent file, your machine contacts the tracker and asks for a list of seeds and leechers to connect to.
Peer : is an instance of a BitTorrent client running on a computer on the Internet that you connect to and transfer data. Usually a peer does not have the complete file, but only parts of it. 'Peer' can be used to refer to any participant in the swarm.
Seed : is a peer that has a complete copy of the torrent and still offers it for upload. The more seeds there are, the better the chances are for completion of the file.
Leech : is a peer with a negative effect on the swarm by having a very poor share ratio - they download much more than upload.
Why do my downloads sometimes stall at 99%?
The more pieces you have, the harder it becomes to find peers which have the missing ones. Be patient and you will get the remaining pieces.