When using uTorrent, you get the following notice in the status bar:

DHT: Waiting to log in

In the Tracker Status, you will see:

[DHT] waiting for announce

Proxy connect error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

As well as the status changing from “Ok” to “No incoming connections” – back and forth.

This problem is due to an improper proxy connection setting.  For me it was because at one point I had set up Tor as a proxy for my torrents (the internet will tell you why this is a bad idea – http://lmgtfy.com/?q=tor+as+torrent+proxy), but had never reset uTorrent.

The (A?) simple solution is:

  1. Options -> Preferences -> Connection
  2. Set Proxy Server to Type: None
  3. Right click (or select all – CTRL-A) your torrents and choose “Update Tracker”

Things should be back on track in no time.