Xunlei is a file sharing client that supports BitTorrent, eDonkey, Kad, and FTP. It is said to be faster then other popular bitTorrent clients such as bitComet and uTorrent. I usually use it for downloading drama episodes through torrent and ftp.
I like using Xunlei (Thunder) but the problem to me was that it contains too many distractions and ads. A fresh installtion of Xunlei will look something like the picture below whereby boxes in red are ads and Xunlei community news.
The following tips will teach you how to remove all of those bothering contents.
Shut down Xunlei (Thunder) if it’s already running.
Remove Header Ads
You can stop getting ads on the top header section of Xunlei by doing this. That section will still show but there won’t be any ads in it anymore.
Open C:\Program Files\Thunder Network\Thunder\Program\Ad, delete all files except 002.gif, main.gif, new.gif, default_main.swf and default_new.swf. Then open C:\Program Files\Thunder Network\Thunder\Program, find gui.cfg and edit it with notepad so that the following settings refers to empty strings.
Remove Right Sidebar Ads
This is probably the most requested part to be removed in the application.
Open up C:\Program Files\Thunder Network\Thunder\Profiles\UserCofig.ini with notepad and search for the section [Splitter_1]. You will see a list such as
Edit the last line so that you get Pane1_Hide=1. That’s it.
Now run Xunlei (Thunder) and you will see that all the right hand sidebar contents are now gone (it’s actually hidden)! If you want them back, just change the previous setting back to 1.
Extra: Remove Xunlei Community News (bottom left corner)
Chances are you don’t even have an comunity account since you’re just using Xunlei(Thunder) for downloading stuffs online. This is easy as you can just use the shortcut key ALT+V+U to remove that section.
Extra: Remove Pop Up Tips and Ads
This is really another annoying part of the program. Goto Options (ALT+O), Advanced, and untick the following boxes labelled in red so you won’t see them again.
That’s it. A cleaner user interface is just what we need 🙂