I do not have any antivirus other than Windows Defender currently. I completely uninstalled McAfee which of course requires a re-boot. The "Snowden" clips came through with no problem, so the Windows Defender is not the culprit.
I make no claims against antivirus hoaxes and wannabees. I just want to figure out why BitTorrent does not even connect with the SuSE Linux server (known safe) and others that are cleanly obtained .torrent files. I DID get trapped by one fake - ANONURE (or whatever) and that was a total system rebuild. My Windows 10 machine is newly re-installed with an HP USB stick load received less than a week ago.
Thanks, Harold, for your continued suggestions. Ich wuensche ihnen eine schoene tag noch.