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  • uTorrent New Update Includes Garbage App EpicScale Turns Out To Be a Bitcoin Miner

    Source:newsbtc Original Author:Gola Yashu Post Date:March 6, 2015 Link in newsbtc:uTorrent Garbage App Turns Out To Be a Bitcoin Miner
    The new update of the popular torrent client uTorrent is installing a garbage app EpicScale which, according to some virus scanners, is a Bitcoin mining software.

    The unwanted program was recently highlighted at uTorrent’s complaint forum where a member informed about an autonomic installation, attached within the uTorrent’s latest software build. “When I updated uTorrent to version 3.4.2 build 28913 (32-bit) this morning it silently installed a piece of software called EpicScale,” the member remonstrated. “There was no information about this during installation and I did opt out of your other bundled software.”

    As we researched to find the whereabouts of EpicScale, we found that this program uses the same hash functions — SHA256 and MD5 — that are used by Bitcoin miners to solve blocks. A scan on multiple antivirus programs, including Kaspersky and Norman, also categorized EpicScale to be a Bitcoin miner; not a virus though.

    It simply means that if you install the aforementioned uTorrent update, the chances of your CPU or GPU consuming more power would increase.
    According to the same complainant, you might see an increased CPU load once it is idle, all credits to EpicScale.

    What’s further troubling is that that you cannot uninstall this application by following the usual Uninstall Procedure on Window machines. A representative of EpicScale Inc., named Alexander, however ensured that the usual procedure will remove their application from the computer. He also cleared that the program is just for some “advanced research” while reaching to the community.

    “How do you justify the silent (unrequested) installation and the (again, silent) inclusion of a cryptocurrency miner ‘when waiting for additional research jobs’,” questioned one of the respondents.

    “You cannot be surprised that people object to these two points and regard the software as a virus as a consequence.”

    Moral of the story: Get a third party application to remove EpicScale from your computer. People are recommending Free Fixer.
    Eat, Sleep, Seed, Repeat.

  • #2
    just read that on the utorrent forum. Good thing I haven't been relying on it, since I switched to Deluge. I hope people realize quickly enough so they can't earn too much with this scam of an epic scale (pun intended)
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    • #3
      If it wasn't already, now uTorrent is officially dead to me.
      I've been using qBittorrent and it's pretty light and simple.

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      • #4
        Rest in piece uTorrent, we had many years together and you served me well. I know you needed money, or perhaps just wanted it more than needed it but you took the wrong road. You have lost all respect you once held and will likely never regain it. I am glad I switched to Deluge some time back. Here is to hoping the other top tier torrent programs stay true to their roots.

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        • #5
          The original programmer sold it I think & an unscrupulous company runs ti now, I never updated past V2.2.1.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by TheWickerMan View Post
            The original programmer sold it I think & an unscrupulous company runs ti now, I never updated past V2.2.1.
            It's owned by BitTorrent, Inc.





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            • #7
              Originally posted by Flagger View Post
              Rest in piece uTorrent, we had many years together and you served me well. I know you needed money, or perhaps just wanted it more than needed it but you took the wrong road. You have lost all respect you once held and will likely never regain it.
              That about sums it up.

              - Nipples

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nipples View Post
                That about sums it up.

                - Nipples
                :( So sad to see it turn out that way man.

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