06 Mar '15, 3pm

uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner, Users Complain

With well over 150 million active users a month uTorrent is by far the most used BitTorrent client around. The application brings in revenue through in-app advertising and also presents users with “offers” to try out third-party software when installed or updated. These offers are usually not placed on users’ machines without consent, but this week many users began complaining about a “rogue” offer being silently installed. The complaints mention the Epic Scale tool, a piece of software that generates revenue through cryptocurrency mining. To do so, it uses the host computer’s CPU cycles. Epic Scale is flagged by many anti-virus vendors . However, it has been included with uTorrent for several weeks already, without any significant complaints. However, starting this week many users reported that the software was installed without any notification. “This is pure bloatware, ...

Full article: http://torrentfreak.com/utorrent-quietly-installs-riskwar...

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