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Posted 3/6/15 , edited 3/6/15
Have your PC/mac/ubuntu or whatever other device you're running uTorrent's latest version on made your devices slower?

Well, you're not the only one who have suffered from this since uTorrent's latest version installs a virus on your PC called EpicScale. So what is EpicScale? It's really not a virus in the sense that it damages your PC or steals information from it... But what it does do is force your PC into becoming a bitcoin mining client, therefore making it slower by overworking your CPU. You can read more details and the discussion over at 4chan including see how uTorrent is trying to censor people from finding out about this here https://boards.4chan.org/g/thread/46878334#p46884303. Keep in mind that 4chan stuff tends to vanish!

If you're affected by uTorrent's EpicScale then you can follow the instructions on how to remove it here http://www.howtogeek.com/211363/how-to-remove-utorrents-epicscale-crapware-from-your-computer/

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Just whatever you do, DON'T install a old version of uTorrent since old software may lead your PC into having more security holes.
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That's actually pretty smart on their part
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This is why you don't click 'I Accept' anywhere else other than the original ToS xDD
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Can a Mac even get a virus? I never had a problem updating uTorrent...
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Posted 3/6/15 , edited 3/6/15
Luckily I don't use µTorrent

But I use Vuze so I could still get a virus



jeffcoatstephen wrote:

Can a Mac even get a virus? I never had a problem updating uTorrent...




Yes
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Posted 3/6/15
I recently switched from utorrent to qBittorrent. I switched just in time, it seems.
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Posted 3/6/15
Thanks for the tip
I'll uninstall it right now
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Posted 3/6/15

Lowlights wrote:

That's actually pretty smart on their part


No, it's not smart on their move. Let's break down what has happened, most freeware companies will accept money from other companies since they provide a service for free... And this in most cases is a annoying toolbar or something similar. But what they've done is accepted a bit of money from a nobody who have made a virus that slows down peoples PC's... It's not smart, and it damages their brand.


xShinku wrote:

This is why you don't click 'I Accept' anywhere else other than the original ToS xDD


It get's installed from a auto-update no matter if you accept the terms or not... Btw, this is the official version http://forum.utorrent.com/topic/95041-warning-epicscale-riskware-silently-installed-with-latest-utorrent/


jeffcoatstephen wrote:

Can a Mac even get a virus? I never had a problem updating uTorrent...


Yes, a mac can get viruses. It's just not as common as on PC becuase the Mac instalbase isn't as big as the PC instalbase around the world.
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yes max and linux OS's are susceptible.

http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/284124-myth-busting-is-linux-immune-to-viruses

http://www.howtogeek.com/141944/htg-explains-why-windows-has-the-most-viruses/

They're harder to infect because they have more limitations and warnings when installing something, and most, MOST of the programs for apple are strictly limited to those vetted by Apple, and Linux programs usually work via distros. (they're downloaded from linux servers, which, a lot of them have been vetted or simply are maintained by hobbyists who typically do not have the malicious intent... and there's already usually a default torrent program with linux, (Transmission with mine) which makes me suspicious of why the hell someone might download another torrenting program but to each their own...)

My other question would be who the fuck uses bitcoins!?!??!?!?!?!?!?! Other than drug users I mean...
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Posted 3/6/15 , edited 3/6/15
Turned off automatic updates when it went to 3.4.1 because of some of the other ad related crap, probably gonna switch to qBitTorrent though. Fortunately haven't found any CVE notices for uTorrent 3.4.1 though.
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Posted 3/6/15
I just uninstalled to be safe.
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Posted 3/6/15
BitTorrent or gtfo.
Posted 3/6/15
Jeeze, and I JUST got rid of a truly horrible virus that locked my computer. Ugh.
Posted 3/6/15
I've yet to know of anyone that uses a mac including myself to ever get a virus.

I don't use torrents, never found them helpful for the most part.
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It does damage the brand, I haven't used utorrent in a long time but if I ever needed to torrent something it would be the program I'd turn to, but now even if they try to make it right I don't think I would use it again.
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