Windows Defender began to block uTorrent, considering it a malware

Never such was, and again: antiviruses again mark the torrent client uTorrent as a potentially dangerous application. After the recent update of the databases, Windows Defender began to automatically send the program to quarantine.

Windows Defender began to block uTorrent, considering it a malware

Never such was, and again: antiviruses again mark the torrent client uTorrent as a potentially dangerous application. After the recent update of the databases, Windows Defender began to automatically send the program to quarantine.

There is for what?

Microsoft last year called uTorrent an application with a bad reputation, but so far the company's antivirus did not interfere in the work of the torrent client. What made the corporation move to more decisive actions is unknown. But at least five more scanners in the VirusTotal database are in solidarity with the Windows Defender. These include ESET NOD32 and "cloudy" HouseCall from Trend Micro.

As reported in BitTorrent, on the site are available three versions of uTorrent. Windows Defender swears at one of them, which is installed by about 5% of users. The company considers this to be a false positive, but it does not say anything about the reasons for this behavior of anti-virus scanners. If that, the Defender allows you to cancel the decision to send to quarantine and add the program to the exceptions. It will return uTorrent to life.

He does not know

Initially, uTorrent (or rather, μTorrent) was conceived as a lightweight client without unnecessary functions. The first version of the program was released in 2005. Not so long ago it became known that in 2006 the project passed under the wing of Spotify. Then, an unknown startup became interested in both the creator of the program Ludwig Strigius and the technology of peer-to-peer networks (it was used by the music service until 2014). A few months after the takeover, Spotify sold uTorrent to BitTorrent.

In 2011, a paid version of uTorrent Plus appeared, but most users were satisfied with the free version, which in 2012 they began to monetize. At first it was just advertising, but the further into the forest, the more strange methods of earning the developers chose. In 2015, long before the boom of the secret mining crypto in the browser, uTorrent began secretly installing EpicScale for the production of bitcoins on users' computers.

Recently, uTorrent and his fellow BitTorrent found another vulnerability.

Than to replace?

If you do not like the direction of development of uTorrent, you should pay attention to the alternative clients Transmission, qBittorrent or Deluge. Another option is to download an old uTorrent 2.2.1 , which will not irritate the advertisement (do not forget to just turn off the updates).

Source: ExtremeTech

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