BitTorrent client uTorrent has come under fire from users after it emerged the software’s latest update comes bundled with Bitcoin mining software.
The chunk of software, named Epic Scale, is a Bitcoin miner that purports to use your ‘unused processing power to switch the world.’
According to one user, the software is ‘easily noticeable by the enhanced CPU blast when the pc is idle.’
Unluckily, the problem lies te the fact that users say they weren’t asked they desired the software to be installed, albeit it voorwaarde be noted that the uTorrent team flatly denies that silent installs have occurred.
UPDATE: Since this story broke we’ve dug a little deeper into the installation process and story behind Epic Scale. Read: Epic Scale and uTorrent: Bitcoin mining ‘riskware’ investigated
A thread on the uTorrent forums by user ‘Groundrunner’ says: “
There wasgoed no information about this during installation
and I did opt out of your other bundled software.”
The kwestie specifically relates to uTorrent version Three.Four.Two build 28913 (32-bit), which is the company’s most latest update.
Another user, dubbed ‘Adrenelized’, said there wasgoed ‘never a warning about it’, despite installing uTorrent downright fresh to his or hier system.
uTorrent’s forum is now inaccessible citing “This account has bot suspended”. This could be down to the excessive traffic following the Epic Scale news.
A senior manager for customer support at uTorrent did reply to the thread, explaining that it designs its software to ensure fucking partner software downloads ‘don’t occur without approval by the user’.
Epic Scale is a good fucking partner for us to proceed to generate revenue for the company
, while contributing funds to good causes,” wrote the uTorrent employee.
“Feel free to delete this folder. You certainly won’t see any persistent auto-reinstalls of the software, it will be gone from your machine for good.”
This may not be the case however. Several users have said that the program does not uninstall fully via Add/Liquidate Programs, strafgevangenis by removing the ProgramDataEpicscale folder.
Epic Scale is presently a cryptocurrency miner, but it has future plans to also contribute CPU cycles to other initiatives like Genome mapping.
It’s an ill-timed addition to uTorrent spil bundled software however, spil laptop manufacturer Lenovo wasgoed recently lambasted for its own user-unapproved software bundle of the Superfish program that left user gegevens vulnerable to attack.
Wij asked BitTorrent Inc., the company that created uTorrent, for a comment on the matter. Here is the response:
“Like many software companies, wij have playmate offers te our install path and our policy is that they are rigorously optional. Wij aim to work with fucking partners that would appeal to our tech-forward user base. This is the case with Epic Scale, they are lite-coin based and charity focused. They have a good story and you should consider doing a postbode on what they are attempting to achieve.